Originally created 01/24/02

Comebacks show team's character



EDITOR'S NOTE: This is the 16th in a series of weekly diaries compiled by Augusta Lynx rookie forward Josh St. Louis as he chronicles his first pro season. The 25-year-old St. Louis shares his thoughts each Thursday during the season with staff writer Rob Mueller.

With the All-Star break this week, the past couple of days have been pretty quiet.

That's a pretty stark contrast to last weekend, when we played three pretty intense games and pulled off three pretty amazing comebacks.

Friday night against Columbia, we got a huge goal from David Wilkie with eight seconds left in overtime to win 4-3. Saturday against Greenville, Guy Larose and Patrick Yetman scored in the final 3:01 to force overtime. We lost in the shootout, but got a big point out of it. And, on Sunday, Johnnie Whitwell tied it up with a goal with 1.7 seconds on the clock. Again, we lost in the shootout, but that was just another incredible comeback for our team.

That's the way it's been lately for our team. We always feel like we're going to find a way to come back. Sure, we lost a couple in the shootout, but we still showed a lot of character. We're playing with a lot of confidence right now and there's a really good feeling around the dressing room.

Tuesday was the All-Star Game for Patty Yetman, and I'm glad to hear things went well for him. Yetter's just playing great hockey right now, scoring some huge goals for us. I think he's finally starting to get the respect he deserves around here, and that's great to see.

I didn't get to watch the game on TV, but he said before he left he was a little bit nervous and didn't know what to expect. His family flew down from Newfoundland, so that was good for him.

Really, I can't say enough about the guy. He's only 21, and already is such a great player in this league. He's playing in crucial situations for us, and he's playing like he's been a veteran in this league a long time. Away from the ice, he's awesome, too. Being from Newfoundland, he has that accent that makes you take a liking to him right away. The guys tease him about it, but it's all in good fun. Everyone really likes and respects Yetter. It's great to see things going well for him.

Like I said, I didn't really do anything during the All-Star break. I thought about going up to Halifax, Nova Scotia to see some of my buddies from college, but I decided to just stay here. Some of the guys talked about going to Las Vegas and New Orleans during the break, but nobody went. The guys procrastinate too much.

We get back to work today with a practice at 5 o'clock. We play at Charlotte on Saturday, and then don't play again until the following Friday.

On one hand, I think the little break in the schedule isn't a great thing for our team. We've been on such a roll lately, taking 10 out of 12 points in the past six games, and you kind of want to keep the momentum going.

On the other hand, though, the break is good to allow some of the guys to get healthy and rested up. It should help a guy like Lance Galbraith, especially. He hurt his shoulder in Sunday's game at Pee Dee, and the break will give him some time to get better. He flew home to Ottawa for the break, but from what I've heard, he's going to be just fine, which is great to hear.

I know I'm feeling rested and refreshed and ready to go. I'm looking forward to getting back to playing Saturday, and hopefully we can keep our little roll here going.