Originally created 02/24/03

Scuffle could turn the tide



Although the Augusta Lynx say they've moved on from an altercation between forwards Patrick Yetman and Mike Legg in Thursday's loss to Columbia, an introspective Yetman issued one final word on the incident with the hopes of putting it to rest for good.

"I just want to apologize to all the fans, to my teammates and to the Augusta Lynx organization for what happened," Yetman said. "The fans, the team, everyone has been great to me. It wasn't right what I did."

Yetman was upset with Legg for staying on the ice too long during a power play late in Thursday's game, and he ended up spearing Legg with his stick after they exchanged heated words.

Goalie Tom Draper, who recorded his first shutout as a Lynx in Sunday's 1-0 win over Greensboro, said he thinks the incident could be the turning point of the season.

"Any time I've been on a good team in the past, there's always been one thing that happened to turn the season around," he said. "Sometimes it's something positive. Sometimes, it's adversity. The way to approach it now is to use it to channel our energy in the right direction. It was a little bit of a wake-up call for all of us. Maybe it's not a bad thing it happened."

NO GOAL: Speedy winger Tyson Holly appeared to have scored the game-winner during the 4-on-4 overtime period Sunday, but the goal was disallowed because referee Brian Thul lost sight of the puck.

Holly beat a Generals defender wide and flipped the puck at goalie Sebastien Centemo. Holly was then hit from behind and was sent tumbling into Centemo. The puck trickled into the net, but Thul blew his whistle and waved the goal off.

"It was in, but the ref lost the puck," Lynx coach David Wilkie said. "A referee is supposed to blow the whistle when he loses the puck, so there's not much you can say."

ONE-TIMERS: Forward Josh St. Louis, who suffered a hip flexor injury in Thursday's loss to Columbia, sat out his second straight game Sunday, but should be ready to return Thursday when the Lynx travel to face Greensboro. ... The ECHL trade deadline is noon Wednesday. Expect Wilkie, who must clear a veteran spot and unload one of the team's three goalies, to pull off at least one trade.