In their final home game at Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center on Thursday, the Augusta Lynx found their offense in unexpected places.
The Lynx beat the Columbus Cottonmouths 4-0 behind a pair of goals from players who, before the game, combined for just eight games of professional experience and zero goals.
Forward Jonathan Goodwin, in his eighth pro game since completing his college season at Providence, and forward Rob Pascale, in just his second pro game since finishing up at Stonehill College, each notched the first goals of his career.
Jarrett Thompson and Martin Lapointe, who together have recorded only 16 goals, scored the Lynx's first two goals, and Goodwin added the third in the second period.
Augusta connected three times on eight shots in the period.
Thompson, who on Wednesday was listed as questionable to play because of an injury, put the Lynx up 1-0 at the 4:38 mark. It was his seventh goal of the season.
Lapointe notched his ninth goal just five seconds after the Lynx returned to even strength at the 12:02 mark.
Goodwin netted his goal at 14:45. He took a pass from Greg Jacina and got it past Cottonmouths' goaltender Joel Martin. Columbus coach Brian Curran replaced Martin with regular starter Jason Tapp to finish the period. But Martin returned in the third period and at the 12-minute mark, Pascale scored on a power play to give the Lynx (32-31-7) the 4-0 advantage.
Lynx goaltender Jason Saal made several spectacular saves, including a one-on-one chance by Ray DiLauro in the third period. He ended up with 30 saves for his fifth shutout of the season. Saal is now 18-9-4.
Martin made 24 saves for the Cottonmouths (36-26-8) and dropped to 3-2 on the season.
The Lynx's leading scorer, Louis Goulet, notched three assists in the game, giving him 82 points for the season.
He surpassed last season's high of 80 points when he played for the Orlando Seals of the Atlantic Coast Hockey League.
The win gives the Lynx its fifth 20-win home season in six years. Augusta is 20-11-5 at the civic center.
The Lynx finish the season with games today and Saturday in south Florida against the Everblades.
Reach Kristy Shonka at (706) 823-3219 or email@example.com.