Originally created 01/21/05

Lynx road trip will be long one



Shortly after the Augusta Lynx lost to the South Carolina Stingrays on Saturday, coach Stan Drulia was in his office shutting down and packing up his laptop.

A little while later, Drulia walked out of his office with his bag and pillow in tow.

"For the bus ride," he said of the pillow.

Drulia will get plenty of use out of the pillow as he and the rest of the traveling Lynx crew will spend a lot of time on their sleeper bus in the next few weeks.

The Lynx left Augusta late Sunday night for Estero, Fla., where they beat the Everblades, 3-2 in a shootout Tuesday. They have only one practice - Thursday - for the rest of the month and don't play again at home until Feb. 4.

From Florida, the Lynx (14-19-4, 32 points) traveled to Biloxi, Miss., where they will play the Sea Wolves (17-14-3, 37 points) tonight.

The Lynx are 1-1 in two games in Mississippi. Their win came 3-1 on Nov. 19 and marked the last time the team's record was at the .500 mark.

Louis Goulet, Rod Sarich and Jarrett Thompson each scored for Augusta, and goaltender Matus Kostur earned the win with 33 saves.

The Sea Wolves won 4-1 two days later with forward Colt King scoring the Lynx's lone goal. Jason Saal got the loss with 13 saves.

The Lynx go from Biloxi to Beaumont, Texas, where they play games against the struggling Wildcatters (6-23-7, 19 points) on Saturday and Sunday. Augusta is 2-0 against Texas this season with a 2-1 win Nov. 5 and a 3-1 win the following night. Goulet, Sarich, Ken Magowan and Lawne Snyder all scored the last time the Lynx were in Texas. Kostur earned a win with 23 saves against the Wildcatters, while Saal won the second game by stopping 32 shots.

Texas has the fewest wins in the ECHL and the second-fewest points. The Wildcatters have the worst home record at 2-12-3 and are 1-8-1 in their past 10 games.

The Lynx, meanwhile, have doubled their wins and points after a 7-4-2 run following Christmas. The Lynx are averaging 3.4 goals per game during that stretch, up from 2.2 before the holidays.

The Lynx hope Sarich and Snyder will play for the first time in more than a week tonight, while Thompson is still out recovering from a concussion.

Reach Kristy Shonka at (706) 823-3216 or kristy.shonka@augustachronicle.com.

AUGUSTA AT MISSISSIPPI SEA WOLVES

AUGUSTA AT TEXAS WILDCATTERS

WHEN: 8:35 tonight, Lynx at Sea Wolves; 8:05 p.m. Saturday, 6:05 p.m. Sunday, Lynx at Wildcatters

WHERE: Tonight, Mississippi Coast Coliseum in Biloxi, Miss.; Saturday and Sunday, Ford Arena in Beaumont, Texas

RADIO: WRDW 1630 AM

WEB: www.augustalynx.com



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