Originally created 11/23/05

Lynx forward stays 'on call'



Forward Jake Riddle returned to Augusta from Portland, Maine, late Monday night with a message from the American Hockey League's Portland Pirates:

"They just told me to keep my bags packed," Riddle said Tuesday after Augusta Lynx practice.

Last weekend was Riddle's third stint with the Pirates, where he has played six games.

"I played all three games (this past weekend)," said Riddle, who has yet to record a point with Portland. "I don't play any special teams, but I do get a fair amount of shifts."

Riddle has played in seven of 11 games for the Lynx with a goal and two assists. Augusta coach Bob Ferguson seems to have gotten used to the calls from Portland.

"It could be a situation where he's on the shuttle all year," Ferguson said. "But that's good for him."

KING'S TRICK: After nearly every Lynx practice, the players gather at one net to play "Juice Boy," which means last one to score has to get everyone a drink. Many days, forward Colt King will be the first to start screaming for the game as practice winds down. The game paid off for King on Friday against Columbia.

King had already scored twice and was nearly out of time when a pass from center Paul Kelly was deflected and started heading his way.

"I just kept going forward," King said. "I was just hoping it was going to hop over the (defenseman's) stick, and luckily I was there and I only had to beat the goalie. I went with my patented 'Juice Boy' move, and it just happened to work. ...

"That's what 'Juice Boy' is for, those tight situations. Really, it looks like fun and games, but it's really hard work."

The puck went into the net with 17 seconds left in the game, giving King the first hat trick of his professional career.

"It was kind of funny," said King, who is in his second pro season. "I got three of the most unlikely bounces a hockey player can get, and I was just fortunate enough to be there, and it happened to me, so I'll take it."

TRIPLE THE FUN: In the Lynx's first two meetings with the Columbia Inferno, Augusta managed to score just three goals combined in a 1-0 overtime win and a 4-2 loss. Against the Inferno on Friday, the Lynx tripled that total in a 9-5 win.

Eleven different players recorded a point, 10 had multiple points and four players recorded their first goals of the season. Six players either equaled or surpassed their season point total in the one game.

In addition to King's three goals, Kelly, Dan Sullivan, Ryan Lang, Joel Stepp, Joe Pereira and Martin Lapointe scored one apiece. It was the first goal for Kelly, Stepp, Lang and Lapointe. The only skaters left without a point for the Lynx are defensemen Treavor Peterson and Steve LeCuyer, who has played only four games.

The Lynx's previous high for goals in a game this season was four, which they scored in their first game Oct. 21 against South Carolina. The five goals allowed were the most given up by the Lynx in a game this season, with the previous high also four.

Augusta followed up its nine-goal performance with a 2-1 loss to Pensacola on Sunday.

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