Just when things looked grim for the Augusta Lynx on Tuesday night, Anthony Battaglia needed only three minutes to turn around a game that had been controlled by the Gwinnett Gladiators.
Facing a one-goal deficit, Battaglia set up the tying goal a minute into the third period and then carved up the Gladiators defense for an unassisted top-shelf goal.
Battaglia's goal turned out to be the game-winner, as the Augusta (12-13-2) defense turned away intense pressure down the stretch to defeat in-state rival Gwinnett, 4-3.
"The (defenseman) kinda bobbled it, and I went around him and tried to throw it to the high blocker, and it went in," Battaglia said.
Heading into the contest, Augusta coach Bob Ferguson knew this game provided an opportunity for his players to make a statement.
"It was a good win for us, and I think what I just sensed out of the players is that they're just tired of these close games getting away from us," Ferguson said. "They were going to take it in their own hands and try to get it done tonight."
Augusta goalie Jason Wolfe provided a defensive spark, fending off constant pressure down the stretch from a Gwinnett (13-6-4) offense that has averaged nearly 5 goals per game this season.
"Tonight was big to be able to hold off their attacks and pull out the win," said Wolfe, who finished with 33 saves.
Gwinnett got up early with a 2-0 advantage midway through the first period, but goals from Joel Stepp and Brian Passmore kept the game within reach early.
Ken Scuderi tallied his first goal of the season, a deflection from the stick of Battaglia early in the third period. Nicolas Corbeil extended his points streak to 12 games with two assists.
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