Numbers game can leave Lynx in playoff pinch

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Of the six teams vying for the ECHL South Division's five playoff spots, only first-place Texas has played more games than the Augusta Lynx.

That means nearly every team the fourth-place Lynx are concerned about has "games in hand," or more points available to win the rest of the regular season.

Entering tonight's game against fifth-place South Carolina at James Brown Arena, Lynx coach Bob Ferguson said that's not something the team is too concerned about.

"I'd rather be in our position, having played those games and gotten points, than to have to still play them and have to get points," Ferguson said.

The Lynx are 29-21-2 with 60 points, four back of third-place Gwinnett. However, Augusta is 16-5-2 since Christmas and has already gone through its toughest stretches. They'll look to continue their run tonight against the Stingrays (26-19-5), who are three points behind Augusta.

"With everybody being so tight, every game from here on in is going to be huge," Ferguson said. "No team's going to win them all, and no team's going to lose them all. We've just got to make sure we find a way to get points on a nightly basis."

WHO'S HOT: Goaltender Dave McKee has won 12 of his past 15 decisions and is No. 4 in the ECHL with 22 wins . ... Shane Hynes has seven points in the past three games. ... Mike Erickson is third among rookies with 18 goals. ... Sean Blanchard is No. 4 among defensemen in scoring, with 39 points and has a five-game points streak. ... Brian Passmore has a six-game assist streak and 12 points in his past six games.

INJURY REPORT: Goaltender Nathan Marsters (4-3-1), who suffered a lower-body injury at Gwinnett on Feb. 11, has been placed on the three-day injured reserve and is expected to miss 2-3 weeks. ... The Lynx have added emergency backup goalie Curtis Ryser to the roster for today's game. ... D Ken Scuderi and F Jason Kostadine remain on IR, and F Joe Pereira is hopeful to return today.

SOLD! The Lynx raised more than $13,000 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta from their jersey auction after Friday night's game against Florida.

Fan favorites McKee, Lang and Louis Goulet reportedly brought top dollar for their jerseys.

BUCK UP: The Lynx announced season ticket prices for next year, which will go up $1 per seat, according to general manager Dan Troutman.

However, current season ticket holders can purchase next year's season tickets at this year's price if they renew before April 15.

Reach Steve Sanders at (706) 823-3216 or steven.l.sanders@augustachronicle.com.


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