Depleted Lynx struggle in loss

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As time wound down on 2008, the game clock did the same to the Lynx on Monday night in a 2-0 loss to the Checkers.

Skating on tired legs at James Brown Arena, Augusta (17-12-0-3) wrapped up its fourth game in five days, and it showed.

The home team fell behind 2-0 in the second period and never found the reserve to mount a comeback.

A depleted roster with four of the Lynx's top seven scorers playing at the next level didn't help Augusta's cause. The lost offensive weapons included John Laliberte, who was called up to the Milwaukee Admirals on Sunday.

Laliberte is the fourth Lynx player to leave Augusta for the AHL this month, and the result was a home team that managed only 29 shots.

The Checkers (13-11-0-4) had trouble getting shots off as well, but forward Chris Capraro worked efficiently and effectively. Charlotte got off only six shots in the second period, but that was enough for Capraro to score two goals for a 2-0 lead.

The first score came off a rebound less than a minute into the period when Capraro was alone in front of the net.

The second goal was 12 minutes into the period on a 5-on-3 Charlotte advantage. Capraro took the puck just left of the crease, skated in and beat Lynx goaltender J.P. Levasseur to the far side of the net.

Reach Billy Byler at (706) 823-3216 or billy.byler@augustachronicle.com.


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