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Playoff hockey will continue tonight as the Augusta Lynx play host to the South Carolina Stingrays at James Brown Arena in Game 2 of the ECHL Kelly Cup quarterfinals.

Control of the best-of-five series went to the Lynx after they beat South Carolina 5-2 on Thursday night for a 1-0 lead.

The seventh-seeded Lynx entered the postseason as underdogs against the second-seeded Stingrays, but they dominated the series opener. It was the Lynx's first win in the ECHL playoffs since 2001.

"I thought our players competed from start to finish," Lynx head coach Bob Ferguson said. "We won with our special teams."

The Lynx shut out South Carolina on four power play attempts and picked up a power play goal of their own. Another score came two seconds out of a Lynx man-advantage.

While the Augusta's offense took care of the scoring, Lynx goaltender Bobby Goepfert turned in a strong performance on the defensive end with 28 saves. The Stingrays, who entered the playoffs on a seven-game winning streak, were held to two goals for the first time since March 16.

The series will head to Charleston, S.C., for the third game Monday. Games 4 and 5 also would be in Charleston.

"I think the pressure was on us to make sure we win here," Ferguson said. "Now maybe the pressure goes back to them."

Ferguson said the Stingrays had to give up the first two home games of the series because their home arena was already booked.

Reach Billy Byler at (706) 823-3216 or


WHAT: ECHL Kelly Cup playoffs, South Division Quarterfinals, Game 2

WHEN: 7:05 tonight

WHERE: James Brown Arena

TICKETS: Box office, (706) 724-4423,; start at $11.


KEY PLAYERS: Augusta-C Louis Goulet (18-41-59), F Matt Auffrey (26-25-51), F Aaron Slattengren (29-16-45), F Matt Christie (11-32-43), G J.P. Levasseur (10-11-0-2, 2.99); South Carolina-C Travis Morin (34-50-84), C Chris Chaput (25-38-63), C Pierre-Luc O'Brien (13-44-57), F Marty Guerin (18-33-51), G Josh Johnson (23-13-0-1, 2.80).

NOTES: Lynx forward Anthony Battaglia scored two goals and added an assist in the first game of the series ... Lynx captain Louis Goulet had three assists in the win.

-- Billy Byler


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schmuck 04/13/08 - 08:21 am
I would like to know what is

I would like to know what is wrong with sports in this town. Last night I attended one of the most exciting hockey games I've seen in 35 years of watching hockey (Lynx beating Stingrays in overtime in second game of current playoff series), but since this town is so obsessed with the Masters to the exclusion and detriment of everything (and I mean EVERYTHING) else, there was no mention of the Lynx game in local news telecasts after the game, nor an article yet in this morning's on-line Chronicle. A town that treats all sports (other than the Masters) and entertainment happenings as social events rather than things worth attending and following in their own rite is doomed to remain minor league.

createyourfuture 04/13/08 - 12:01 pm
Are you sportswriters still

Are you sportswriters still asleep from partying at the Masters?
The Lynx had not won a playoff game since 1991. Now they have a 2-0 lead on the #2 team in the division, now having only to win 1 of 3 in North Charleston next week to advance to the second round of the playoffs!
I agree with schmuck: no one would have given the Lynx much of a chance being down two goals to SC in the third period. But SC committed the fatal error: they tried to sit on their lead. It never works. The Lynx got another goal from Jamie McKinven, so they were one behind. With time running out, the Lynx pulled their goalie in favor of another attacker, and Aaron Slattengren slipped it into the net, and we went to sudden death overtime. By this time, SC was back on their heels. Bobby Bolt hammered home the game winner and the entire James Brown Arena was on its feet cheering and yelling. After the game, the players who came out for autographs were applauded as they entered.

So, I guess I saved the sportswriters some time so they can go back to the National.

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