Latest loss is 'embarrassing'

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Video of brawls between Augusta Lynx and Florida Everblades.

It only took a period and a half of hockey on Saturday night to expose the Augusta Lynx as a team simply unable to beat the Florida Everblades. So they tried to beat on them instead -- with disastrous results.

The Lynx suffered their worst loss of the season and possibly in the 10-year history of the franchise with a 12-0 defeat at James Brown Arena. Of the 233 penalty minutes handed out, 142 went to the home team, and seven Lynx were tossed from the ice with game misconducts.

"Embarrassing. The guys got embarrassed," said Lynx head coach John Marks, who said he didn't order the team-wide fight. "It's how we played in the second period -- just idiotic, dumb hockey, extremely dumb."

Facing the first-place Ever-blades for the fourth consecutive game and second night in a row, the Lynx fell behind 3-0 after the first period and gave up six more goals in the second.

Lynx goaltender Riku Helenius was left to fend for himself several times by his defense and surrendered eight goals on 22 shots. He was pulled at the 7:18 mark of the second period for backup Mike Brodeur.

Just over a minute later, the Lynx gave up on a comeback and focused on revenge.

Trailing 8-0 with six minutes left in the second period, all five Lynx players on the ice began to simultaneously pound on their opponents just after the puck was dropped on a faceoff in the Lynx's defensive zone. The game was stopped as the officials sorted out what would come to 142 penalty minutes between the two teams including nine game misconducts.

The five Lynx skaters on the ice, Patrick Bordeleau, Tim Branham, B.J. Crum, Chris Lawrence and Dallas Steward, were all handed game misconducts and 5-minute major penalties for fighting. Steward, who took the faceoff, was given an additional two minutes for instigating.

"It's a player thing. (Marks) can only say so much to his players. It's up to us," Branham, the Lynx team captain, said. "It was embarrassing, and the whole team just needed to play harder."

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

STAR OF THE GAME: Florida forward Kevin Baker scored three goals and added two assists to bring his team-leading points total this season to 22.


PLAY OF THE GAME: Former Lynx forward Ryan Lang scored two goals for the Everblades. The second goal came midway through the second period when Lang was allowed enough time in front of the net untouched to line up a slap shot that went in high glove-side for a 7-0 score.


NEXT: The Lynx will play host to the Dayton Bombers today at 4.

GAME REPORT

Everblades 12, Lynx 0

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PTHS225
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PTHS225 11/23/08 - 07:37 am
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We have truely become the Ice

We have truely become the Ice Pilots....at least with Anthony Langella as the announcer, anybody who wasn't there and was trying to listen had no idea of what actually happened.

Dan Lehr
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Dan Lehr 11/23/08 - 09:01 am
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Let's face it we knew what

Let's face it we knew what John Mark's record was when he came here. Did you really expect things to change when he got another team to ruin? After we just got on our feet , this season,Marks fired almost 1/3 of the team because he got mad that they lost on his 1000th game. Now with a threat of players being fired the team is in a mess they don't seem to be able to get out of. It sure looks like the LYNX team is headed out of business if we keep the coach we have now. MAYBE? Dan Troutman has the guts to step up, like the Atlanta Thrashers and run the team before it's ruined and hockey is gone from Augusta!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

sjgraci
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sjgraci 11/23/08 - 09:35 am
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The problem is not with the

The problem is not with the coach. The problem is with the GM. He is the one who failed to provide the resources to put together a winning team. I know far too many ex-season ticket holders who refuse to pay their hard earned money for the product the GM is/has been offering. What the rest of us have got is an ugly team in ugly uniforms. Not one veteran goal scorer. No stable D-man. No toughness. Not one line that can compete with the best teams' third lines. If the GM/owners are not going to spend money to field a competitive winning team, why should the fans continue to pay to see crap? It's the sad reality in professional sports, perennial losers like the Lynx lose fan support and the team folds as a result. The Lynx, who have never fielded a team capable of finishing better than fourth place in their division, may have put together the worst team in their 11 year franchise history. It may well be their last. The GM has no one to blame but himself.

Dan Lehr
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Dan Lehr 11/23/08 - 10:18 am
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Well sigraci The coach fired

Well sigraci
The coach fired a 1/3 of the team that was winning and now there losing. It doesn't take too much brain power to connect the dots. The last team he coached lost two seasons back to back before it folded up.Sure we are all mad about the team and uniform changes but Dan is not the only owner and I'm sure some one else had a lot of input on those changes. Hint Hint!! Players can only get paid so much in the ECHL and the only reason to be here is the ability to move up to the AHL. And that means a winning team. Players bet there careers on the quality of management and coaching to be seen.Why do you think so many players go over seas to play? To be seen and to make a lot more money since they have no pay cap.

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auglynxman 11/23/08 - 11:13 am
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i agree that we have let some

i agree that we have let some good players leave or released that were doing good we were winning then we go into a slump. but last night was what we needed now you will see who wants to win and who wants to quit. all the fights i think will bring the team closer and as a fan it brought alot of excitment to the game. i dont like seeing anyone get hurt but i do like seeing a little fight we were long do for someone to care enough to be embarrased. i went to more games in the past because of players like copac,tyler willis, and ken tasker. with that said i will not fold this season its still early people and all we need to go with these tough guys is a scoring line and a little more speed. its not the coach.

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LynxFan06 11/23/08 - 01:02 pm
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I agree with all of you. The

I agree with all of you. The GM and Marks hold a responsiblity but the team also has a role in this just like Branham stated.
We started the year with fire, determination and a desire to win.
We lost Slattengren and the team totally fell apart and does not seem to have the will or desire to recover. When we are shut out - that tells me we have No Offense - when we are beat by 12-0 that tells me we have No Defense. I feel the coach left the team down in turn the team left everyone down. Blame whoever you want. When the skates hit the ice you can tell before the game begins that we are not in it. I thought we were finally moving out of the dark ages when we got a Defensive Coach so he could manage the team, I guess in this case two heads are not better than one.

I have one question. Lynx Team - Where is the Fire, the Determination, and the desire to win that I seen in the beginning of the season?

sjgraci
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sjgraci 11/23/08 - 04:27 pm
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Where are the veterans who

Where are the veterans who are not going to get called up??? There are NONE. They cost money to keep them from playing overseas and the GM/Owner is not paying for them and the team is paying the price. Look at the Everblades roster, they are loaded with AHL and even NHL talent in the likes of Baker, Hartleib, Metcalf and O'Brien. The Lynx have no one of that calipber. The oldest guy on the team is 28 and happens to be the smallest guy in the league. He can do only so much. Where is the leadership? When players like our former Captain and proven scorer Ryan Lang leave for overseas and come back why is he not playing here? He headed for a better franchise that is going to pay him to be there for the season. Anyone who thinks the top teams in this league are playing/paying by the same salary cap rules as the Lynx are delusional. They have two way contracts signed and it is understood that the players will not be gone long if ever called up. They also find creative ways to pay players. It has happened here before. It is not now. Top players want to play for the top franchises. It is the GM who puts together the franchise and we are seeing the results.

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PTHS225 11/23/08 - 05:42 pm
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It really hurt to see Langer

It really hurt to see Langer come back from Europe and sign with the 'Blades. I guess he saw the writing on the wall. I'm feeling better about not renewing my season tickets for this year. But it sure would be nice to at least be able follow the game via the broadcast. I know Tom C and Cheeks spoiled us - but this mumble mouth is unbearable. Oh yeah, "thanks coach" for your (no-show) "support" of the Booster Club tailgate party last night. Your arrogance is not going unnoticed....

PTHS225
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PTHS225 11/23/08 - 05:46 pm
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Maybe Dan thinks he can make

Maybe Dan thinks he can make more money by raising prices for loyal fans like he could mark up custom houses during the housing boom. I thought Jan could straighten him out with basic biz principles like "Sell more cars for less profit and make more money on volume". What a disaster......

Astrea
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Astrea 11/23/08 - 08:35 pm
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Booster Club tailgate?

Booster Club tailgate?

poke-check
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poke-check 11/24/08 - 11:47 am
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The issue is Marks can't win

The issue is Marks can't win without talent and this team is not very talented. We knew that coming out of camp and nothing has changed. Aaron Slattengren was the offense and when he received the much deserved call to the AHL we have struggled to score. The same was true last season. We don't have the horses to compete at this level. We looked like a last place team on opening night and we really have not improved. That may be an unpopular statement with Lynx fans but it is hard to argue with the facts.

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palomino9 11/27/08 - 09:44 pm
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what a joke of a sport

what a joke of a sport anyway, if you can call it a sport. Grown men fighting more than competing. What a great example for our children

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