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."
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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.
Everblades 12, Lynx 0