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Columbus rips Augusta, 4-1
Story by Narrative Science.
The Augusta RiverHawks had trouble finding ways to stop the Columbus Cottonmouths, which beat RiverHawks, 4-1.
Augusta was stymied by Columbus netminder Ian Vigier, who stopped 35 shots during the victory. Vigier certainly lowered his goals against average, which was 2.56 entering the contest.
The Cottonmouths pulled out the victory even though they were hit with 29 penalty minutes.
Columbus stifled the RiverHawks' power play, and did not give up a single goal while down a man. The Cottonmouths relied on a core group of players for most of their offense, as John Sullivan, Orrin Hergott and Derek Pallardy took 17 of the team's 32 shots.
Columbus was helped by Mitch Wall, who racked up one goal. Wall scored 13:34 into the first period to make the score 2-0 Columbus. Will Barlow provided the assist. Columbus also got a goal from David Cianfrini as well. In addition, Columbus received assists from Jordan Braid and Greg Beller, who each chipped in one.
Augusta did not reach the goal total it has come to expect this season. The RiverHawks put an average of 3.7 pucks into the net per game. Augusta was often in penalty trouble, as it ended with five minors and three majors for 25 minutes in penalty time. The RiverHawks forced the Cottonmouths goalie Vigier to work between the pipes, taking 36 shots.
Augusta was led by Ed Snetsinger, who scored the team's only goal. Snetsinger scored 2:30 into the second period to make the score 3-1 Columbus. Tyler Howe picked up the assist.
Columbus registered one goal on four power play opportunities. Jon Olthuis recorded 28 saves for the RiverHawks. Augusta registered zero goals on six power play opportunities.