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Augusta survives Knoxville comeback, wins 4-3
Story by Narrative Science.
The Augusta RiverHawks survived a determined comeback attempt by the Knoxville Ice Bears on the way to a 4-3 win.
Augusta took a 4-1 lead during the third period, only to have Knoxville storm back on a David Segal goal 18:35 into the third period to pull to one goal down.
The RiverHawks got the win on the strength of a great game by Drew Baker, who had two goals and one assist. Baker scored the first of his two goals on the power play at 7:26 into the first period to make the score 1-0 Augusta. Augusta had gotten the advantage when the Ice Bears' Segal was sent off for boarding. Jason Price picked up the assist. Baker's next tally on the power play made the score Augusta with 8:34 left in the third period. A hooking penalty on Eric Slais had put the RiverHawks on the power play. Brendan Taylor assisted on the tally.
Augusta's defensemen played an important role in the offense, chipping in three goals. By firing 36 shots on goal, the RiverHawks exceeded the 26.2 shots they average per game this year.
Augusta also got a goal from Matt Auffrey as well. More assists for Augusta came via Branden Kosolofsky, who had two and Jim Gehring and Neil Graham, who contributed one a piece.
Kyle VanderMale also scored for Knoxville. In addition, Knoxville received assists from Kevin Swider and Tyler Fletcher, who each chipped in one.
Jon Olthuis recorded 25 saves for Augusta. The RiverHawks totaled 17 minutes in penalty time with six minors and one major and went 2-for-6 on the power play. Kyle Rank made 32 saves for Knoxville on 36 shots. The Ice Bears totaled 17 minutes in penalty time with six minors and one major and went 1-for-6 on the power play.