AUGUSTA, Ga – The Mississippi Surge completed a six game road trip on the weekend of December 7th & 8th by taking on the Augusta RiverHawks at the James Brown Center. In Friday night’s contest, the visitors from Biloxi were shut out by the RiverHawks 4-0.
The contest began with the RiverHawks out-shooting the visitors from Biloxi 7-2 in the early minutes. The opening frame was penalty-free until the 11:06 mark when Surge defenseman Trent Bonnett went to the box for tripping. The home team managed only one shot at Surge netminder Dan Clarke and failed to score during the man up opportunity. At the 13:48 mark, there was two minutes of four-on-four hockey as Surge defenseman Nicholas Kuqali (slashing) and RiverHawks center Kyle Watson Boarding) each went to the sin bin. The Surge had their first power play opportunity at the 17:58 mark when RiverHawks winger Matt Auffrey went off for interference then at the 18:52 mark, the Surge found themselves with a two-man advantage when RiverHawks defenseman Mike Switzer was whistled for high sticking. The Surge failed to take advantage of the five-on-three opportunity handed to them and the period ended with a scoreless tie.
At the 1:35 mark of the second period, the home team got on the scoreboard when RiverHawks (and former Surge) winger Shawn Skelly lit the red light assisted by fellow winger Andrew Wright. A little over two and a half minutes after the Skelly goal, there was a bit of excitement as Surge defenseman Brad Good and RiverHawks center Kyle Watson dropped the gloves and traded punches. At the 13:00 mark there were more fisticuffs as RiverHawks winger Ian Watters and Surge winger Branden Kosolofsky dropped the gloves and went toe-to-toe. Kosolofsky was also whistled for a minor slashing call, which gave the home team a power play opportunity.
Twenty-two seconds into the man up opportunity, the RiverHawks struck pay dirt when winger Dennis Sicard blasted the puck into the back of the Surge net assisted by fellow winger Chad Ziegler and center Pat Schafer. At the 16:53 mark, the home team once again lit the red light courtesy of defenseman William Lacasse with an assist going to Skelly. Then with just under a minute left in this middle stanza, Skelly notched his second goal of the evening assisted by Watters. When the dust settled at the end of the period, Augusta had itself a commanding four goal lead.
The final frame began with Surge coach Jeff Bes replacing Dan Clarke in net with Kiefer Smiley. Mississippi poured nine shots on Augusta goalie Robert Moss but none got past the netminder. Smiley turned away twelve RiverHawks shots but it was to no avail.
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