Five-goal comeback gives Lynx amazing win
Wednesday night will be a win the Augusta Lynx remember for a long time. Down 5-1 midway through the 2nd period, the outlook for the Lynx looked bleak. But, thanks to some opportunistic scoring and downright determination, the Lynx mounted a comeback for the ages with a dramatic 6-5 overtime win on Wednesday in Dayton to snap a 4-game winless streak. #19 Aaron Slattengren scored twice as did #20 Matt Auffrey. #11 Matt Christie added a goal, but the comeback was made complete thanks to the overtime winner from defenseman #15 Eric Lundberg. With two assists on the night #9 Louis Goulet became the all-time leading scorer in Lynx history.
After a strong start by both teams, Dayton would fly out to the lead at the 12:09 mark, as Ryan Smyth put a shot between the pads of #1 Nathan Marsters. Later in the 1st period, Smyth would find the back of the net once again, this time with only 1:29 remaining in the first period for his second goal of the night and fifth of the season, this time assisted on a nice pass from Yannick Tifu. Dayton wouldn't wait long for their third goal of the period, coming just :30 later when Walsh scored his first goal of the season off a shot from the point.
Augusta drew first blood in the 2nd period on the power play as Slattengren scored his 3rd goal of the season with help from #25 Adrian Veideman and #9 Louis Goulet. The assist by Goulet would make him the all-time leading scorer in Lynx history. However, the celebration wouldn't last long as Dayton would answer three minutes later, as Chanse Fitzpatrick slipped one past Marsters on a point-blank chance in front. Fitzpatrick picked up his second goal of the night at the 7:21 mark on the power play, and Dayton went up 5-1 and chased Marsters from the net in favor of #35 JP Levasseur. However, the Lynx would answer with a pair of goals, the first from a deflection goal from #20 Matt Auffrey off a shot from the point from #3 Justin Coutu and #12 Ryan Dingle. The second was Slattengren's second power play goal of the night with assists from Goulet and #23 John Laliberte. Augusta would outshoot Dayton in the second period 18-6.
The 3rd period was all Lynx in one of the more memorable comebacks in recent memory. #11 Matt Christie made it 5-4 with a goal from down the left wing as he snapped home a shot between the legs of the Bombers goalie with help from #7 Grant Goeckner-Zoeller and Dingle. The Lynx tied the game with Auffrey's second goal of the game with help from Dingle and #15 Eric Lundberg. As the game went into overtime, the Lynx capitalized on their momentum thanks to a late power play. The game-winner came off a slapshot from the point from Lundberg, who utilized a screen and assist from newcomer #21 Bobby Bolt to beat the goaltender with more help from Dingle. Dingle finished with four assists on the night and Levasseur got the win in the 7-save relief appearance.
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