By Chris Gay, Augusta Chronicle
Matt Auffrey threw down his gloves and unleashed a little pent-up frustration midway through the third period.
With Fayetteville cruising to a 4-1 victory, the Augusta captain took matters into his own hands, mixing it up with FireAntz left winger Anthony Bergin in front of a crowd of 4,878 late in the RiverHawks’ home opener Friday night at James Brown Arena.
“It was a little bit frustration and a little bit about showing the team and the fans we’re not going down without swinging,” said Auffrey. “Our chemistry is amazing. That’s why it’s frustrating we’re not winning.”
Augusta (0-3) had plenty reasons to be flustered. The RiverHawks were out-shot for the third consecutive game, 29-21, and they’ve yet to lead in 180 minutes of action this season.
But with his team trailing late, first-year coach Rob Miller told his players to build on the final period. The RiverHawks showed their spirit, with fight (Auffrey, Curtis Megginson and lTaylor McReynolds all dropped their gloves in the final 12 minutes), and improved offense (Augusta out-shot Faytteville, 7-4) in the final frame.