By Kathy Gierer, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
The Columbus Cottonmouths were reeling at the end of the second period of their SPHL home contest against Knoxville at the Columbus Civic Center on Friday night.
The home team trailed 4-0 and there were some things that needed to be said.
"We had a meeting after the second period. Some of the older guys stepped up," rookie defenseman Tommy Fitzpatrick said. "They got their points across."
The rejuvenated Snakes came roaring back, but the deficit was too large as the Ice Bears took home a 5-3 victory.
The loss was the Cottonmouths second straight and fifth in their last 6 games. On the positive side, Columbus scored 3 goals for the first time in 3 weeks, and some new faces contributed offensively. Fitzpatrick and Alex MacLeod scored their first professional goals. For Fitzpatrick, it was his first pro point. MacLeod is the team's scoring leader with 6 and leads in assists with 5. Jonathan Redlick posted a key assist, his second of the season, on veteran Brett Hammond's goal, which broke up the Knoxville shutout.
"The goal was nice but I'd rather take 2 points," Fitzpatrick said. "Winning is what we want to be doing. We showed a lot of energy in the third period."
A line brawl at the 13:36 mark of the second, highlighted by a goalie fight, sparked the Snakes to a three-goal scoring outburst in the final period. Andrew Loewen, in his third season with the Snakes, engaged in his first fight as a professional.