Augusta RiverHawks return to home ice on Thursday
By Chris Gay, Augusta Chronicle
Coming off their best week of the season, the Augusta RiverHawks returned to practice this week trying to take things a little easier.
Augusta won two games and then picked up another point in a shootout loss in a three-game, three-day stretch. The RiverHawks, who play host to Columbus at 7:35 tonight at James Brown Arena, dialed it down a notch in practice to save energy for the start of a six-game run in 10 days.
“We’ve been going hard the past few weeks,” interim coach Mark Richards said. “We took a little different mentality this week. Hopefully, we’re saving our legs for the three games we have (this week). It’s a tough part of our schedule right now.”
With five points last week, Augusta climbed up a spot in the Southern Professional Hockey League standings. Augusta (3-10-3) is tied for eighth place with Huntsville with nine points, two points behind Columbus.
“We put ourselves behind the 8-ball,” Richards said. “Now we’re trying to claw our way back.
“I think we’re a lot more upbeat than we have been. Hopefully we can pick up where we left off last week.”