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.”