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Newcomer stars in his debut with RiverHawks

on Dec 14, 2012
Newcomer stars in his debut with RiverHawks

By Chris Gay, Augusta Chronicle

The day before his Augusta debut, Casey Mignone drove four hours from Cape Cod, Mass., to his home in New Jersey.

On game day, he flew to Augusta, got a physical, took in a brief nap and then suited up for the RiverHawks.

The rest Thursday night was nothing short of magical.

Mignone scored two goals and added two assists to help lead Augusta past Columbus, 5-2, at James Brown Arena.

“I’m just happy to be here,” Mignone said. “That was a good one. I’m just glad to get the opportunity to come down here. I figured I’d make it worthwhile, you know.

“Hopefully, this is the beginning of many good games.”

The 24-year-old forward, who scored six goals in 15 games with Cape Cod, of the Federal Hockey League, got the call from interim coach Mark Richards at 3 p.m. Wednesday.

He accepted the offer and made an immediate impact, assisting on goals by captain Matt Auffrey and Kyle Watson.

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