By Kathy Gierer, Columbus Ledger-Enquirer
Almost exactly a year ago, Army captain Ken Porter electrified the Snake Pit with his first professional goal.
Lightning struck again when Capt. Biff McNally scored against the visiting Louisiana IceGators before a delirious crowd of 3,347, and the Snakes went on to win 5-3.
With a depleted roster, due to the injuries of co-captain Orrin Hergott and forward Derek Pallardy, coach Jerome Bechard again called on the army for reinforcements. McNally signed with the team and practiced Wednesday and Thursday.
"It was pretty awesome," McNally said of the moment when he saw the light go on. "It's an honor to be asked to play with a professional organization. I thought my career was over after college. I was flattered to be asked."
McNally scored at the 7:04 mark of his professional career, with an assist by Jason Yuel, to give the Snakes an early 2-0 lead. Veteran defenseman Tom Maldonado quickly retrieved the puck for McNally to keep as a souvenir. McNally played in front of a large group of his fellow soldiers, including Porter.
Yuel got the scoring started only 2:27 into the game. After Yuel and McNally lit the lamp, Matt Gingera gave the Snakes a seemingly comfortable 3-0 lead after the first period.