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Chad Ziegler's late goal propels Augusta RiverHawks past Columbus Cottonmouths

on Jan 12, 2013

By David Lee, Augusta Chronicle

A game featuring two of the better goal-preventing teams in the league found itself in a back-and-forth offensive game down the stretch.

Two ties and three lead changes highlighted a high-scoring contest between the Augusta RiverHawks and Columbus Cottonmouths. A Chad Ziegler goal with 12 seconds left led to a 5-4 win for the RiverHawks on Friday at James Brown Arena.

After the Cottonmouths jumped to a two-goal lead, the RiverHawks scored four unanswered goals in the second period.

Columbus responded with two in the third to tie, but Ziegler put the RiverHawks ahead just before time expired for the win.

“It was an emotional rollercoaster for everybody involved,” interim coach Mark Richards said. “It’s one of those games where, when it’s back and forth, you have to have a short-term memory. In the end, we got it done.”

Columbus (13-11-3) jumped to an early lead when Sam Bowles and Matt Gingera scored within the first 5 minutes of the game. The RiverHawks found themselves down 2-0 after the first period.

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