By David Lee, Augusta Chronicle
The Augusta RiverHawks began their nearly month-long road trip mirroring their troubles from most of the season: Struggling to score goals and letting penalties halt any momentum gained during games.
The RiverHawks lost three of four to begin the road trip, scoring a total of seven goals while allowing 16. Two of the losses came to the Columbus Cottonmouths, who the RiverHawks defeated three times entering the week.
During the stretch, Augusta was forced to defend 29 power plays, averaging 38 penalty minutes on 11 infractions in the four games.
The penalty struggles came to a head in Friday’s 7-2 loss to the Knoxville Ice Bears, when the RiverHawks recorded 70 minutes on 17 infractions.
There were four fights in the game, all coming in the second period.
Despite missing five games because of a suspension, right winger Dennis Sicard leads the team with 150 penalty minutes. He was given two game misconducts for his role in fights against Knoxville. However, RiverHawks coach Mark Richards said Sicard brings energy and veteran presence to his line.