Augusta RiverHawks fail to make up ground in SPHL
By David Lee, Augusta Chronicle
Gaining traction is the name of the game for the Augusta RiverHawks at this point in the season.
The RiverHawks have been unable to string together enough wins to make a run in a highly competitive Southern Professional Hockey League. After beating Knoxville 3-2 on Friday, the RiverHawks are 5-5 this month. While it’s an improvement on their 5-7 mark in December, it has done little to gain ground in the standings. The RiverHawks enter the week seven points behind Huntsville for eighth place.
The team’s inability to string together wins is a big reason why they’ve been stuck in place. Since the beginning of December, Augusta has won consecutive games just twice.
As a result, management has been busy making moves in an attempt to fill holes left by promotions, and to pick up the pace. The RiverHawks have signed six players and made one trade in January alone. The trade also filled a hole as they dealt the rights to Chad Ziegler, who was on loan, for Ricky Helmbrecht, who played right away.
“We’re not getting any traction,” vice president Ken Vezina said at the time of the trade. “Helmbrecht is a guy we’ve looked fondly on in the past. Ziegler isn’t here to help us, and we have to worry about ourselves right now. We have to start winning games.”