by Jacob Johnson
Elmira, NY- After 5 straight unanswered goals in the 2nd period the Columbus River Dragons defeated the Elmira Mammoth by a score of 7-2. The 2nd period is what did it for Columbus as they took a 2-1 lead and turned it into a 7-2 lead.
The first 14 minutes of this game were as back and forth as they come. The first goal of the came from Cody Wickline who beat Trevor Micucci. Wickline received the passes from Thomas Aldworth and Jay Croop.
Then just 25 second later Alex Storjohann added to his weekend total of goals, firing an unassisted goal past the Mammoth netminder. That was not his last of the night. The 2nd period would end 2-0, the same as last night.
Just like last night the Mammoth would make the lead just 1 goal, Tyler Becker fired a shot from the blue line that was tipped in by Brandon Beard for the 1st Mammoth goal of the game. Lance Hamilton also received an assist on the goal. As we saw last night Columbus would answer immediately.
Under a minute after the Beard goal, Ricards Jelenskis went back-to-back on the mouth within just 12 seconds of each goal. The first goal from him was assisted by Alex Storjohann, He then would receive the pass from Cody Rodgers, and just like that Columbus led Elmira 4-1.
The scoring did not stop there, this time Josh Labelle scored his 2nd goal of the season on a wrister that was snuck by Micucci, that would end the night for the Mammoth goaltender.
Immediately after the goalie change, Alex Storjohann would score his 4th goal in just 2 days, Paul Fregeau and Lane King both earned their first point of the night. Now a 6-1 Columbus lead.
Before the 2nd period could end Michael Greco added his 2nd goal of the weekend putting one past Michael Cosentino, Austin Daae and Kirk Underwood received assists on the goal. At the end of 2 periods of hockey it was 7-1 RiverDragons.
The lone goal in the 3rd period came from Parker Moskal with just 3 seconds to play in the game. It was a powerplay goal for Elmira, he was able to wrap it around Brendan Colgan to end the night for Elmira.
The Elmira Mammoth move on to face the Watertown Wolves next Friday and Saturday in Watertown before returning home against Binghamton the following weekend. They now drop to 0-4 in the early season, while Columbus moves to 2-0.