by Jacob Johnson
Elmira, NY- The Columbus RiverDragons defeated the Elmira Mammoth by a final score of 6-2. The RiverDragons scored two early goals in the first period and never looked back. Columbus secures their first win of the early season and the Mammoth fall to 0-3.
This one was scoreless for the first 11 minutes of the game when a defensive turnover allowed Alex Storjohann to be alone with just him and Trevor Micucci, he would bury the unassisted goal to make it 1-0 Columbus.
A little later in the period Michael Greco tipped in a shot from the point to squeeze it past netminder Trevor Micucci. The shot came off the stick of Austin Daae with a wrister from the point. The secondary assist was credited to Josh Pietrantonio. The period would end 2-0 Columbus.
After some back-and-forth hockey in the early stages of period 2 Yianni Liarakos would tuck his rebound nearside to make it 2-1. Both Parker Moskal and Adamo Asselin would receive an assist on the goal to slim the margin to just 1.
As they did all night Columbus responded almost immediately, this time it was Austin Daae who found the back of the net. The assists go to Ozolins and King. Now 3-1 RiverDragons
Just under a minute later Alex Storjohann would net his 2nd of the night. The SUNY Cortland alumni would earn the 2nd star of the night here at First Arena for his two goals. Lane King would earn his 2nd assist on the goal, now 4-1.
The end period would end 4-1, but a fluttered pass through the air found the stick of the speedy Isaiah Crawford and he went top shelf to make it a 4-2 game. Moskal received his 2nd assist of the night on the goal.
After that Columbus would take on two more goals. Both Cody Rogers and Josh Labelle joined the goal party and tallied 1 to their season total. Daae earned his 3rd point of the night with the Rogers goal, The Labelle goal was assisted by Cody Wickline.
The Mammoth will face off against the Columbus RiverDragons again tomorrow night here at First Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 6:35. The RiverDragons collect win number 1 in the early season and the Mammoth fall to 0-3. Tickets for the game are still available at FirstArena.net.