MISSISSIPPI SEA WOLVES at COLUMBUS RIVER DRAGONS
COSTELLO NETS HAT TRICK, COLGAN EARNS SHUTOUT IN 8-0 WIN
Jmaeff Scores Twice, Wickline Adds Three Assists to Sweep Weekend
by Tom Callahan
Columbus, GA - Chuck Costello’s hat trick paced an offensive explosion for the Columbus River Dragons as they swept the three-game weekend series against the Mississippi Sea Wovles on Sunday with an 8-0 victory.
Alexander Jmaeff added two goals, and Cody Wickline tacked on three assists as the River Dragons scored twice in the first and second periods before potting four goals in the third to win going away.
Breandan Colgan made 23 saves to earn his seventh shutout of the season, extending his league record set earlier this season for most shutouts in a single FPHL season.
Micheal Greco (1-1-2) and Lane King (2 assists) also posted multi-point games in the victory. Adam Vannelli scored again for Columbus, extending his current goal-scoring streak to five consecutive games.
Columbus will now head to Delaware for a pair of games against the Thunder next week Friday and Saturday. The next River Dragons home games are April 7 and 8 against the Carolina Thunderbirds at 7:30 pm. Tickets are on sale now through the Columbus Civic Center Box Office and online at TicketMaster.com.
Colgan Stonewalls Sea Wolves 8-0
by Nick Roesch
Columbus, GA -The Mississippi Sea Wolves threw 23 shots on net Sunday afternoon, but they were unable to solve opposing goaltender Breandan Colgan in an 8-0 loss to the Columbus River Dragons at the Columbus Civic Center.
Much like they did earlier in the weekend series, the River Dragons continued their tradition of scoring in pairs. The first period saw Alex Jmaeff and Chuck Costello team up for a 2-0 Columbus lead. Jmaeff’s tally came after 28 seconds on the team’s first power play of the game.
Columbus put up another double in the second period, making it a 4-0 game with credit to Adam Vannelli and Alex Storjohann.
The River Dragons finished strong with a four-goal final stanza. Michael Greco started the scoring in the final stretch at 6:09. Chuck Costello struck twice for a hat trick against his former team, while Alex Jmaeff logged his second of the matchup.
Infractions were another deciding factor against the Sea Wolves, as their penalty kill unit went to work 10 times on 33 penalty minutes.
The Sea Wolves continue their streak of road games this Friday, March 24 with the opener of a two-game series against the Danbury Hat Tricks. Puck drop is slated for 6:30pm Central Time at Danbury Ice Arena in Connecticut.