Elmira went to Georgia looking for points having had a struggle getting points early in the season. As both teams look to make a playoff push in early 2024 this weekend will be the only meeting between the two teams outside of a potential playoff matchup.
Columbus had early opportunities on the man advantage but were unable to take advantage, but at even strength Josh Pietrantonio scored first 4:18 into the game on a pass from Austin Daae to beat Elijah Bowers. However a late period penalty gave Elmira an advantage and after a Steven Klinck breakaway was unsuccessful, Davide Gaeta scored his 8th of the season on a break of his own to tie the game 1-1.
The River Sharks came out buzzing in the second period as Klinck got another breakaway attempt and put it behind Brandan Colgan just 1:12 into the second period, but just after the halfway point of the period. Pietrantonio had a pass deflect off Steven Ford and end up behind Bowers to tie the game. Ryan Hunter added one of his own with just 96 seconds to go in the second to give Columbus back the lead after two at 3-2.
Mark Pozsar took a delay of game penalty 11:18 into the third and as time wound down Darius Davidson chipped a puck out of the zone hustled down the side boards and fired a puck by Colgan to tie the game at 2-2. Elmira had a 5 on 3 late in the game but was unable to find the back of the net. With just 90 seconds to go a puck bounced off the boards and as the puck got by the Sharks defense Justin MacDonald scooped it up and put the puck past Bowers to give Columbus the 4-3 victory.
Bowers stopped 32 of 36 in the loss.
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