Maldonado scores winning goal and Bosch gets win
By KATHY GIERER
Special to the Ledger-Enquirer
It was difficult to tell whether defenseman Tom Maldonado or goaltender Travis Bosch had a bigger smile after the Columbus Cottonmouths defeated visiting Fayetteville 3-2 in a shootout on Friday night at the Columbus Civic Center.
Maldonado scored the Snakes' only goal in the shootout and Bosch picked up the victory in his first professional shootout.
Six days after yielding nine goals to visiting Knoxville, Bosch stopped 32 of 34 shots against the FireAntz. He appeared headed for the win in regulation. The Snakes led 2-1 until Mike Kavanagh scored the tying goal with only 23 seconds remaining, sending the contest into overtime.
The five-minute overtime period saw each team have chances but neither was able to light the lamp.
Bosch stopped all five Fayetteville shooters cold. Meanwhile, Fayetteville goalie Peter Skoggard stopped Ian McNulty and Matt Gingera before Maldonado scored the game winner. Bosch still had to prevent former Cottonmouth Jeff Martens and Kyle McNeil from scoring. McNeil was Fayetteville's last hope and his shot hit the crossbar.
A week ago, the Snakes suffered through a tough weekend, picking up only one of a possible six points. They came out strong against the Antz, looking to make a statement early.
With Levi Lind in the penalty box for high-sticking, Matt Gingera put the Snakes on the scoreboard only 58 seconds into the game. The shorthanded goal was the fourth of the young season for the Snakes, second in the SPHL.
Daniel Amesbury gave the Cottonmouths a 2-0 lead at the 6:21 mark of the opening period. Amesbury launched a shot from just inside the blue line. Jordan Draper and Dan Bremner assisted on Amesbury's goal.
The lead held up for the rest of the period, but Fayetteville cut it in half only 3:14 into the second. McNeil scored his first goal of the season to trim the lead to 2-1, where it stayed until the final minute of regulation.
With the weekend off to a positive start, the Snakes look to make it two in a row against the Antz. They travel to Fayetteville to complete the home-and-home series Saturday night at 7:05.
Friday at Civic Center
Fayetteville 0 1 1 0 0--2
Columbus 2 0 0 0 1--3
First period--1, Columbus, Gingera (unassisted) :58 SHG; 2, Columbus, Amesbury (Draper, Bremner) 6:21. Penalties--Lind, Columbus (high-sticking) :47; Fayetteville, Clewlow (interference) 7:51; Fayetteville, Greenside (tripping) 17:15.
Second period--3, Fayetteville, McNeil (McGill, Kavanaugh) 3:14. Penalties--Kavanaugh, Fayetteville (handling the puck) 3:33; McNulty, Columbus (roughing) 8:23; McNeil, Fayetteville (unsportsmanlike conduct) 8:23; Amesbury, Columbus (unsportsmanlike conduct) 8:23; Martens, Cayetteville (slashing) 12:33; Fayetteville (bench minor-too many men) 19:59.
Third period--4, Fayetteville, Kavanagh (Reed, Toy) extra attacker 19:37. Penalties--Liscomb, Fayetteville (slashing) 5:15; Amesbury, Columbus (roughing) 9:45; Martens, Fayetteville (cross-checking) 9:45; McNeil, Fayetteville (tripping) 13:24
Shootout--5, Columbus, Maldonado.