By Kristy Shonka
The Augusta Chronicle
AUGUSTA, Ga. – Eric Johansson revealed after practice Tuesday the secret behind his two-goal performance Friday night.
“Adrenaline, a few coffees here and there,” he said, smiling. “But you know, it’s fun.”
Playing in a 5-4 shootout loss to Gwinnett sounds a lot more fun than driving 17 hours in two days and dodging an ice storm, which is exactly what Johansson suffered through to make it to Augusta for a 7:35 p.m. game.
He drove 9 hours Thursday, delayed by the storm, and another 8 hours Friday to get to Augusta-Richmond County Civic Center in time for 5:30 p.m. warm-ups.
Since the AHL’s Albany River Rats assigned Johansson to the Augusta Lynx, the center has three goals and three assists. This is the 23-year-old’s first taste of the ECHL after spending all of the 2002-03 and 2003-04 seasons with Albany. He had two goals and nine assists with the River Rats before he was sent down and said he expects that he’ll be with the Lynx for the rest of the season.
Johansson is the fourth player assigned to the Lynx by the River Rats as part of an informal agreement between the two teams, which has been very profitable for Augusta.
The others on contract with Albany are forward Ken Magowan, the Lynx’s lone all-star, defenseman Phil Cole, who adds depth to a beat up group and goaltender Matus Kostur, who is 3-1-1 in his past five starts.