COLUMBUS, GA - Josh Pietrantonio scored twice and Justin MacDonald extended his scoring streak to 13 games as the Columbus River Dragons outlasted the Elmira River Sharks 4-3 on Friday night at the Columbus Civic Center.

The game was a back-and-forth affair, with Columbus jumping on the board first just 4:18 into the game on Pietrantonio’s first goal of the game from Austin Daae and Hunter Bersani, but Elmira rallied to tie the game right before the intermission on a goal from Davide Gaeta.

In the second, former River Dragon Steven Klink put his team ahead on a breakaway goal at 1:12 to make it 2-1 River Sharks. But the River Dragons responded with Pietrantonio’s second goal of the night at 10:11 followed by Ryan Hunter’s eighth goal of the season to take a 3-2 lead after 40 minutes of play.

In the third, Elmira once again tied the game at 13:19 on a Darius Davidson goal, setting the stage for a tense finish.

After killing off a late five-on-three power play, Columbus got a big goal with just 1:31 left from MacDonald, who broke down the right wing and wristed a shot just inside the far post past the right pad of Elmira goalie Eli Bowers (32 saves) for the game-winning goal.

Columbus then had to kill of a boarding call with just 1:11 remaining to secure the victory. Breandan Colgan earned the win with 22 saves.


  • MacDonald now has points in 13 straight games (11-15-26)

  • Austin Daae extended his scoring streak to seven games (3-9-12)

  • The River Dragons top-ranked penalty kill finished the game 4-for-5 including a five-on-three stretch of 1:10 in the third period when the game was tied.

  • Tonight and tomorrow night are the only two meetings of the regular season between the River Sharks and River Dragons.

  • Columbus remains the only team in the league unbeaten at home at 8-0-1.

The same two teams face off again tomorrow night at 7:05 pm. Tickets are on sale for all remaining River Dragons home games through the Civic Center Box Office and online at TicketMaster.com.