Baton Rouge Kingfish

Weekly Release 01/29/01

Jan. 29- Feb. 4

Contact: Stan Gulutsan 225-336-4625 ext. 25





The Kingfish took two of three home games this past week to close out the month of January with a 5-5-1 record. The defensive corps contributed 60% of the offense last week. Josh Mizerek led the blueliners with three goals and an assist. Goaltender Paxton Schafer suffered only his second loss on home ice on Saturday night. Schafer had not tasted defeat at the Centroplex since opening night on October 13. The victory versus the New Orleans Brass on Friday night marked the first time this season the Fish came back from a first period deficit to win the game (1-8). The Fish (46 pts.) remain in seventh place in the SW Division two points behind Jackson, Mobile and Arkansas.
































7:05 p.m.




7:30 p.m.



New Orleans

5:05 p.m.



Fri., Feb. 2, in Arkansas                   7:05P                                 ALLTEL Arena

First of a weekend double header in the Arkansas Capitol. The Fish have split two games in Little Rock this season, a 3-0 loss in October and a 3-2 victory in December. The RiverBlades have only two wins in their last ten games (2-4-4)


Sat., Feb. 3, in Arkansas                   7:30P                                 ALLTEL Arena

The RiverBlades are led by two twenty goal scorers, Aaron Brand (23) and Mark Cadotte (21). Arkansas centerman Trevor Roenick (44 pts.) was injured on the weekend and will likely miss the rest to the season.


Sun., Feb. 4, vs. New Orleans          5:05P                      Riverside Centroplex

The red hot Brass return for the fourth of five meetings in Baton Rouge. An 8-1-1 run has New Orleans in second spot in the Southwest Division. D Josh Mizerek has scored four of his eight goals versus the Brass.



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1/24  Kingfish 3 vs. Bulls 2

C Mike Rucinski scored his fourth game winner of the season on a power play in the second period. G Paxton Schafer stopped 33 shots. D Josh Mizerek registered a goal and an assist. D Chris Chelios added two assists.


1/26  Kingfish 4 vs. Brass 3 (OT)

Josh Mizerek’s second goal of the game was the winner at the 2:48 mark of overtime. D Dane Litke scored once and D Jason McKee chipped in two assists.


1/27  Kingfish 3 vs. Sea Wolves 4

Jason McKee’s first goal with the Kingfish tied the game at three with less than three minutes remaining. Sea Wolves winger John Evangelista broke the deadlock less than a minute later and the goal held up to be the game winner.




Leading the Fish

Goals:     Mike Rucinski (18)

Assists:   Jon Sturgis (24)

Points:    Jon Sturgis (39)

PIM:       Keith Bland (123)

+/-:       Sturgis (+ 10)



·         D Kris Mallette is practicing and is listed as probable for the weekend.

·         Kingfish Power Play 15.78% (23th)

·         Kingfish Penalty Killing 79.06% (21st)


Hibernia Cup Update

The challenge for hockey supremacy among the three Louisiana teams continues. 

Ice Gators  9-1-2  20pts.

Kingfish     5-5-4  14pts.

Brass          5-5-2   12pts.


Tickets and Information

Season tickets, 10-game mini-plans and group packages are available by calling the Kingfish office at 336-GOAL.  Individual tickets for all remaining Baton Rouge home games are on sale at the Riverside Centroplex Box Office, all Ticketmaster locations, Ticketmaster on-line and charge by phone at 761-8400.


Next Home Games

Sunday, February 4, vs. New Orleans at 5:05 p.m.; Wednesday, February 7, vs. New Orleans at 7:05 p.m.; Friday, February 9, vs. Birmingham at 7:05 p.m.; Saturday, February 10, vs. Arkansas at 7:05 p.m.


The Coach’s Show

Chris Kenyon is your host for the weekly Coach’s Show with Kingfish Head Coach David Lohrei. The show is broadcast live from the Casino Rouge on WIBR 1300 AM from 6:00-7:00 p.m. each Monday night.