Baton Rouge Kingfish

Weekly Release 03/05/01

Mar. 5-Mar. 11

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





The Kingfish lost valuable ground going 0-1-2 this week. The Fish are sitting in 13th spot in the Southern Conference five points out of a playoff spot. The team met the trade deadline last Wednesday sending defenseman Jason McKee to Birmingham for center Mike Barrie. The talented Barrie should bring some much needed scoring punch to the fold. Along with fiesty forward Forrest Gore the team should get the spark to reclaim a post season seeding. This happens to be the time of year college and junior players become available to ECHL teams. Look for Coach Lohrei to bolster the ranks in the coming weeks. Remember tonight (March 5) is the Mardi Gras Jersey Auction at Avoyelles on 3rd St. at 6:00 p.m.
















A.M. Skate 10:00, game in Miss 7:05



Practice 11:00



Practice 10:00



A.M. Skate 10:00, game vs Greenville 7:05.


A.M. Skate 10:00 , game vs Miss. 7:05


Huey's Kids Club Day at the Zoo 2:00 - 4:00



Tues., March 6, in Mississippi        7:05P                     Miss. Coast Coliseum

G Paxton Schafer has started all three games vs. Mississippi this year going 1-1-1. The Fish have a win and a tie in Biloxi. Sea Wolves are in a four way tie for sixth.


Fri., March 9, vs. Greenville           7:05P                 Riverside Centroplex.

G Brian Leitza shut out the Grrrowl in Greenville 3-0 back in early December then dropped a 5-2 decision there on Jan. 20. Greenville G Nick

Vitucci has yet to earn a win vs. the Kingfish, the only team other than the Grrrowl he has not beaten in the league during his career.


Sat., March 10, vs. Mississippi       7:05P                 Riverside  Centroplex

Sea Wolves defenseman Bob Woods leads the team in scoring with 50 pts. including 16 goals (11 were scored on the power play). Mississippi has

fourth best power play in the league while the Kingfish are 20th..


*All Kingfish games are broadcast on WIBR 1300 The Sports Animal and on the Internet at






2/27   Kingfish 3 at RiverBlades 4 (SO)

Kingfish finish the regular season series with Arkansas with a record of 4-4-1. The Fish fired a team high 28 shots at the RiverBlades net in the second period and took a 3-1 lead. Mike Rucinski scored twice and assisted once during the frenetic 2nd period..


3/2   Kingfish 3 at Tiger Sharks 4 (OT)

Kingfish captain Cam Brown snapped a ten game scoring drought to tie the game inside the last minute of regulation. Newcomer Forrest Gore scored his first goal in a Kingfish uniform and added an assist..


3/3   Kingfish 1 at Everblades 5

The Everblades avenged a 6-0 loss in Baton Rouge early this season out shooting the Kingfish 43-15. The 15 shots on goal were a season low for the Fish. C Andy Doktorchik scored the loan goal with a howitzer like drive from the blueline.




Leading the Fish

Goals:     Mike Rucinski (26)

Assists:   Jon Sturgis (30)

Points:    Mike Rucinski(51)

PIM:       Keith Bland (146)

+/-:       Litke (+ 10)



·        F Forrest Gore has signed

·        C Mike Barrie is expected to join the team this week, his league suspension will cease after Saturday’s game

·        D Ronalds Ozolinsh has a slight shoulder separation and is day to day

·        Kingfish Power Play 17.03% (20th)

·        Kingfish Penalty Killing 78.73% (21st)


Hibernia Cup Update

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

Ice Gators  12-3-2  26pts.

Kingfish     8-5-4  20pts.

Brass          6-8-4   16pts.


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

Friday, March 9, vs. Greenville at 7:05 p.m.; Saturday, March 10, vs. Mississippi at 7:05 p.m.; Wednesday, March 21, vs. Dayton 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.