Baton Rouge Kingfish

Weekly Release 3/12/01

Mar. 12 – Mar. 18

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

 

 

SOLID TEAM EFFORT KEEP FISH CLOSE TO PLAYOFF SPOT

 

The Kingfish snapped a miserable eight game winless streak with three big wins this week. Kingfish captain Cam Brown playing his best hockey of the season along with line mates Andy Doktorchik and Forrest Gore combined for 16 points in the three victories (two vs. Mississippi, Greenville). Goaltender Paxton Schafer was playing up to All-Star caliber in securing all three wins to raise his record to 17-10-7. Centerman Mike Rucinski scored a goal in each game this weekend to up his total to a career high 29 (Kingfish goal scoring record is 32). The Fish now sit in 12th spot just two points behind 10th place Mississippi with three games in hand. The Kingfish now hit the road this week for three games.

 

KINGFISH THIS WEEK

monday

tuesday

wednesday

thursday

friday

saturday

sunday

 

 

Practice

10:00 a.m.

 

 

 

 

Travel

Day

 

 

@

Birmingham

7:00 p.m.

 

 

OFF

 

 

 

 

Practice

10:00 a.m.

 

@

New Orleans

7:05 p.m.

 

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Birmingham

2:00 p.m.

 

 

 

Wed., March 14, in Birmingham        7:00P                               Civic Center

First of three visits to the Alabama city this season. Kingfish split two meetings in Baton Rouge. F Mike Barrie makes his debut in a Kingfish uniform against his former Bulls teammates. Barrie had three points in the one game he played for the Bulls vs. the Fish.

 

Sat., March 17, in New Orleans          7:05P                   New Orleans Arena

Final regular season meeting…with the Fish going 5-2-2 to date. Mike Rucinski has eight goals in eight games vs. the Brass this season. Brass forwards Martin Bartek and Adam Edinger each have seven goals against the Fish.

 

Sun., March 18, in Birmingham          2:00P                              Civic Center

Bulls All-Star forward Edouard Pershin has five points vs. the Fish in two meetings. Veteran forward Jamey Hicks leads Birmingham in scoring with 71 points. Bulls goaltender Ryan Hoople recorded three assists in one game last week.

 

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

 

 

LOOKING BACK

 

 

3/6   Kingfish 4 at Sea Wolves 1

The line of Andy Doktorchik, Forrest Gore and Cam Brown combined for eight points to snap the longest winless drought of the season at eight games. Goaltender Paxton Schafer kicked out 28 of the 29 shots he faced.

 

3/9   Kingfish 3 vs. Grrrowl 1

Greenville’s only visit to Baton Rouge during the regular season was tarnished by a solid performance by Schafer. Forrest Gore sealed the victory with an extra effort play in the closing seconds.

 

3/10   Kingfish 4 vs. Sea Wolves 3

Andy Doktorchik’s first career two goal game sparked the Kingfish. Shane Calder blasted the the decisive goal mid way through the second period. Rookie defenseman Kris Mallette chipped in two assists.

 

GET HOOKED ON THE KINGFISH

 

Leading the Fish

Goals:     Mike Rucinski (29)

Assists:   Jon Sturgis (32)

Points:    Mike Rucinski(55)

PIM:       Keith Bland (163)

+/-:       Litke (+ 14)

 

Notes:

 

·        C Mike Barrie has served his suspension and will play Wednesday in Birmingham.

·        D Ronalds Ozolinsh has a fractured clavicle and is day to day

·        G Brian Leitza is expected back with the team this week. Leitza saw eight minutes of action (two shots, no goals) with Cincinnati (AHL) over the weekend.

·         Kingfish Power Play 17.02% (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. (Clinched Hibernia Cup)

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

Wednesday, March 21, vs. Dayton at 7:05 p.m.; Friday, March 23,  vs. Birmingham at 7:05 p.m.; Sunday, March 25, vs. Mississippi at 5:05 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.