Baton Rouge Kingfish

Weekly Release 3/26/01

Mar. 26 – Apr. 1

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





The Kingfish have gone 8-1-1 to move into a ninth place tie in the Southern Conference. The only blemishes were a loss to a Northern Conference juggernaut from Dayton and a tie in Birmingham. The Fish have moved eight games above .500 for the first time this season and only the third time in team history (twice in ‘97-’98). Fleet skating forward Forrest Gore has posted 15 points in the past ten games. Goaltender Paxton Schafer is playing to his all-star billing going 6-0-1. The Magic Number for the Kingfish is three. Any combination of Kingfish wins or Augusta losses totaling three clinches a playoff spot.




















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Tues., March 27, in Birmingham         7:00P                              Civic Center

Last Kingfish road game of the regular season, a victory would put their road record above .500. The Fish have gone 3-1-1 versus the Bulls this year. Josh Mizerek has six points in five games against Birmingham.


Wed., March 28, vs. Louisiana             7:05P                Riverside Centroplex

Kingfish have gone 3-3-2 vs. the Ice Gators this season. Jon Sturgis and Mike Rucinski both have nine points against Louisiana this year. Ice Gator Jay Murphy has fifteen points vs. the Fish in only six games.


Fri., March 30, vs. Jackson                    7:05P                Riverside Centroplex

Last chance for the Fish to beat the Bandits (0-5-1). Jackson’s All-Star forward Bobby Russell has six goals in six games vs. the Fish. Jackson has held Kingfish top scorers Rucinski and Sturgis to a combined total of one point.


Sat., March 31, vs. Louisiana                 5:05P               Riverside Centroplex

The Kingfish could tie the Ice Gators in the Hibernia Cup Race with two victories this week. However, the Gators would win on the strength of more wins head-to-head, inclusive of games involving New Orleans.


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3/21   Kingfish 1 vs. Bombers 8

Ex-Kingfish center Jamie Ling scored twice and had four points to lead the Bombers. The Bombers took an 8-0 lead mid-way through the second period. Mike Rucinski score his 30th of the year in the third.

3/23   Kingfish 6 vs. Bulls 2

Matt Erredge scored twice in a five-minute span in the second period to break the game wide open. Sylvain Dufresne got the winning goal with his fifth of the year.

3/24   Kingfish 2 at Ice Pilots 0

Goaltender Brian Leitza’s league leading fifth shut out of the season. Jon Sturgis scored what proved to be the winner in the first period. Shane Calder scored his career high 21st goal fittingly against his old team.

3/25   Kingfish 4 vs. Sea Wolves 2

The loss eliminates Mississippi from the post-season party. Calder sealed the victory with an empty net goal and added two assists. Goaltender Paxton Schafer notched his 20th win of the season.




Leading the Fish

Goals:     Mike Rucinski (31)

Assists:   Jon Sturgis (36)

Points:    Mike Rucinski(63)

PIM:       Keith Bland (171)

+/-:       Litke (+ 22)



·        G Paxton Schafer spent two days with Cincinnati (AHL) playing in one period stopping all four shots he faced.  

·        F Jesse Rooney was signed out of Minnesota St. – Mankato.

·        C Andy Doktorchik has a fractured hand and is out for the season.

·         Kingfish Power Play 17.64% (16th)

·         Kingfish Penalty Killing 79.28% (20th)


Hibernia Cup Update

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

Ice Gators 12-3-2 26pts. (Clinched Hibernia Cup)

Kingfish     9-5-4 22pts.

Brass          6-9-4   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.; Wednesday, March 28, vs. Louisiana at 7:05 p.m.; Friday, March 30, vs. Jackson at 7:05 p.m.; Saturday, March 31, vs. Louisiana 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.