Baton Rouge Kingfish

Weekly Release 3/26/01

Mar. 26 – Apr. 1

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





The dust has settled and the seedings have been set for the 2001 Kelly Cup playoffs. The Kingfish finished the season on a 6-2-2 run, good for the ninth place in the Southern Conference. The Fish will travel to Little Rock, Arkansas to face the eighth place RiverBlades in the mini-round opener on Tuesday, April 3, at 7:05 p.m. The New Orleans Brass will host Augusta on Tuesday in the other mini-round playoff. Both series shift to the other teams arena on Wednesday night. Arkansas and New Orleans opted to make the other team travel first instead of selecting the  second game and possible mini game to follow the should the series be deadlocked. All games during the playoffs go to sudden death overtime periods with both teams playing five on five. No shoot outs in the playoffs. On Wednesday night at the Fishtank there is a chance that fans will get to see two sudden death overtimes!! Pack a lunch it could be a long and exciting night.




















7:05 p.m.





7:05 p.m.


If Fish advance


11:00 a.m.




Round 2

Would have the Fish in South Carolina or Louisiana












Tues., April 3, in Arkansas              7:05P                               ALLTEL Arena

The Kingfish managed a 4-4-1 record vs. the RiverBlades this season, 2-2-1 in Little Rock. Mike Rucinski led the Fish with four goals and seven points against Arkansas. Shane Calder and Andy Doktorchik also had four goals in the season series. Goaltender Brian Leitza was 3-3 vs. the RiverBlades with a 0.946 save percentage in six starts.


Wed., April 4, vs. Arkansas             7:05P                      Riverside Centroplex

The teams split four games in Baton Rouge through the course of the season. RiverBlade forward Mark Cadotte led the team in scoring with 81 points this year, 11 of them came in games versus the Kingfish. The Fish won 20 games at home this season for the first time ever, Arkansas’ road record was a modest 16-13-7.


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3/27   Kingfish 3 at Bulls 1

Shane Calder scored for the fourth consecutive game, his 23rd of the season and a career high for the veteran forward from Portage la Prairie, Manitoba. Forrest Gore sealed the victory with an empty net marker in the last minute.

3/28   Kingfish 3 vs. IceGators 2

Perhaps the most exciting finish to a Kingfish game this season. With the Fish ahead 2-1 Gator forward Mike Murray converted a cross ice pass to deadlock the game with 33 seconds remaining. Then with 12 seconds to go Jon Sturgis banged home is own rebound to salvage the win.

3/30   Kingfish 2 vs. Bandits 3 (OT)

Defenseman Dane Litke scored both Kingfish goals to give the team a 2-0 lead early in the second period. The Bandits tied it up before the end of the second and won it early in the overtime session on a deflection from the blueline.

3/31   Kingfish 2 vs. IceGators 6

The IceGators dominated this game from the onset. Kingfish newcomer Jesse Rooney scored both Kingfish goals. The game was played in front of the largest crowd of the season (7,157).




Leading the Fish

Goals:     Mike Rucinski (31)

Assists:   Jon Sturgis (36)

Points:    Mike Rucinski(64)

PIM:       Keith Bland (177)

+/-:       Litke (+ 24)



·        The Kingfish set teams records for wins (35), points (81) and games over .500 (9).

·        D Chris Chelios is listed day to day with a shoulder injury.

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

·         Kingfish Power Play 17.18% (20th)

·         Kingfish Penalty Killing 79.38% (19th)


Hibernia Cup Update

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

Ice Gators  13-4-2  28pts. (Won Hibernia Cup)

Kingfish     10-6-4  24pts.

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, Game Two, vs. Arkansas at 7:05 p.m. Game Three, if necessary, will follow immediately after (10-minute formatted game). Should the Kingfish advance they will likely see action back in Baton Rouge on Easter Weekend.


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. Tonight the show will be broadcast from somewhere on the road.