Baton Rouge Kingfish

Weekly Release 12/04/00

Dec. 04-10

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The Kingfish managed to win two consecutive road games for the first time this season and in doing so briefly climbed above the .500 mark in winning percentage. Saturday’s shut out over Greenville piggy backed a 4-1 victory in Augusta one night earlier. Goaltender Brian Leitza returned to the form that had him the talk of the town in late October  garnering his league leading 3rd shut out against the Grrrowl. Team scoring leader Sean Berens returned from a rib injury and scored the game winner in Augusta Friday night.


Fri., Dec. 8, in New Orleans               7:05P                    New Orleans Arena

This is the third trip to the Big Easy for the Fish. They are down 0-2 to the Brass having lost 3-2 and 5-4 in a shoot out.


Sat., Dec. 9, in Pensacola                    7:05P                                Civic Center

The last of the six game road swing for the Kingfish. First of three visits to Pensacola. The teams split two games in Baton Rouge.


Sun., Dec. 10, vs. Tallahassee             5:05P                  Riverside Centroplex

This will be the only Tiger Shark sighting of the regular season. Tallahassee forward Brent Cullaton leads the league in scoring with 35 points.


*All Kingfish games are broadcast on WIBR 1300 The Sports Animal.




12/01   Kingfish 4 at Lynx 1

C.J. Buzzell, playing center, scored just 15 seconds into the game. C Sean Berens scored the game winner late in first period, on a feed from D Keith Bland, to extend his point scoring streak to nine games.


12/02   Kingfish 3 at Grrrowl 0

Goaltender Brian Leitza stopped all 42 shots in the victory. The newest Kingfish F Matt Erredge assisted on C Mike Rucinski’s first period goal and scored his first ECHL goal in the second period.


12/03   Kingfish 3 at Lynx 6

The Kingfish had one bad period this weekend at is was the third of this game. The Lynx scored four times in the final frame to seal the victory. Berens netted two times and Erredge scored his second in as many games to account for the Kingfish offense.




Leading the Fish

Goals:    Sean Berens (12)

Assists:   Jon Sturgis (13)

Points:    Sean Berens (21)

PIM:       Keith Bland (62)

+/-:       Keith Bland (+4)



·        C  Andy Doktorchik did not make road trip because a rib injury. He should see action this weekend

·        G Brian Leitza leads the league with three shutouts and is second with a 0.941 save percentage.

·        F Colin Anderson picked up from Florida last week was waived Sunday after deciding not to join the Kingfish.

·        Former Kingfish defenseman Jason Hamilton has signed with Wheeling.

·        Kingfish Power Play 15.59% (20th )

·        Kingfish Penalty Killing 83.19% (9th)


Hibernia Cup Update

The challenge for hockey supremacy among the three Louisiana teams continues: Louisiana       5-1-1 11pts. New Orleans 3-3-0  6 pts. Baton Rouge  1-2-2  4 pts.


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.


Community Notes:

Clear Channel Com. hosts “Art for the Season” from 8:30 – 4:00 on Saturday, Dec. 9. The Kingfish will represented by staff members, Huey and the Inflatable. On Sunday, Dec. 10, from 3:00 to game time, Huey and the Inflatable will be set up for a Tailgate Party with prize giveaways. The Party is in conjunction with Toys for Tots.


Next Home Games

Sun., Dec 10, vs. Tallahassee; Fri., Dec. 15, vs. New Orleans; Sat. Dec. 16, vs. Arkansas


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.