Baton Rouge Kingfish

Weekly Release 12/18/00

Dec. 18-24

Contact: Stan Gulutsan




























New Orleans

7:05 p.m.




7:05 p.m.






The Kingfish finished the week 1-1-1 which was enough to move into fourth in the Southwest Division. Defenseman Keith Bland had a career night scoring twice and assisting once in a 3-2 victory over Arkansas. Bland had one goal and one assist all of last season. Although, Keith was only assessed a double minor for an obvious fight in the third period, he will be granted the prestigious “Gordie Howe Hattrick.” The Howe Hattrick is when a player scores a goal and an assist and gets into a fight. FYI: Cam Brown recorded a Gordie Howe Hattrick against Florida earlier this season.



Fri., Dec. 22, vs. New Orleans           7:05P                   Riverside Centroplex

Three of four games vs. the Brass have been decided in overtime or the shoot out. The Kingfish are 1-1-2 against New Orleans.


Sat., Dec. 23, in Louisiana                  7:05P                                  Cajundome

The IceGators had three wins last week to regain first place in the Southwest Division.  Second trip to the Cajundome for the Fish. Two of three games vs. IceGators have gone to the shoot out.


*All Kingfish games are broadcast on WIBR 1300 The Sports Animal and on the Internet at (click on highlights and news)





12/14  Kingfish 3 at RiverBlades 4

The Kingfish fired a season high 52 shots at RiverBlades goaltender Jeff Salajko. F Shane Calder scored with the goalie pulled in favor of an extra forward with four minutes remaining to close the gap.


12/15  Kingfish 2 vs. Brass 3 (OT)

All four games vs. the Brass have been decided by one goal. Forwards Matt Erredge and C.J. Buzzell accounted for the Kingfish goals.


12/16 Kingfish 3 vs. RiverBlades 2

D Keith Bland and C Mike Rucinski both scored short handed goals in the second period. The Kingfish now have eight short handed tallies for the season, which is second only to Jackson’s nine.




Leading the Fish

Goals:    Sean Berens (12)

Assists:   Jon Sturgis (16)

Points:    Jon Sturgis (25)

PIM:       Keith Bland (100)

+/-:       Buzzell, Erredge (+7)



·         G Brian Leitza leads the Southern Conference with a 2.23 goals against average and a save percentage of .931 and his three shutouts is tied for the league lead.

·         C Sean Berens has four assists in six games with Grand Rapids  (IHL).

·         Jay Legault has a goal and three assists in seven games, Jarrett Smith one goal and two assists in nine games with Cincinnati (AHL).

·         Kingfish Power Play 13.79% (25th)

·         Kingfish Penalty Killing 82.78% (11th)


Hibernia Cup Update

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

Ice Gators 6-1-1  13pts.

Brass          4-3-1   9pts.

Kingfish     2-2-3   7pts.


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, December 22, vs. New Orleans at 7:05 p.m.; Friday, December 29, 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.