January 10, 2003
Sundberg Calms Storm
Baton Rouge Kingfish Press Release
The Baton Rouge Kingfish used a goal by Bryan Richardson in the fourth round of the shootout and 43 saves by goaltender Niklas Sundberg to down the Toledo Storm in a shootout, 4-3.
After a scoreless first period, Toledo opened the scoring 3:18 into the second period as Niklas Sundberg only got a piece of Wes Masonís shot as it rolled up his sleeve and into the back of the net. Darryl Bootland added an assist on the goal.
The Kingfish answered five minutes later on the power play. Mike Oliveira picked up a loose puck off a rebound and flipped over Mike Minard to tie the game at one. Mike Kiesman and Clark Jones added the assists on the power play goal.
Toledo used another wired bounce as they took a 2-1 lead at the 13:28 mark of the second. Trevor Read dumped the puck into the corner and the puck took a Storm bounce right to the front of the net where Niklas Sundberg couldnít handle the puck. Timo Helbling added an assist on the goal.
Marquis Mathieu answered for the Kingfish as he buried a rebound on the power play past Minard to tie the game at two before the end of the second period. Mike Kiesman added his second assist of the night while Sam Paquet chipped in a helper on the goal at the 15:20 mark of the period.
Matt Ellis gave the Storm a 3-2 lead 1:32 into the third period as he fired a slap shot over the shoulder of Sundberg on the power play. Bootland added an assist on the goal.
The Kingfish fought back. Sam Paquet tied the game at three as he stuffed a wrap-around past Minard at the 6:41 mark of the third period. Clark Jones and Jerry Gernander added the assists on the goal that sent the game to overtime.
The overtime session didnít produce a winner as neither team could mount much offense in the extra session.
Both team scored in the first round of the shootout, but it was Bryan Richardsonís goal in round four that was the difference as Niklas Sundberg stonewalled the remaining four Toledo shooters for the win.
The Kingfish are back in action next Friday, January 17th when they visit the Mississippi Sea Wolves. Catch all the action on Baton Rougeís Best R & B, 104.5 WZRB beginning with the Kingfish pre-game show at 7:15 p.m.
DATE - 01/10/03 Toledo ( 3) AT Baton Rouge ( 4) SO SCORE BY PERIODS Toledo 0 2 1 0--3 Baton Rouge 0 2 1 1--4 FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: None. Penalties: Paquet, BR (Board check), 5:14. Helbling, TOL (Cross checking), 13:26. Lutz, TOL (Interference), 15:45. SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Toledo-Mason 8 (Bootland) 3:18. 2, Baton Rouge-Oliveira 1 (power play) (Kiesman; Jones) 8:02. 3, Toledo- Read 3 (Helbling) 13:28. 4, Baton Rouge-Mathieu 9 (power play) (Kiesman; Paquet) 15:20. Penalties: Fleenor, TOL (High sticking), 0:22. Helbling, TOL (Tripping), 7:36. Norrie, BR (Fighting, Major), 8:52. Fleenor, TOL (Fighting, Major), 8:52. Norrie, BR (Slashing), 8:52. Fleenor, TOL (Slashing), 8:52. Gernander, BR (Interference), 9:11. Paquet, BR (Slashing), 10:17. Ballantyne, TOL (Holding), 15:15. THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 5, Toledo-Ellis 10 (power play) (Bootland) 1:32. 6, Baton Rouge-Paquet 8 (Jones; Gernander) 6:41. Penalties: Kiesman, BR (Holding), 1:29. OVERTIME -- Scoring: None. Penalties: None. SHOTS ON GOAL Toledo 9 18 17 2--46 Baton Rouge 13 11 6 0--30 Power Play Conversions: Toledo - 1 of 3, Baton Rouge - 2 of 5. Goalies: Toledo-Minard (30 shots, 27 saves; record: 0-0-1). Baton Rouge-Sundberg (46 shots, 43 saves; record: 3-0-1). A: 1988. Referee: Koharski. Linesmen: ; Sotak. Game Story BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Ticker) -- Niklas Sundberg made 43 saves as the Baton Rouge Kingfish edged the Toledo Storm, 4-3. Sundberg made 32 saves over the second and third periods and stopped 4-of-5 shots in the shootout, improving to 3-0-1. Bryan Richardson netted the deciding shootout goal, Sam Paquet scored his eighth 6:41 into the third for a 3-3 tie and Michael Kiesman and Clarke Jones each added a pair of assists for Baton Rouge, which has won three of four. Wes Mason broke a scoreless tie at 3:18 of the second and Trevor Reed and Matt Ellis each added a goal for Toledo, which was outshot, 46-30. Mike Minard made 27 saves in the loss.