January 17, 2003

Kingfish fall to Sea Wolves 3-2
Baton Rouge Kingfish Press Release

The Mississippi Sea Wolves used a shorthanded goal and 34 saves from Greg Gardner to down the Baton Rouge Kingfish, 3-2.

Mississippi opened the scoring at the eight-minute mark of the first period of play on a 2-on-1 as Steffon Walby fed Dave Paradise to set up the first goal of the game. Paradise’s slap shot from the top of the left faceoff circle beat Niklas Sundberg over the shoulder. Mike Scott also added an assist on the goal.

Trevor Demmans tied the contest at one as he intercepted an outlet pass and fired a slap shot from the left point that beat Greg Gardner just 30 seconds into the second period for the unassisted goal.

Austin Miller’s hard work paid off on the penalty kill as he tallied a shorthanded goal at the 13:59 mark of the second period to give the Sea Wolves a 2-1 lead. Serge Kuznetsov and Cody Bowtell added the assists on the goal.

Mississippi took a two-goal lead to the second intermission as Cody Bowtell fired a puck off the crossbar that beat Sundberg at the 17:29 mark of the period. Jim Baxter and Kuznetsov added the assists on the goal.

The Kingfish cut the Mississippi lead to one at the 8:40 mark of the third period as Jason Norrie fired a rebound from the slot through a crowd in front of the Mississippi net that beat Gardner. Mike Oliveira and Mike Perna added the assists on the goal.

The Kingfish could get no closer as Niklas Sundberg made 20 saves for the Kingfish in the losing effort.

The Kingfish are back in action tomorrow when they battle the Jackson Bandits at the Fish Tank at 7:05 p.m. The Pensacola Ice Pilots come to town for a 4:05 p.m. showdown on Sunday at the Riverside Centroplex.

Sea Wolves Hook Kingfish, 3-2
Mississippi Sea Wolves Press Release

BILOXI, Miss. – In front of a season-high 4,313 fans at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum, the Mississippi Sea Wolves pulled back into a tie for first place in the Southwest Division, by beating the Baton Rouge Kingfish, 3-2.

Mississippi and Louisiana both have 54 points, tied for top spot in the Southwest Division. The Sea Wolves also lead the battle for the Coca-Cola Cup against the Kingfish, 12 points to 2.

Mississippi (25-13-4) opened the score at the 8:00 mark. Dave Paradise snapped in his 23rd goal of the season, from the left circle, past past Niklas Sundberg.

Just 30 seconds into the second, Baton Rouge (13-21-8) veteran defenseman Trevor Demmans knotted the score 1-1. Demmans let go with a left circle shot to count his sixth goal of the campaign, beating Greg Gardner.

The Sea Wolves would regain the lead, while shorthanded at 13:59 of the middle stanza. Rookie defenseman Austin Miller followed on his own rebound and wrapped it home. It was Miller’s fourth goal of the year, making it 2-1 for Mississippi. Sergei Kuznetsov picked up his first of two assists, in his first game back with the Sea Wolves.

Sea Wolves all-star defenseman Jim Baxter extended his point streak to 11 games (3g-12a) by feeding Bowtell in the slot at 17:29. Bowtell notched his 17th of the season.

In the third, Baton Rouge narrowed the gap at 8:40. Jason Norrie slapped in his 15th marker of the year from the slot, making it 3-2 for the Sea Wolves.

The Kingfish outshot Mississippi 14-1 in the third, but Gardner preserved the win.

Gardner stopped 34 of 36 shots, improving his record to 20-10-4. Sundberg surrendered three goals on 23 shots, falling to 11-7-1.

Mississippi went 0-for-4 on the power play. Baton Rouge also failed to score with six man advantage opportunities.

The Sea Wolves next game is at home on Sunday at 7:35 p.m. against Jackson at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Adults purchasing an individual game ticket, receive one FREE ticket for a child 12 and under.

Individual Sea Wolves game tickets are available at all TicketMaster locations, the Mississippi Coast Coliseum box office and by calling 228-594-3707.


DATE - 01/17/03     Baton Rouge ( 2) AT Mississippi ( 3)

Baton Rouge                0  1  1--2  
Mississippi                1  2  0--3  

FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Mississippi-Paradise 23 (Walby; Scott) 
8:00. Penalties: Hutchins, MIS (Slashing), 2:20. Hutchins, MIS 
(Holding stick), 11:58. Miller, MIS (Cross checking, Ten minute misc.), 

SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 2, Baton Rouge-Demmans 6 (unassisted) 0:30. 3, 
Mississippi-Miller 4 (short handed) (Kuznetsov; Bowtell) 13:59. 4, 
Mississippi-Bowtell 17 (game winner) (Baxter; Kuznetsov) 17:29. 
Penalties: Blais, BR (Tripping), 6:45. Perna, BR (High sticking), 
7:06. BENCH, BR served by Joseph (Too many men), 9:36. Peach, MIS 
(Roughing), 12:37. 

THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 5, Baton Rouge-Norrie 15 (Oliveira; Perna) 
8:40. Penalties: Clark, MIS (Hooking), 0:38. Norrie, BR (Hooking), 

Baton Rouge                9 13 14--36 
Mississippi                6 16  1--23 

Power Play Conversions: Baton Rouge - 0 of 6, Mississippi - 0 of 4.
Goalies: Baton Rouge-Sundberg (23 shots, 20 saves; record: 3-1-1). 
Mississippi-Gardner (36 shots, 34 saves; record: 20-10-4). 
A: 4313.  Referee: Thul. Linesmen: ; Finley.

Game Story
BILOXI, Mississippi (Ticker) -- Cody Bowtell netted the 
deciding marker to help the Mississippi Sea Wolves edge the
Baton Rouge Kingfish, 3-2. Bowtell supplied Mississippi with a
3-1 advantage late in the second period when he took a feed from
the league's leading scorer for defensemen, Jim Baxter, and
beat goaltender Niklas Sundberg for his 17th goal of the year.
Dave Paradise tallied his team-leading 23rd goal eight minutes
into the opening period and Austin Miller scored a shorthanded
goal for the Sea Wolves, who improved to 6-1 against Baton Rouge
this season. Greg Gardner turned away 34 of the 35 shots he
faced to record his 20th win. Jason Norrie and Trevor Demmans
both scored for the Kingfish, who fell to 7-10-6 on the road.
Sundberg made 20 saves in the loss.