January 23, 2003

Kingfish Blanked, 3-0
Baton Rouge Kingfish Press Release

The Arkansas RiverBlades used 22 saves from Jimi St. John and two goals from Jason Bermingham as the Kingfish were shut out 3-0.

Arkansas quickly jumped on top of the Kingfish with three first period goals as Buddy Smith played a part in all three.

A Kingfish giveaway right along the blue line set up Arkansas’ first goal at the 2:05 mark of the first. Ernie Hartlieb intercepted a Kingfish outlet pass and took the puck into the corner before centering the puck to Buddy Smith. Smith gave the RiverBlades the 1-0 lead as he beat Niklas Sundberg.

Jason Bermingham took a rink wide pass from Smith at the 15:54 mark and pulled Sundberg out of his net while he fired the puck off the cross bar and into the back of the net. Hartlieb also added an assist on the goal.

With the teams skating four aside, Bermingham slipped past the Kingfish defense and beat Sundberg on a breakaway at the 18:16 mark of the period. Buddy Smith added his second assist on the night while Matt Pagnutti also added an assist.

Special teams did not play a factor in tonight’s game as the Kingfish and RiverBlades did not capitalize on the man advantage.

The Kingfish and RiverBlades go at it again tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. Catch all the action on Baton Rouge’s Best R & B, 104.5 WZRB, beginning with the Kingfish pre-game show at 6:50 p.m.

RiverBlades Fry The Fish
RiverBlades Press Release

January 23, 2003 - Jason Bermingham scored two goals, and Buddy Smith tallied a goal and two assists as the Arkansas RiverBlades defeated the Baton Rouge Kingfish 3-0 Thursday night at Alltel Arena.

Jimi St. John made 22 saves to earn his first professional shutout as the Blades moved two points closer to first place. The Blades now trail Louisiana and Mississippi by just two points in the Southwest Division.

Buddy Smith opened up the scoring at 2:05 of the first period, notching his 20th of the season assisted by Ernie Hartlieb.

Then, at 15:54, Jason Bermingham ripped the twine, tallying his 24th of the year from Smith and Hartlieb.

Bermingham would add his second of the night and 25th of the season on a breakaway at 18:16, from Smith and Matt Pagnutti, to set the final.

Arkansas outshot Baton Rouge 31-22 for the game, and were 0-for-4 on the power-play. The Kingfish were 0-for-2 with the man advantage.

DATE - 01/23/03     Baton Rouge ( 0) AT Arkansas ( 3)

Baton Rouge                0  0  0--0  
Arkansas                   3  0  0--3  

FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Arkansas-Smith 20 (game winner) (Hartlieb) 
2:05. 2, Arkansas-Bermingham 24 (Smith; Hartlieb) 15:54. 3, Arkansas-
Bermingham 25 (Smith; Pagnutti) 18:16. Penalties: Jacobson, BR 
(Hooking), 11:33. Richardson, BR (Slashing), 18:06. Coole, ARK 
(Slashing), 18:06. 

SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: None. Penalties: Stork, ARK (Tripping), 
8:06. Kiesman, BR (Slashing), 12:33. BENCH, ARK served by Cirillo 
(Too many men), 13:39. Sundberg, BR served by Guenther (Interference), 
15:42. Lakos, ARK (Fighting, Major), 18:40. Kiesman, BR (Fighting, 
Major), 18:40. 

THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: None. Penalties: Norrie, BR (High sticking), 
8:56. Jacobson, BR (Slashing), 13:03. Pagnutti, ARK (Slashing), 
13:03. Coole, ARK (Slashing), 19:58. Norrie, BR (Slashing), 19:58. 

Baton Rouge                5 10  7--22 
Arkansas                  16 13  2--31 

Power Play Conversions: Baton Rouge - 0 of 2, Arkansas - 0 of 4.
Goalies: Baton Rouge-Sundberg (31 shots, 28 saves; record: 3-2-1). 
Arkansas-St. John (22 shots, 22 saves; record: 6-3-1). 
A: 2150.  Referee: Bialota. Linesmen: Sotak; Finley.

Game Story
NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Arkansas (Ticker) -- Jimi St. John saved 22 
shots to post a shutout and Jason Bermingham scored a pair of
goals as the Arkansas RiverBlades blanked the Baton Rouge
Kingfish, 3-0. St. John stopped 17 attempts over the final two
periods to earn his sixth win and first shutout of the season.
Bermingham, who has 10 goals and 6 assists over his last eight
games, tallied with 4:06 left in the first period and notched
his 25th goal of the season less than three minutes later. Buddy
Smith contributed a goal and two assists and Ernie Hartlieb
collected two helpers for Arkansas, which has recorded points in
10 of its last 11 games. Niklas Sundberg stopped 28 shots in
the loss for Baton Rouge, which has dropped four straight games