February 13, 2003

Sea Wolves down Kingfish, 5-4
Baton Rouge Kingfish Press Releas

Dave Paradise’s hat-trick and four Sea Wolves’ power play goals were too much to overcome as the Mississippi Sea Wolves downed the Kingfish, 5-4.

Paradise’s blast from the high slot broke a scoreless tie at the 16:34 mark of the first period. Kent Davyduke and Mike Scott added the assists as they hooked up to find Paradise in the slot for the power play tally.

The Kingfish tied the game at one early in the second period on the power play as Mike Oliveira slipped the puck over Greg Gardner and inside the far post. Bryan Richardson slid the puck to Oliveira wide open along the goal line. The power play goal came at the 2:13 mark of the period.

Mississippi regained the lead on the power play as Paradise added his second goal of the game, again from the high slot, at the 7:02 mark of the period. Davyduke and Scott added the assists.

Paradise completed the hat-trick two minutes later as he pulled Niklas Sundberg out of his net and fired it past the goaltender on the power play. Steffon Walby added an assist as he found Paradise open in the slot.

Walby gave the Sea Wolves a 4-1 lead at the15:37 mark of the period as he hooked up with Davyduke and Scott on the power play. A wide-open Walby along the goal line buried the puck behind Sundberg for the tally.

Joe Guenther cut the lead back to two goals with just 55 seconds left in the period as he picked up a rebound off the back dasher and stuffed it past Gardner. Sam Paquet and Jason Norrie picked up the assists on the goal.

The Kingfish took the momentum into the third as Jason Norrie fired a shot out of a crowd camped in front of the Sea Wolves net past Gardner. Bryan Richardson picked up an assist on the goal at the 1:53 mark of the third.

Joe Guenther tied the game at four as he deflected a Mike Kiesman shot from the point past Gardner with 6:30 to play in the third. Jerry Gernander also picked up an assist on the goal.

The Sea Wolves used the power play to their advantage as Davyduke scored the game winner with 4:56 left in the third as he fired a shot that rolled up Sundberg’s arm and into the net. Mike Scott and Walby added the assists on the goal.

For his sixth straight game, Niklas Sundberg made over 30 saves as he turned aside 41 Sea Wolves shots in the losing effort.

The Kingfish battle the Louisiana IceGators tomorrow at the Cajundome in Lafayette 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.

Sea Wolves in 'Paradise' with win over Kingfish, 5-4
Mississippi Sea Wolves Press Release

BATON ROUGE, La. – Mississippi veteran Dave Paradise scored his first hat trick of the season to lead Mississippi past Baton Rouge, 5-4 at the Riverside Centroplex.

With the win, the Sea Wolves holds down second place in the Southwest Division with 64 points.

Mississippi also clinched the battle for the Coca-Cola Cup, with a 14 points to 2 lead over Baton Rouge. There are three head-to-head meetings remaining and the Sea Wolves will be presented with the inaugural Coca-Cola Cup in the final game of the season series on March 25 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

The Sea Wolves (30-19-4) opened the score on the power play at 16:34. Paradise hammered a slap shot from the slot past Niklas Sundberg. The goal for Paradise was his 27th of the season.

In the second, Baton Rouge (14-30-9) bounced back on the power play. Mike Oliveira slipped the puck past Greg Gardner from a sharp angle at the side. Oliveira’s 11th of the campaign, tied the score 1-1.

Paradise went back to work again for Mississippi with the man advantage. Paradise buried his second goal of the night from the slot at 7:02.

Just over two minutes later, Sea Wolves’ Steffon Walby sent a centering pass onto the stick of Paradise for his hat trick goal and 29th of the year, making it 3-1 for Mississippi. The assist for Walby, was his 500th career point over his 10-year pro career.

The Sea Wolves continued to be lethal with the man advantage. Walby set a team record by notching his 15th power play goal of the year and 32nd marker overall, making it 4-1 for Mississippi.

Baton Rouge battled back with three straight goals including a pair from rookie from Joe Guenther and one by veteran Jason Norrie to tie the score 4-4.

But the Sea Wolves connected on a season-high four power play goals, as rookie Kent Davyduke lifted a shot over the left shoulder of Sundberg for the game-winner at 15:04.

Rookie Mike Scott collected his fourth assist of the night, all on the power play.

Gardner turned away 36-of-40 to raise his record to 22-14-4. Sundberg stopped 41-of-46, dropping to 12-12-2 on the season.

Mississippi went 4-for-9 on the power play. Baton Rouge converted on 1-of-4 chances with the man advantage.

Mississippi continues its road swing on Saturday at 7:05 p.m. at Arkansas. There will be no broadcast of the game due to a prior commitment on the Sea Wolves flagship radio station Q 92.5 FM. Action will return to the airwaves on Sunday at 4:00 p.m. against the Louisiana IceGators at the Cajundome in Lafayette.

The Sea Wolves faceoff against Kids Cancer at the next home game on Sunday, February 23 at 5:05 p.m. as against the Pensacola Ice Pilots at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Purchase your commemorative t-shirt for $15. The t-shirt gets you into the game and the postgame party and jersey auction at Grand Casino Biloxi Bayview Ballroom.

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


DATE - 02/13/03     Mississippi ( 5) AT Baton Rouge ( 4)

Mississippi                1  3  1--5  
Baton Rouge                0  2  2--4  

FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Mississippi-Paradise 27 (power play) 
(Scott; Davyduke) 16:34. Penalties: Demmans, BR (Hooking), 1:29. 
Evangelista, MIS (Holding stick), 5:26. Paradise, MIS (Hooking), 
9:21. Sullivan, BR (Interference), 15:05. 

SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 2, Baton Rouge-Oliveira 4 (power play) 
(Richardson) 2:13. 3, Mississippi-Paradise 28 (power play) (Davyduke; 
Scott) 7:02. 4, Mississippi-Paradise 29 (Walby) 9:19. 5, Mississippi-
Walby 32 (power play) (Davyduke; Scott) 15:37. 6, Baton Rouge-
Guenther 9 (Paquet; Kaiman) 19:05. Penalties: Campbell, MIS (Slashing), 
0:42. Blais, BR (Hooking), 1:46. Cava, MIS (Unsportsmanlike Cond), 
1:46. Tucker, BR (Tripping), 2:49. Paquet, BR (Board check), 5:46. 
Mathieu, BR (Tripping), 14:18. Sullivan, BR (Cross checking), 15:57. 

THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 7, Baton Rouge-Norrie 19 (Richardson) 1:53. 8, 
Baton Rouge-Guenther 10 (Kiesman; Gernander) 13:30. 9, Mississippi-
Davyduke 8 (game winner) (power play) (Scott; Walby) 15:04. 
Penalties: Demmans, BR (Roughing), 4:11. Baxter, MIS (Holding), 
8:30. Blais, BR (Roughing), 10:48. Sullivan, BR served by Jacobson 
(Roughing, Ten minute misc.), 14:12. 

Mississippi               19 21  6--46 
Baton Rouge               12 14 14--40 

Power Play Conversions: Mississippi - 4 of 9, Baton Rouge - 1 of 4.
Goalies: Mississippi-Gardner (40 shots, 36 saves; record: 22-14-4). 
Baton Rouge-Sundberg (46 shots, 41 saves; record: 4-6-2). 
A: 1258.  Referee: Smith. Linesmen: ; Sotak.

Game Story
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Ticker) -- Dave Paradise notched a hat 
trick and Kent Davyduke scored late in the third period as the
Mississippi Sea Wolves edged the slumping Baton Rouge Kingfish,
5-4. Paradise opened the scoring with 3:26 left in the first
period, connected on a goal early in the second and added his
29th marker of the season less than three minutes later to give
Mississippi a 3-1 lead. Davyduke, who also had three assists,
broke a 4-4 tie with only 4:56 remaining in the contest. Mike
Scott had four assists, including a helper on the game-winning
goal by Davyduke, for the Sea Wolves. Greg Gardner stopped 36
shots for Mississippi, which has won four of its last six games.
Joe Guenther scored a pair of goals and Niklas Sundberg turned
aside 41 shots for Baton Rouge, which has lost 10 of its last 12