February 28, 2003

SeaWoves Dump Fish 8-3
Baton Rouge Kingfish Press Release

Despite jumping out to an early lead, and out shooting the Sea Wolves 48-31, the Kingfish fall 8-3 to Mississippi.

The Kingfish jumped out to a 1-0 lead as Mike Renzi slipped past the Mississippi defense and threw the puck past Sean Matile just 2:30 into the first period. Dan Sullivan and Mike Kiesman added the assists.

Travis Lisabeth answered at the 4:10 mark of the period as he beat Jeff Blair on the give and go with Dave Paradise. Stu Pietersma also added an assist on the goal.

Jim Vickers regained the lead for the Kingfish as he stepped right past the Sea Wolves defense and pulled Matile out of his net giving the forward room to snap the puck past the goaltender. Kevin Tucker added an assist on the goal at the 6:19 mark of the first.

Twenty-five seconds later, Steffon Walby tied the game at two as he fired a slap shot off a give-and-go with Patrick Rochon past Blair. Jim Baxter also added an assist on the goal.

Mississippi took its first lead of the game when Jeff Hutchins intercepted a Kingfish breakout pass in the slot and beat Blair on the quick shot. The unassisted goal came at the 9:13 mark of the first period.

Sergi Kuznetsov extended Mississippi’s lead to two goals two minutes later as he slipped the puck past Blair. Kent Davyduke added and Mike Scott added the assists on the goal.

Mike Scott gave the Sea Wolves a 5-2 lead on the power play 3:50 into the second period. Davyduke and Baxter each added their second assists of the game on the goal.

Twenty seconds later Garnet Jacobson rolled the puck up over Matile’s pad during a scramble in front of the Mississippi net to cut the Sea Wolves lead to three. Mike Martiniello and Jim Vickers added the assists on the goal.

Davyduke regained the three-goal advantage for the Sea Wolves with 29 seconds left in the period on a breakaway. Austin Miller and Kuznetsov added the assists on the goal.

Mississippi added two goals in the third, the first at the 13:17 mark of the period on the power play as Scott stuffed the puck past Blair off the cross ice pass from Davyduke. Rochon also added an assist on the goal.

Darryl Campbell made it 8-3 on another breakaway against Blair at the 15:51 mark of the third. John Evangelista added an assist on the goal.

The Kingfish are back in action tomorrow when the Florida Everblades make their first trip to the Centroplex this season. Get your tickets for tomorrow’s 7:05 faceoff by calling the Kingfish office at 336-4625.

Sea Wolves Squish Kingfish, 8-3
Mississippi Sea Wolves Press Release

BILOXI, Miss. – The Mississippi Sea Wolves vaulted into first place in the Southwest Division by hammering the Baton Rouge Kingfish, 8-3.

The Sea Wolves have 74 points, one point ahead of Louisiana, after the IceGators fell at Peoria. Mississippi won its third straight game overall and fifth consecutive at the Wolves Den.

Mississippi also picked up two more points in the battle for the Coca-Cola Cup, extending the lead over Baton Rouge, 18 points to 2. 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.

Baton Rouge (17-34-9) opened the score at 2:30. Mike Renzi stickhandled in close and slipped the puck past Sean Matile. The goal was Renzi’s 10th of the season.

The Sea Wolves (35-20-4) responded at 4:10. Kingfish goaltender Jeff Blair failed to cover a shot by Dave Paradise, Travis Lisabeth knocked the puck into the net for his 15th of the year.

The Kingfish regained the lead at the 6:19 mark. Jim Vickers made some nifty moves cruised into the slot and tallied his third of the campaign, giving Baton Rouge a 2-1 advantage.

Mississippi stormed back 25 seconds later. Captain Steffon Walby extended his goal streak to a team-high six, by notching his 35th of the season at 6:44. He also tied Tyler Rennette of Peoria for first in the East Coast Hockey League goal scoring parade.

Then the Sea Wolves took the lead at 9:13, for the first time in the game. Baton Rouge alternate captain Chris Bell from behind his own net, passed the puck up the middle and on the stick of Sea Wolves rookie Jeff Hutchins, who deposited his ninth of the year.

Sergei Kuznetsov potted a wraparound goal at 11:23. It was the ninth of the season for Kuznetsov, giving Mississippi a 4-2 lead.

In the second, Sea Wolves Mike Scott tallied a power play goal at the 3:50 mark. The goal was Scott’s 19th of the season, making it 5-2 for Mississippi.

The Kingfish answered 20 seconds later. Garnet Jacobson netted his fourth of the year, closing the margin to a pair.

Late in the middle stanza, Kent Davyduke streaked in on a breakaway and buried his 18th of the campaign.

Sea Wolves rookie Stu Pietersma dropped his gloves and squared off with Dan Sullivan. The fighting major for Pietersma was his league-leading 31st fighting major of the season, tying the Sea Wolves team record set by Kevin Evans in 1996-97.

In the third period, Scott set a Sea Wolves rookie record by scoring his 20th of the year, surpassing Travis Lisabeth (2001-02) and Karol Bartanus (1998-99). The goal for Scott was his second of the game on the power play.

Darryl Campbell rounded out the scoring for Mississippi, sliding home a shot at 15:51. Campbell’s 13th tally of the year also extended his point streak to seven games (6g-6a).

Matile surrendered three goals on 48 shots, improving his record to 10-6-0. Blair stopped 23-of-31, falling to 5-19-5 on the season.

Mississippi went 2-for-4 on the power play. Baton Rouge failed to convert on five chances with the man advantage.

Following the game it was announced, Davyduke has been loaned to the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.

The Sea Wolves get back into action tonight at home against Arkansas at 7:35 p.m. at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

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


DATE - 02/28/03     Baton Rouge ( 3) AT Mississippi ( 8)

Baton Rouge                2  1  0--3  
Mississippi                4  2  2--8  

FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Baton Rouge-Renzi 2 (Sullivan; Kiesman) 
2:30. 2, Mississippi-Lisabeth 15 (Paradise; Pietersma) 4:10. 3, 
Baton Rouge-Vickers 1 (Tucker) 6:19. 4, Mississippi-Walby 35 (Baxter; 
Rochon) 6:44. 5, Mississippi-Hutchins 9 (unassisted) 9:13. 6, 
Mississippi-Kuznetsov 6 (game winner) (Davyduke; Scott) 11:23. 
Penalties: Bell, BR (High sticking, Double minor), 12:07. 

SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 7, Mississippi-Scott 19 (power play) 
(Davyduke; Baxter) 3:50. 8, Baton Rouge-Jacobson 4 (Martinello; 
Vickers) 4:10. 9, Mississippi-Davyduke 11 (Miller; Kuznetsov) 19:31. 
Penalties: Burrows, BR (Holding), 3:19. Pietersma, MIS (Fighting, 
Major), 4:17. Sullivan, BR (Fighting, Major), 4:17. Kuznetsov, MIS 
(Tripping), 7:09. Rochon, MIS (Board check), 13:51. Davyduke, MIS 
(Goalie interference), 15:40. Baxter, MIS (Diving), 18:06. Sullivan, 
BR (Roughing), 18:06. 

THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 10, Mississippi-Scott 20 (power play) (Baxter; 
Davyduke) 13:17. 11, Mississippi-Campbell 13 (Evangelista) 15:51. 
Penalties: Lisabeth, MIS (Elbowing), 3:36. Bell, BR (Slashing), 
12:59. Burrows, BR (Slashing), 18:08. Kuznetsov, MIS (Slashing), 
18:08. Miller, MIS (Unsportsmanlike Cond), 18:08. 

Baton Rouge               12 20 16--48 
Mississippi               13 12  6--31 

Power Play Conversions: Baton Rouge - 0 of 5, Mississippi - 2 of 4.
Goalies: Baton Rouge-Blair (31 shots, 23 saves; record: 5-19-5). 
Mississippi-Matile (48 shots, 45 saves; record: 10-6-0). 
A: 4119.  Referee: Thul. Linesmen: Finley; .