Kingfish beat Rays in Shootout, 4-3
Baton Rouge Kingfish Press Release

The Kingfish used two power play goals and 37 saves from Niklas Sundberg to power past the South Carolina Stingrays in a shootout, 4-3.

South Carolina jumped out to an early 1-0 lead on their first power play of the evening. Mike Jickling beat Niklas Sundberg with a slapshot from the point just 1:46 into the first period. Adam Calder and Matt Desrosier added the assists on the power play goal.

The Kingfish answered on the power play as Jim Vickers took a pass in the slot a fired a shot over the shoulder of David Brumby. Chris Bell worked with Dwayne Blais to set up the power play goal at the 9:32 mark of the first period.

Dan Sullivan gave the Kingfish a 2-1 lead as he slipped out of the penalty box and picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and beat Brumby on a break away at the 2:10 mark of the second period. Dwayne Blais picked up a helper on the goal.

South Carolina answered twenty seconds later as Andy Powers took a centering pass in the slot and fired a slap shot that beat Sundberg. Brett Marietti and Joel Irving added the assists on the goal.

Joe Guenther regained the lead for the Kingfish as he threw the puck to the front of the net on the power play and it deflected off a defenseman, off Brumby, and again off a defenseman and past Brumby for the goal. Chris Bell and Erik Adams added the assists on the goal at the 16:17 mark of the second period.

Late in the third period, South Carolina tied the contest up at three as Ryan Brindley stuffed a third effort on top of the crease past Sundberg with 1:21 left in the period. Adam Calder and Marty Clapton added the assists on the goal.

Mike Martiniello tallied the game winner in the shootout as neither team could score in the overtime session. Alexandre Burrows and Joel Irving exchanged goals in the first five rounds of the shootout, but it was Martiniello’s goal in round six that made the difference.

The Kingfish are back at it tomorrow as they travel to Columbus to take on the Cottonmouths at 3:05 p.m. Catch the game on Baton Rouge’s Best R&B, 104.5 FM WZRB beginning with the Kingfish pregame show beginning at 2:50 p.m.

Stingrays Stopped in Shootout
Date: 3/8/2003
Author: Darren Abbott
Baton Rouge, LA Mike Martiniello scored a goal in the sixth round of the shoot out to lift the Baton Rouge Kingfish over the Stingrays 4-3 at the Riverside Centroplex. The shootout loss marked the second straight night that the Rays came away with one point in the standings.

The shootout loss moved the Rays record to 35-20-7 and kept them in second place in the Southeast.

"We didn't have our best effort tonight and it cost us a big point," Commented Stingrays Assistant Coach Jared Bednar. "Give Baton Rouge credit, they dumped it in and played the body all night and earned a victory."

The two teams skated to a 1-1 tie at the end of one period. Mike Jickling tipped in a power play goal for his 25th of the season at 1:46 of the frame to give the Stingrays a lead. Jim Vickers tied the score for Baton Rouge when he netted a power play tally at 9:32.

Baton Rouge managed two second period goals to take a 3-2 lead into the third. Dan Sullivan came out of the penalty box to grab a breakaway pass and beat David Brumby through the legs at 2:10 of the frame to give the Kinfish the lead. Andy Powers deposited his 11th of the year on a feed from Brett Marietti to tie the score 20 seconds later at 2:30. Joe Guenther gave the Fish back the lead on a power play tally at 16:17.

Ryan Brindley forced overtime with his 13th of the season with just 1:22 remaining in the third frame.

Notes: Dave Seitz tied a career high picking up his 54th assist of the season on Friday night. The Rays dressed defenseman Aaron Schneekloth last night and rested tough guy Brent Henley. The Stingrays wrap up a four game road trip this afternoon in Lafayette, LA.



DATE - 03/08/03     South Carolina ( 3) AT Baton Rouge ( 4)  SO

South Carolina             1  1  1  0--3  
Baton Rouge                1  2  0  1--4  

FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, South Carolina-Jickling 25 (power play) 
(Desrosiers; Calder) 1:46. 2, Baton Rouge-Vickers 2 (power play) 
(Bell; Blais) 9:32. Penalties: Sundberg, BR served by Sullivan 
(Delay of game), 1:08. Johnson, SC (High sticking), 3:39. BENCH, BR 
served by Martinello (Too many men), 4:34. Schneekloth, SC (Holding), 
8:07. Gomez, SC (Fighting, Major), 13:09. Kaiman, BR (Fighting, Major), 
13:09. Burrows, BR (Roughing), 20:00. Armbrust, SC (Roughing), 
20:00. Burrows, BR served by Sullivan (Goalie interference), 20:00. 

SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 3, Baton Rouge-Sullivan 4 (Blais) 2:10. 4, 
South Carolina-Powers 11 (Marietti; Irving) 2:30. 5, Baton Rouge-
Guenther 17 (power play) (Bell; Adams) 16:17. Penalties: Sundberg, 
BR served by Renzi (Delay of game), 0:09. Desrosiers, SC 
(High sticking), 7:38. Bell, BR (Hooking), 8:25. Williamson, SC 
(Holding), 14:46. 

THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 6, South Carolina-Brindley 13 (Calder; 
Clapton) 18:38. Penalties: Jacobson, BR (Fighting, Major), 0:06. 
Gomez, SC (Fighting, Major), 0:06. Brindley, SC (Holding), 5:28. 
Kaiman, BR (Interference), 10:03. Marietti, SC (Holding), 11:47. 

OVERTIME -- Scoring: None. Penalties: None.

South Carolina            14 12 10  4--40 
Baton Rouge               12 15 11  2--40 

Power Play Conversions: South Carolina - 1 of 5, Baton Rouge - 2 of 6.
Goalies: South Carolina-Brumby (40 shots, 37 saves; record: 2-1-2). 
Baton Rouge-Sundberg (40 shots, 37 saves; record: 10-9-2). 
A: 1729.  Referee: Brown. Linesmen: Sotak; Finley.