October 26, 2002

Kingfish dump Gators, 3-1
Baton Rouge Kingfish Press Release

The Baton Rouge Kingfish used two first period goals to down the Louisiana IceGators 3-1 at the Riverside Centroplex.

For the first time this season, the Kingfish scored the first goal of the contest. Clark Jones took a centering pass for Ryan Trsek just 1:09 into the period and beat Kyle Kettles. Trevor Demmans added an assist on the power play goal.

Three minutes later, Jones punched home his second of the night. A great centering pass from Trsek off a feed from Sam Paquet set up the goal.

Despite being outshot 15-7, the Kingfish held a 2-0 lead going into the locker room after the opening stanza.

Louisiana cut the Kingfish lead to one at the 12:40 mark of the second period. Shawn McNeil punched a centering pass from Semir Ben-Amor and Kevin Mitchell past Jeff Blair.

Bryan Richardson iced the contest on the power play as he beat Kettles at the 6:30 mark of the third to give the Kingfish the 3-1 lead. Steve Cheredaryk and Jesse Ferguson added the assists on the goal.

The Kingfish went 2-4 on the man advantage as they continue to produce on the power play.

Jeff Blair picked up his first win of the season as he made 37 saves in the win. Blair improves to 1-2-0 on the season.

The Kingfish are back at it tomorrow as they travel to Mississippi to take on the Sea Wolves at 5:05 p.m. Catch the game on Baton Rouge’s Best R&B, 104.5 FM WZRB beginning with the Kingfish pregame show beginning at 4:50 p.m.

October 26, 2002

Kingfish drop IceGators, 3-1
Louisiana Ice Gators Press Release

Baton Rouge, LA - Clark Jones scored twice in the opening 4:06 of the game and Jeff Blair made 37 saves in a spectacular performance, as the Baton Rouge Kingfish handed the Louisiana IceGators their first loss of the season, a 3-1 defeat at the Riverside Centroplex.

Shawn McNeil extended his goal-scoring streak to five games for the IceGators, who fell to 5-1-0 and host Jackson on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. Louisiana was trying to start the season with a franchise-record 6-0-0 mark. Kyle Kettles made 21 saves in net for the IceGators.

Jones' first goal came on the power play, with Kevin Mitchell in the box for hooking. Just 20 seconds into the power play, at 1:09 of the first, Jones parked himself in the slot and got a pass from Ryan Trsek behind the net, and beat Kettles top shelf.

At the 4:06 mark, Jones made it 2-0 when he scored on virtually the same play, with Trsek again making the feed.

The tide turned in the second period, as the IceGators outshot the Kingfish 15-6 and spent a good majority of the final 12 minutes of the period on the power play.

Louisiana finally broke through against the 5-foot-9, 170-pound Blair at the 12:40 mark with Steve Cheredaryk in the box for holding. Semir Ben-Amor made a nice play getting the puck to Kevin Mitchell at the point. Mitchell faked a defender to the ground, walked to the left circle, and sent a cross-ice pass to McNeil, who was waiting for the puck at the top of the right circle. McNeil unleashed a slapshot that got by Blair. The tally was McNeil's eighth in the last five games, while Ben-Amor picked up his first assist in North America.

The IceGators had good chances for the remainder of the second period, and early in the third as well. Blair made a glove save on Nathan Rempel breaking in alone early in the third to preserve the lead.

Bryan Richardson finished the scoring at 6:30 of the third, putting in a rebound of a Toni Bader miss. The Kingfish outshot Louisiana 11-7 in the final period.

Louisiana finished 1-for-6 on the power play, while Baton Rouge was 2-for-5. Four of the five Kingfish power plays came in the third period, while the IceGators didn't have a man advantage in the period.