November 24, 2002
Kingfish Win 3-1 over SeaWolves
Baton Rouge Kingfish Press Release
Mike Kiesman picked up the game winner 16:52 into the second period as Jeff Blair made 33 saves for the Kingfish as they snapped an 11 game winless streak with a 3-1 win over the Mississippi Sea Wolves.
For the second straight game, the Kingfish tallied the first goal of the contest, this time, Sam Paquet found the loose puck in a scrum in front of the Mississippi net and punched it past Sean Matile to give the Kingfish a 1-0 lead at the 13:44 mark of the opening period. Mike Kiesman and Ryan Trsek added assists on the goal.
Mississippi knotted the game at 1 as Dwayne Blais pushed a wrap around past Jeff Blair at the 14:17 mark of the period. Mike Scott fed Blais who had the puck knocked off his stick as he beat an out of position Blair on a second effort.
The Sea Wolves’ lead didn’t last long as Kiesman redeemed himself on the power play at the 16:52 mark of the second period of play to give the Kingfish a 2-1 lead. Moments earlier, Kiesman was wide open in the low part of the faceoff circle and put the puck off the crossbar. This time, Kiesman found the back of the net as he picked up a rebound off a Jason Norrie shot and buried the puck behind Matile. Trevor Demmans set up the goal as the dumped the puck in and it took a Kingfish bounce off the glass and came right to a waiting Norrie in the faceoff circle.
The Kingfish capitalized on a 5-on-3 opportunity as Norrie deflected a Trevor Demmans shot from the high slot past Matile to give the Kingfish the 3-1 lead at the 4:47 mark of the third period of play. Glen Crawford also added an assist on the goal.
The Kingfish used special teams to their advantage as they went 2-for-9 on the power play while Mississippi could not convert on any of their 6 power plays.
With the win the Kingfish snap a team high 11 game winless streak while upping their record to 4-13-3 on the season.
The Kingfish make another trip to the Mississippi Coast Coliseum on Thursday to battle the Sea Wolves at 7:05 p.m. Catch the Kingfish pregame show on Baton Rouge’s Best R&B, 104.5 WZRB beginning at 6:50 p.m.
Kingfish Victorious over SeaWolves, 3-1
Mississippi Sea Wolves Press Release
BILOXI, Miss. – The Baton Rouge Kingfish halted a franchise record 11-game winless streak by skating away with a 3-1 win over Mississippi. The Sea Wolves continue to lead the battle against the Kingfish for the Coca-Cola Cup, 6 points to 2.
Kingfish (4-12-3) forward Sam Paquet beat Sean Matile on a rebound infront at 13:44. Paquet’s 4th goal of the year, made it 1-0 for Baton Rouge through 20 minutes.
The Sea Wolves (11-7-2) responded at 14:17 of the second. Dwayne Blais poked in his own rebound at the side of goaltender Jeff Blair, tying the score 1-1. The goal for Blais, was his 3rd of the campaign.
Baton Rouge regained the lead on the power play. Mike Kiesman let go with a shot from the slot, tallying his first of the year, and giving Baton Rouge a 2-1 lead.
The Kingfish added insurance in the third, on another man advantage. Trevor Demmans pointshot was re-directed by Jason Norrie. Norrie’s 3rd goal rounded out the scoring.
Matile stopped 25 of 28 shots, only to drop his record to 1-2-0. Blair made 33 saves, on the 34 shots, improving to 2-7-3.
Mississippi went 0 for 6 on the power play. Baton Rouge converted on 2 of 9 power play opportunities.
Notes: Defenseman Jim Baxter had his 12-game point streak (4 goals-12 assists) snapped. Forward Cody Bowtell saw his 8-game point streak (4 goals-7 assists) halted. Captain Steffon Walby was also held off the scoresheet, ending his 6-game scoring streak (5 goals, 7 assists) and stopping his 4-game goal streak (4 goals).
The Sea Wolves travel to Jackson for a 7:05 p.m. start on Tuesday.
Mississippi’s next home game is Thursday, November 28 for a 7:05 p.m. contest against Baton Rouge on Thanksgiving at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. It is Game 5 in the battle for the Coca-Cola Cup.
Individual Sea Wolves game tickets are available at all TicketMaster locations, the Mississippi Coast Coliseum box office and by calling 228-594-3707.
ECHL FINAL 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL --- --- --- ----- BATON ROUGE 1 1 1 3 MISSISSIPPI 0 1 0 1 FINAL GOAL SCORING: 1ST PRD: BAT - SAMUEL PAQUET 4 (MICHAEL KIESMAN, RYAN TRSEK) 13:44 2ND PRD: MIS - DWAYNE BLAIS 3 (MIKE SCOTT) 14:17 BAT - (PP) MICHAEL KIESMAN 1 (JASON NORRIE, TREVOR DEMMANS) 16:52 3RD PRD: BAT - (PP) TREVOR DEMMANS 3 (MARQUIS MATHIEU, GLENN CRAWFORD) 4:47 POWER-PLAY CONVERSIONS: BAT - 2 OF 9, MIS - 0 OF 6. SHOTS ON GOAL: 1ST 2ND 3RD TOTAL --- --- --- ----- BAT 9 10 9 28 MIS 5 20 9 34 GOALIES: BAT - JEFF BLAIR MIS - SEAN MATILE OFFICIALS: REF - NYGEL PELLETIER LIN - GREGG WRIGHT, JASON FINLEY ATT: 2,236 Game Story BILOXI, Mississippi (Ticker) -- Jeff Blair stopped 33 shots to lead the Baton Rouge Kingfish past the Mississippi Sea Wolves, 3-1 to snap an 11-game winless streak. Blair shut down Mississippi on six power plays to help Baton Rouge win its first since October 26. Mike Kiesman and Jason Norrie each delivered a goal and an assist for the Kingfish. Dwayne Blais scored the lone goal for the Sea Wolves, who lost to Baton Rouge for the first time this season (3-1-0). Sean Matile turned aside 25 shots and suffered the loss.