RiverBlades Lose In Shootout



Saturday Nov 30, 2002
For the second straight night, the Arkansas RiverBlades could not hold a third-period lead, and as a result, lost 4-3 in a shootout Saturday in Baton Rouge.

Joe Guenther scored on the fourth shot in the shootout, and Brian Leitza stopped Ernie Hartlieb on Arkansas' last shot to preserve the win.

Mike Sandbeck opened the scoring with his 4th of the year at 1:12, Pagnutti scored his fifth of the year at 9:36. Assisted by Eric Long and Terry Marchant, the goal came on a 5-on-3 power play.

Soon after, Arkansas got another 5-on-3 advantage, and Pagnutti capitalized again, just after the first penalty expired at 11:01. Buddy Smith and Eric Long had helpers on the play.

Pagnutti now has 6 goals on the year, all on the power-play.

The only goal of the second period belonged to Baton Rouge, as Brian Richardson scored his 8th of the year on the power-play from Steve Cheredaryk and Marquis Mathieu at 15:57.

Then, late in the second period, tempers flared, and Arkansas soon found themselves down two defensemen.

At 17:47, Baton Rouge's Garnet Jacobson came up-high with an elbow on Kevin Korol, prompting Tom Kaiman to come in and stick up for his fallen teammate. Kaiman and Jacobson then fought, and both were given game misconducts. In addition, Kaiman got two minutes for instigating, and Jacobson got a five-minute major for elbowing.

About a minute and a half later, Dean Stork was called for holding, and a pile-up ensued. Then Kyle Kos, frustrated about the play, apparently fired the puck in the direction of the referee and was given a game misconduct.

In the third, Jimi St. John misplayed the puck at 6:29, resulting in a Joe Guenther power-play goal. 28 seconds later, Glenn Crawford nailed a one-timer from Joe Guenther, beating St. John stick-side to tie the game at 3-3.

Neither team could score in overtime, resulting in the shootout.

Arkansas travels to Jackson tomorrow for a matinee with the Bandits. Game time is 2:00 p.m.

 

ECHL  FINAL IN 1ST SHOOTOUT 1ST  2ND  3RD  OT   1SHO TOTAL
                            ---  ---  ---  ---  ---- -----
      ARKANSAS               3    0    0    0    1    3
      BATON ROUGE            0    1    2    0    2    4  FINAL IN 1ST SHOOTOUT

      GOAL SCORING:

      1ST PRD: ARK - MIKE SANDBECK 4 (DEAN STOCK, DAMON WHITTEN) 1:12
               ARK - (PP) MATTHEW PAGNUTTI 5 (ERIC LONG, TERRY MARCHANT) 
                      10:24
               ARK - (PP) MATTHEW PAGNUTTI 6 (BUDDY SMITH, ERIC LONG) 11:41
      2ND PRD: BAT - (PP) BRYAN RICHARDSON 8 (STEVE CHEREDARYK, MARQUIS 
                      MATHIEU) 14:57
      3RD PRD: BAT - (PP) JOE GUETHER 3 (TREVOR DEMMANS, MARQUIS MATHIEU) 
                      6:29
               BAT - GLENN CRAWFORD 4 (JOE GUETHER) 6:57
           OT: NONE
      1ST SHO: NONE

      POWER-PLAY CONVERSIONS: ARK - 2 OF 6, BAT - 2 OF 9.

      SHOTS ON GOAL:        1ST  2ND  3RD  OT   1SHO TOTAL
                            ---  ---  ---  ---  ---- -----
                     ARK    14   10    7    0    5   36
                     BAT     7    9    9    1    4   30

            GOALIES: ARK - JIMI ST. JOHN
                     BAT - BRIAN LEITZA

          OFFICIALS: REF - NYGEL PELLETIER
                     LIN - BRAD SOTAK, JAMIE WING

                ATT: 1,970
Game Story
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Ticker) -- Joe Guether tallied a goal, 
an assist and a shootout goal to lead the Baton Rouge Kingfish
past the Arkansas RiverBlades, 4-3. Guether netted a power-play
goal 6:29 into the final stanza to cut an Arkansas lead to 3-2
and then assisted on a goal by Glenn Crawford just 28 seconds
later. Guether, who has five points (three goals, two assists)
in three games for Baton Rouge, then tallied the deciding score
in the shootout. Brian Leitza made 28 saves in the contest,
including four stops in the shootout, for the Kingfish, who have
won two games in a row. Matt Pagnutti recorded a pair of
power-play goals for the RiverBlades. Jimi St. John turned away
23 shots for Arkansas, which has dropped its last two contests.