December 14, 2002

December 14, 2002

Kingfish fall to Sea Wolves, 4-1
Kingfish spotted Mississippi a 3-0 lead after the first period


The Kingfish out shot the SeaWolves 30-24 but could not muster more than one goal past Matile as the Kingfish spotted their opponent a 3-0 first period lead for the second straight night as they fell to Mississippi 4-1.
Mississippi opened the scoring at the 1:09 mark of the first period of play as Jim Baxter took a centering pass from Cody Bowtell and flipped the puck past Brian Leitza for the goal.
Jeff Hutchins made it 2-0 at the 4:46 mark of the period as he redirected a centering pass from Dwayne Blais right behind Leitza.
At the midway mark of the period, Dave Paradise gave the SeaWolves a three goal lead as he fired a slapshot over the shoulder of Leitza from the right point. Steffon Walby added the assist on the goal.
The Kingfish got on the scoreboard in the late in the second as Mathieu cut the Sea Wolves lead to two with less than a minute to play in the period. Steve Cheredaryk and Kevin Tucker added the assists as the puck squirted through Tucker right to an open Mathieu open at the high slot.
Paradise regained three goal lead for the Sea Wolves a he punched a power play goal over the shoulder of Leitza at the 9:42 mark of the period. Baxter and Kent Davyduke added the assists on the goal.
Richardson could not muster a goal in the contest ending his goal scoring streak at seven games with at least one goal. Brian Leitza made 19 saves in net for the Kingfish as he falls to 2-3-1 on the season.

The Kingfish travel to Arkansas to battle the RiverBlades tomorrow at the Alltel Arena at 6:05 p.m. Catch all the action on Baton Rouge’s Best R & B, 104.5 WZRB beginning with the Kingfish pre-game show at 5:50 p.m.

Sea Wolves Make 38-Special by Downing Kingfish, 4-1
Mississippi Sea Wolves Press Release

BATON ROUGE, La. – The Mississippi Sea Wolves are howling on top of the East Coast Hockey League. The Sea Wolves moved into first place in the 27-team ECHL with 38 points, by knocking off the Baton Rouge Kingfish 4-1. Mississippi also extended its winning streak to a season-high four games.

It’s the first time the Sea Wolves organization and coach Bob Woods have led the ECHL in points at this stage of a season.

Mississippi (18-9-2) opened the score at 1:09 of the first period. Defenseman Jim Baxter took a Cody Bowtell pass and roofed a shot past goaltender Brian Leitza. Baxter’s goal was his 8th of the year and 32nd point.

The Sea Wolves continued to come at the Kingfish, as a centering pass by Dwayne Blais was re-directed by Jeff Hutchins, making it 2-0 for Mississippi. The goal for Hutchins was his 6th of the campaign.

Mississippi continued to pour it on in the opening stanza. Dave Paradise unleashed a rocket of a slap shot from the right circle, blowing it past Leitza. Paradise’s 17th of the year made it 3-0 for the Sea Wolves after 20 minutes.

Baton Rouge (8-16-4) got on track at 19:14 of the second. Marquis Mathieu let go with a shot from the slot, goaltender Sean Matile slowed it down, but it trickled over the goal line. Mathieu’s 3rd of the season, made it 3-1 for Mississippi through 40 minutes.

In the third, Mississippi connected on the power play. Paradise notched his second of the night blasting in a shot from the slot. The 18th of the year for Paradise, rounded out the scoring.

The Sea Wolves also lead the Coca-Cola Cup season series, 10 points to 2.

Matile backstopped Mississippi to the win by making 29 saves on 30 shots. Matile improves his record to 5-2-0. Leitza stopped 20 of 24, falling to 2-3-1 on the season.

Mississippi converted on 1 of 6 power play opportunities. Baton Rouge failed to tally on 5 chances with the man advantage.

Mississippi completes its four-game road trip on Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. at Arkansas. Listen live to Sea Wolves play-by-play action on Q 92.5 FM or across the internet at through the partnership with

Following the Arkansas game, the Sea Wolves return home for three games in three days beginning Friday, December 20 at 7:35 p.m. against the Louisiana IceGators. On Saturday, December 21 at 7:35 p.m. Mississippi hosts intrastate rival Jackson. Then on Sunday, the Sea Wolves entertain Arkansas at 5:05 p.m. at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

The Sea Wolves ‘Pick Six Plan’ is a great gift idea for the holidays. Select your favorite six home games and receive a FREE Sea Wolves gift package consisting of an official game puck autographed by Coach Bob Woods, plus a Sea Wolves Souvenir Media Guide. The ‘Pick Six Plan’ ranges from $48 to $96.

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


DATE - 12/14/02     Mississippi ( 4) AT Baton Rouge ( 1)

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

FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Mississippi-Baxter 8 (Bowtell; Lisabeth) 
1:09. 2, Mississippi-Hutchins 6 (game winner) (Blais; Cava) 4:46. 3, 
Mississippi-Paradise 17 (Walby) 11:39. Penalties: Rochon, MIS 
(Hooking), 1:24. Mathieu, BR (Slashing), 5:41. Pietersma, MIS 
(Fighting, Major), 8:45. Jacobson, BR (Fighting, Major), 8:45. 

SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 4, Baton Rouge-Mathieu 3 (Jones; Cheredaryk) 
19:14. Penalties: Jacobson, BR (Hooking), 2:36. Demmans, BR (Roughing), 
6:10. Walby, MIS (Holding stick), 6:30. Campbell, MIS (Holding), 
17:24. Kiesman, BR (Interference), 17:39. 

THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 5, Mississippi-Paradise 18 (power play) 
(Baxter; Davyduke) 9:42. Penalties: Pietersma, MIS (Interference), 
3:50. Cheredaryk, BR (Tripping), 4:46. Cava, MIS (Delay of game), 
8:05. Norrie, BR (Roughing), 8:05. Gore, BR (Holding), 8:13. 
Byfuglien, MIS (Holding), 10:38. Davyduke, MIS (Roughing), 15:39. 
Gernander, BR (Roughing), 15:39. 

Mississippi               11  8  4--23 
Baton Rouge               10 10 11--31 

Power Play Conversions: Mississippi - 1 of 6, Baton Rouge - 0 of 5.
Goalies: Mississippi-Matile (31 shots, 30 saves; record: 5-2-0). 
Baton Rouge-Leitza (23 shots, 19 saves; record: 2-3-1). 
A: 1396.  Referee: Thul. Linesmen: ; Sotak.--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
Game Story
BATON ROUGE, Louisiana (Ticker) -- Dave Paradise netted a pair 
of goals and Jim Baxter added a goal and an assist to lead the
Mississippi Sea Wolves past the Baton Rouge Kingfish, 4-1.
Paradise, who has a team-leading 18 goals, scored midway through
the opening stanza to supply Mississippi with a 3-0 lead.
Baxter, who put the Sea Wolves on the board just 1:09 into the
game, then assisted Paradise on a power-play marker 9:42 into
the third period. Sean Matile turned away 30 of the 31 shots he
faced for Mississippi, which has won four consecutive contests.
Marquis Mathieu netted the lone goal of the game for Baton
Rouge, which dropped to 1-5 against the Sea Wolves this year.
Brian Leitza made 19 saves in the loss.