December 18, 2002

Kingfish down Cyclones, 5-4 in Shootout
Baton Rouge Kingfish Press Release

Joe Guenther tallied the only goal in the shootout as Brian Leitza made 41 saves in the 5-4 shootout win for the Kingfish.

For just the sixth time this season, the Kingfish tallied the first goal of the contest, as Marquis Mathieu slipped past the Cincinnati defense and beat Marc Kielkucki through the legs. Jason Norrie picked up an assist as he fed Mathieu in the slot at the 4:27 mark of the period.

Cincinnati tied the contest on its first power play four minutes later. Evan Cheverie took a rink wide pass from Mike Casselman and blew it by an out of position Brian Leitza to tie the game at one. Matt Noga also added an assist on the goal.

Ryan Gaucher gave the Cyclones the lead at the 16:02 mark of the period as he picked up a loose puck in the high slot, slipped past the pile of players in front of the Kingfish net and pushed the puck past Leitza on the power play. Brent Twordik added an assist on the goal, while Casselman added his second assist of the night on the goal.

The Kingfish tied the contest up at two on the power play just six minutes into the second period as Mike Kiesman as he pushed the puck off of Kielkucki’s shoulder and into the back of the net. Jason Norrie added an assist on the goal.

Joe Guenther regained the lead for the Kingfish at the 11:32 mark of the second as he picked up a loose puck in the slot and flipped it over an outstretched Kielkucki. Bryan Richardson and Trevor Demmans added the assists on the Kingfish’s second power play goal of the night.

Cincinnati tied the contest before the end of the period as Cardarella threw the puck into an empty net as Leitza came out of his net to play the puck. Casselman and Wes Blevins added the assists on the goal at the 18:33 mark of the second stanza.

The Kingfish took the lead at the midway mark of the third period as Sean Peach fired a bad angle slapshot over the catching glove of Kielkucki. Demmans and Richardson added the assists.

Cincinnati tied the contest at the 17:10 mark of the period and sent it to overtime as Leitza got caught out of his net as Cheverie pushed the puck into the open cage. Twordik and Casselman added the assists on the Cyclones’s goal.

The overtime did not produce a winner as Joe Guenther was the only scorer in the shootout. Brian Leitza made 31 saves in the win and stopped all five Cincinnati shooters in the shootout.

The Kingfish continue their seven game road trip Friday and Saturday in Peoria to battle the Rivermen at 7:00 p.m. before heading to Toledo for an afternoon game on Sunday. Catch all the action on Baton Rouge’s Best R & B, 104.5 WZRB beginning with the Kingfish pre-game show at 6:45 p.m.

Kingfish Snap Home Win Streak with 5-4 SO Win
Cincinnati Cyclones Press Release

Cincinnati, OH -- The Baton Rouge Kingfish snapped the Cyclones seven-game home win streak with a 5-4 shootout win at U.S. Bank Arena on Wednesday night.

Cincinnati led 2-1 after the first period on power play goals from Evan Cheverie and Ryan Gaucher.

In the second, the Cyclones got a late goal from Joe Cardarelli to pull even at 3-3 after two periods.

Another goal from Cheverie was need late to tie the game at 4-4 to send it into overtime. The rookie's second of the night came with just 3:50 to go in regulation.

Following a scoreless overtime session, Baton Rouge scored the decisive goal in the shootout to pick up the win.

The Cyclones travel to Johnstown (Pa.) to meet the Chiefs on Friday at 7:30 PM. Cincinnati then returns home to face the Dayton Bombers on Saturday at U.S. Bank Arena in Warm 98's "Heroes Helping Heroes Night." A portion of the proceeds from the game benefits the Make-A-Wish Foundation as does the annual "Teddy Bear Toss."


DATE - 12/18/02     Baton Rouge ( 5) AT Cincinnati ( 4)  SO

Baton Rouge                1  2  1  1--5  
Cincinnati                 2  1  1  0--4  

FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Baton Rouge-Mathieu 4 (Norrie) 4:27. 2, 
Cincinnati-Cheverie 9 (power play) (Noga; Casselman) 8:18. 3, 
Cincinnati-Gaucher 7 (power play) (Casselman; Twordik) 16:02. 
Penalties: Jones, BR (High sticking), 7:58. Tucker, BR (Hooking), 

SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 4, Baton Rouge-Kiesman 3 (power play) 
(Norrie; Demmans) 6:01. 5, Baton Rouge-Guenther 6 (power play) 
(Richardson; Demmans) 11:32. 6, Cincinnati-Cardarelli 13 (Brand; 
Gaucher) 18:33. Penalties: Gaucher, CIN (Hooking), 4:12. Bootland, 
CIN (Interference, Ten minute misc.), 10:23. Mathieu, BR (Hooking), 
13:00. Mathieu, BR (Slashing), 15:10. 

THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 7, Baton Rouge-Peach 3 (Demmans; Richardson) 
10:04. 8, Cincinnati-Cheverie 10 (Twordik; Casselman) 17:10. 
Penalties: Kiesman, BR (Tripping), 9:16. Bootland, CIN (High sticking), 
9:48. Kaiman, BR (Hooking), 14:44. Mathieu, BR (Cross checking), 

OVERTIME -- Scoring: None. Penalties: None.

Baton Rouge               10 11 12  3--36 
Cincinnati                14 11  9  2--36 

Power Play Conversions: Baton Rouge - 2 of 3, Cincinnati - 2 of 7.
Goalies: Baton Rouge-Leitza (36 shots, 32 saves; record: 3-3-1). 
Cincinnati-Kielkucki (36 shots, 32 saves; record: 4-2-1). 
A: 1948.  Referee: Bialota. Linesmen: Phillips; Ferguson.