December 20, 2002

Kingfish drown Rivermen, 3-1
Baton Rouge Kingfish Press Release

The Baton Rouge Kingfish used a goal by Marquis Mathieu early in the third period and 20 saves by Jeff Blair to down the Peoria Rivermen 3-1.

Peoria tallied their first and only goal of the game just four and a half minutes into the opening stanza to take a 1-0 lead. Mike Stuart fired a shot past Jeff Blair from the left point. Ryan Finnerty and Derek Booth added the assists.

The Kingfish answered a little over two minutes later as Forrest Gore took a centering pass from Joe Guenther and beat Duane Derksen over the shoulder to tie the game at one. Bryan Richardson set up the goal on a good one man effort in the left faceoff circle as he took the puck from a Peoria defenseman and slid it to Guenther.

A scoreless second period was marred by penalties as the teams picked up 20 minutes in penalties.

Marquis Mathieu broke the 1-1 deadlock just six minutes into the third period as he picked up a rebound in the slot and fired the puck past Derksen to give the Kingfish the one goal advantage. Trevor Demmans and Ryan Trsek added the assists on the goal.

Peoria pulled Derksen late in the period in favor of an extra attacker but it was the Kingfish who added another. Jason Norrie cleared a loose puck off the glass and down the length of the ice for the unassisted empty net goal. It sent the fans in Peoria packing with just 43 seconds left in the contest.

The Kingfish were held off the scoreboard on the power play on three opportunities. Jeff Blair made 20 saves as the Kingfish out shot the Rivermen 24-21.

The Kingfish battle the Rivermen again tomorrow night at the Peoria Civic Center at 7:00 p.m. before heading to Toledo for an afternoon game on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Catch all the action on Baton Rouge’s Best R & B, 104.5 WZRB beginning with the Kingfish pre game show 15 minutes before the opening faceoff.

Rivermen Bow to Baton Rouge, 2-1
Posted on Friday, December 20 @ 22:00:02 CST by jmo27

Whoever said, "any given team can beat any given team on any given night," was correct this evening. The Baton Rouge Kingfish came into Peoria on Friday night with the third worst record in the East Coast Hockey League and beat the second place Rivermen, 3-1, in front of 5172 fans at Carver Arena.

Peoria got off to a fast start. At 4:22 into the first period Rivermen defensemen Mike Stuart put the Rivermen up 1-0 with his second goal of the year. Ryan Finnerty and Derek Booth picked up assists on the play. From that point on it was all Kingfish. Baton Rouge would answer quickly thanks to Forrest Gore's tally just two minutes later. They would add two more goals in the third period to put the game out of reach.

The highlight of the game for Peoria was a fight between Rivermen enforcer Jeremy Yablonski and former Rivermen Michael Kiesman. Kiesman, who played three games with Peoria earlier in the season, didn't last long and was sent to the penalty box with a bloodied mouth.

The Rivermen saw their overall record fall to 16-9-2, while the Kingfish improve to 10-17-4. Peoria will get a chance at redemption on Saturday night as the same two teams battle again. Face off is set for 7pm at the Peoria Civic Center


DATE - 12/20/02     Baton Rouge ( 3) AT Peoria ( 1)

Baton Rouge                1  0  2--3  
Peoria                     1  0  0--1  

FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Peoria-Stuart 2 (Finnerty; Booth) 4:22. 2, 
Baton Rouge-Gore 4 (Richardson; Guenther) 6:13. Penalties: None.

SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: None. Penalties: Kiesman, BR (Hooking), 
3:27. Yablonski, PEO (Fighting, Major), 5:27. Kiesman, BR (Fighting, 
Major), 5:27. Norrie, BR (Roughing), 5:30. Derksen, PEO served by 
Brooks (Interference), 8:49. Granato, PEO (Holding), 16:08. 
Lawmaster, PEO (Slashing), 17:30. 

THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 3, Baton Rouge-Mathieu 5 (game winner) 
(Demmans; Trsek) 6:03. 4, Baton Rouge-Norrie 12 (empty net) 
(unassisted) 19:10. Penalties: Tucker, BR (Slashing, Roughing, 
Double minor), 8:09. Clark, PEO (Roughing, Double minor), 8:09. 
Finnerty, PEO (Roughing), 15:35. Gernander, BR (Roughing), 15:35. 

Baton Rouge                7 10  7--24 
Peoria                    10  7  4--21 

Power Play Conversions: Baton Rouge - 0 of 3, Peoria - 0 of 2.
Goalies: Baton Rouge-Blair (21 shots, 20 saves; record: 5-10-3). 
Peoria-Derksen (23 shots, 21 saves; record: 7-7-1). 
A: 5172.  Referee: Ernst. Linesmen: Kirkiewicz; Carrico.
Game Story
PEORIA, Illinois (Ticker) -- Marquis Mathieu scored the 
game-winner and Jeff Blair stopped 20 shots to lead the Baton
Rouge Kingfish past the Peoria Rivermen, 3-1. Mathieu, who
snapped a 1-1 tie 6:03 into the third period, recorded his first
winning tally of the season. Blair stopped all 11 shots he
faced over the final two frames for the win. Forrest Gore and
Jason Norrie each tallied for Baton Rouge, which improved to 2-1
on its seven-game road trip. Defenseman Mike Stuart scored his
second goal in 18 games with Peoria, which had its three-game
winning streak broken. Duane Derksen, who allowed two goals on
23 shots, took the loss to fall to 7-7-1.