December 27, 2002

Kingfish fall in shootout, 4-3
Baton Rouge Kingfish Press Release

Joe Guenther picked up two assists for the Kingfish as Brian Leitza made 33 save for the Kingfish in net but it wasn’t enough as Baton Rouge fell to Arkansas in a shootout in round seven, 4-3.

The Kingfish took a 1-0 lead with just 15 seconds remaining in the first period as Jason Saal tried to clear the puck but instead threw the puck off the of Ryan Trsek. It bounced off the Kingfish forward and dribbled through Saal’s legs and into the net for the unassisted goal.

Arkansas tied the contest up on the power play as Jason Bermingham deflected a shot by Matt Pagnutti past Brian Leitza at the 4:57 mark of the period. Buddy Smith also added an assist on the goal.

The Kingfish tied the contest up at the 7:24 mark as Sam Paquet beat Saal off a centering pass from Joe Guenther. Bryan Richardson acted as a decoy as he let the puck slip through his reach untouched in the slot as it went right to Paquet in the high slot.

Arkansas tied the game up early in the third period as Bermingham picked up the unassisted goal at the 1:52 mark of the period. He picked up a misplayed puck and beat Leitza.

The Riverblades took a 3-2 lead at the 4:39 mark of the third on a power play goal as Mike Cirillo took a pass from Dean Stock and punched the puck past Leitza.

Garnet Jacobson tied the game up at three as he took a centering pass from Guenther and fired the puck past Saal just 20 seconds after Arkansas took the lead. Bryan Richardson also picked up an assist on the power play goal.

Neither team could score in the overtimes session, and it took seven rounds in the shootout to deterime the winner as Mike Cirillo’s goal in round seven was the difference.

The Kingfish close out their seven game road trip tomorrow in Jackson against the Bandits. Catch all the action on Baton Rouge’s Best R & B, 104.5 WZRB beginning with the Kingfish pre-game show at 6:50 p.m.

RiverBlades Prevail in Shootout
Arkansas RiverBlades Press Release

December 27, 2002 - The Arkansas RiverBlades scored two third-period goals and went on to defeat the Baton Rouge Kingfish 4-3 in a shootout Friday at Alltel Arena.

Jason Bermingham racked up two goals, and Mike Cirillo added his 8th of the year for the Blades. Cirillo also scored the winning shootout goal on the Blades' 7th attempt.

Ryan Trsek opened up the scoring for Baton Rouge late in the first at the 19:46 mark. Trsek was the beneficiary of a poor clearing attempt by Jason Saal. The puck deflected off of Trsek and went back behind Saal for the goal.

Arkansas then tied it in the second, as Jason Bermingham cashed in with his 14th of the year on the power-play at 4:57, assisted by Matt Pagnutti and Buddy Smith.

However, just over two minutes later, Baton Rouge found the net again, as Sam Paquet tallied his 7th of the year from Joe Guenther on the power-play at 7:24.

Jason Bermingham got the RiverBlades even again just 1:57 into the third, scoring his 2nd of the game unassisted.

Then, just under three minutes later, Mike Cirillo gave Arkansas the lead at 4:39, with his 8th of the year, set up by Dean Stock.

However, the Kingfish came back just 19 seconds later, as Garnet Jacobson found the net for his second of the year, assisted by Bryan Richardson and Joe Guenther.

Neither team scored the rest of the third and in overtime, so the game came down to a shootout. In the shootout, each team had 7 attempts. Bryan Richardson was the only one to solve Jason Saal in that span, while Arkansas prevailed, scoring on 2 of their 7 attempts. First, it was Ernie Hartlieb, and then it was Mike Cirillo for the clincher.

Arkansas outshot Baton Rouge 36-32 for the game, and was 1-for-4 on the power-play. The Kingfish were 1-for-6.

Brian Leitza made 33 saves in the losing cause for Baton Rouge, and Jason Saal stopped 29 of 32 offerings for the RiverBlades.

The RiverBlades travel on the road this weekend, and return to Alltel Arena next Friday, January 3rd, to host the Louisiana IceGators. Faceoff is set for 7:05 p.m.


DATE - 12/27/02     Baton Rouge ( 3) AT Arkansas ( 4)  SO

Baton Rouge                1  1  1  0--3  
Arkansas                   0  1  2  1--4  

FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Baton Rouge-Trsek 5 (unassisted) 19:44. 
Penalties: Marchant, ARK (Interference), 2:57. Sandbeck, ARK 
(Unsportsmanlike Cond), 12:16. Jacobson, BR (Holding), 17:12. 

SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 2, Arkansas-Bermingham 14 (power play) 
(Pagnutti; Smith) 4:57. 3, Baton Rouge-Paquet 7 (power play) 
(Guenther) 7:24. Penalties: Tucker, BR (Tripping), 4:33. Stork, ARK 
(Holding), 5:49. Pagnutti, ARK (Delay of game), 12:17. Paquet, BR 
(Too many men), 13:28. Whitten, ARK (Roughing), 19:59. Paquet, BR 
(Roughing), 19:59. 

THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 4, Arkansas-Bermingham 15 (unassisted) 1:52. 5, 
Arkansas-Cirillo 8 (Stock) 4:39. 6, Baton Rouge-Jacobson 2 
(Richardson; Guenther) 4:58. Penalties: Stock, ARK (High sticking), 
7:38. Coole, ARK (Roughing), 19:36. Norrie, BR (Roughing), 19:36. 

OVERTIME -- Scoring: None. Penalties: Whitten, ARK (Roughing), 2:23. 
Jacobson, BR (Unsportsmanlike Cond), 2:23. Long, ARK (Roughing), 

Baton Rouge               10  4 15  3--32 
Arkansas                  12 10 11  3--36 

Power Play Conversions: Baton Rouge - 1 of 6, Arkansas - 1 of 3.
Goalies: Baton Rouge-Leitza (36 shots, 33 saves; record: 3-3-2). 
Arkansas-Saal (32 shots, 29 saves; record: 12-9-4). 
A: 3261.  Referee: . Linesmen: Sotak; Wing.