December 28, 2002

Bandits down Kingfish, 4-1
Baton Rouge Kingfish Press Release

Bryan Richardson tallied his third shorthanded goal of the contest and Jeff Blair made 40 saves but it was not enough as the Kingfish fell to the Bandits, 4-1.

Jackson jumped out to a 1-0 lead at the 5:10 mark of the first period as Nick Theriaultís slap shot from the right point slipped past Kingfish goaltender Jeff Blair. Brent Gauvreau and John McNabb picked up the assists on the goal.

McNabb gave Jackson a two goal lead as he took a centering pass from Jeff Bes and pulled Blair out of the Kingfish net and slipped the puck past the Kingfish goaltender at the 12:10 mark of the first period of play. Gauvreau also added an assist on the goal.

Bryan Richardson got the Kingfish on the board in the second period as he tallied his third shorthanded goal of the season to cut the Jackson lead to one. He slipped an offensive zone draw past the Bandits defenseman on the penalty kill and flipped the puck past Adam Hauser at the 3:06 mark of the middle stanza for the unassisted goal.

Jackson regained the two-goal lead as Scott Kelman took an errant Kingfish clearing pass and fired a slap shot past Blair from the right point. Kevin Mackie added an assist on the goal at the 9:25 mark of the second period.

The Bandits added an insurance goal with four and a half minutes left in the third period as Gauvreau fired a shot that slipped through Blairís legs and trickled into the net. Darryl Laplante and McNabb added the assists on the goal.

The Kingfish return home to the Fish Tank for the first time in two weeks to host the Louisiana IceGators tomorrow at 4:05 p.m. Catch the game on Baton Rougeís Best R & B 104.5, WZRB beginning with the Kingfish pregame show beginning at 3:50 p.m.


DATE - 12/28/02     Baton Rouge ( 1) AT Jackson ( 4)

Baton Rouge                0  1  0--1  
Jackson                    2  1  1--4  

FIRST PERIOD -- Scoring: 1, Jackson-Theriault 4 (Gauvreau; Bes) 5:11. 2, 
Jackson-McNabb 19 (game winner) (Bes; Gauvreau) 12:10. Penalties: 
Olson, JCK (Hooking), 9:13. 

SECOND PERIOD -- Scoring: 3, Baton Rouge-Richardson 16 (short handed) 
(unassisted) 3:08. 4, Jackson-Kelman 5 (Mackie) 9:25. Penalties: 
Demmans, BR (Fighting, Major), 1:35. Kelman, JCK (Fighting, Major), 
1:35. Demmans, BR served by Jones (Interference, Game misc.), 1:35. 
Newson, JCK (Holding), 4:03. Richardson, BR (Roughing), 5:41. 
Mackie, JCK (Roughing), 5:41. Richardson, BR (Slashing), 14:27. 

THIRD PERIOD -- Scoring: 5, Jackson-Gauvreau 5 (Laplante; McNabb) 
15:26. Penalties: Mackie, JCK (Holding), 0:12. McNabb, JCK (Slashing), 
5:30. Paquet, BR (Fighting, Major), 16:33. Stewart, JCK (Fighting, 
Major), 16:33. Kaiman, BR (Hooking), 17:01. Newson, JCK 
(Unsportsmanlike Cond), 17:01. Jacobson, BR (Unsportsmanlike Cond), 
18:53. Gauvreau, JCK (Unsportsmanlike Cond), 18:53. 

Baton Rouge                6  8  6--20 
Jackson                   19 11 14--44 

Power Play Conversions: Baton Rouge - 0 of 4, Jackson - 0 of 2.
Goalies: Baton Rouge-Blair (44 shots, 40 saves; record: 5-12-4). 
Jackson-Hauser (20 shots, 19 saves; record: 10-6-1). 
A: 2029.  Referee: Thul. Linesmen: Sotak; Jones.

Game Story

JACKSON, Mississippi (Ticker) -- John McNabb netted a goal 
and an assist to lift the Jackson Bandits past the Baton Rouge
Kingfish, 4-1. McNabb, who has nine points (6 goals, 3 assists)
in seven games against Baton Rouge, scored the deciding marker,
his team-leading 19th of the season, to supply Jackson with a
2-0 lead midway through the first period. McNabb later assisted
on a score by Brent Gauvreau, who finished with a goal and two
assists. Jeff Bes chipped in with two helpers for the Bandits,
who improved to 13-6-2. Adam Hauser made 19 saves in the win.
Bryan Richardson tallied his team-leading 16th goal of the year
for Baton Rouge, which is 0-2-2 against Jackson this season.
Jeff Blair made 40 saves in the loss, including 17 stops in the
first period.