PLAYER OF THE WEEK : Louisiana center Cory Cyrenne
The 5-10 and 186-pound Cyrenne scored the game-winning goal in both of Louisiana’s wins, and finished the weekend with three goals and five points. Cyrenne scored the only goal in Friday’s 1-0 win over Kelly Cup Champion South Carolina as the IceGators improved to 9-0-1. The eighth-round selection of San Jose in the 1996 NHL draft, Cyrenne scored two power-play goals and had two assists in Louisiana’s 5-1 win against Mobile. Cyrenne leads the IceGators with seven goals, four power-play goals and 12 points, and he is tied for the team lead with three game-winning goals. On behalf of Cory Cyrenne, a case of pucks will be donated to the Louisiana area youth hockey organization by InGlasco, the official puck supplier of the ECHL.
GOALIE OF THE WEEK : Charlotte’s Scott Meyer
Meyer was 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals against average and a .944 save percentage in three starts last weekend. He made 20 saves in a 5-1 win over Trenton on Friday and then recorded his first career shutout on Saturday, making 25 saves in a 1-0 win at Reading. He closed out the weekend with 22 saves in a 7-3 win at Roanoke, helping Charlotte extend its season-high winning streak to four games. The 25-year-old Meyer is 5-4-1 with a .919 save percentage, and ranks second in the ECHL with a 1.89 goals against average, the only goalie with 10 more more starts with a goals against average of less than 2.00.
NORTHERN CONFERENCE NOTES :
Friday, November 9
Wheeling 0 @ Peoria 6
The Nailers and the Rivermen had already played two games this season, splitting a weekend series in Wheeling. With the season series tied 1-1-0, the Nailers have already matched the total number of wins they had against the Rivermen last season when the Nailers were 1-9-1 against Peoria. The one thing the Nailers were unable to do last season was win in Peoria going 0-4-1 in the five games played there. This game marked the first of five games this season for the Nailers in Peoria, but it didn’t end the Nailers losing streak in the Rivermen home arena. The Nailers fell behind in the first period 2-0 on goals 2:26 apart by Peoria. The Rivermen added three more goals in a fight filled second period to increase their lead to 5-0 through two periods. A power play goal in the third period ended the scoring and gave the Rivermen a 6-0 win. It was the first shutout of the season against the Nailers.
Saturday, November 10
Wheeling @ Cincinnati, postponed
The Nailers were to play their first game of the season against the Cincinnati Cyclones but the game had to be postponed due to a scheduling conflict with the Cyclones building. The game has been rescheduled for Thursday, December 27 in Cincinnati.
Sunday, November 11
Wheeling 5 vs. Atlantic City 3
The Nailers opened their 2001-2002 in Atlantic City against the Boardwalk Bullies and lost 3-2. This game was the first meeting of the season for these teams in Wheeling and the Nailers needed a win to end a two-game losing streak. Atlantic City scored two first period power play goals to take a 2-0 lead. The Nailers cut the deficit in half on a Brendan Walsh goal at 19:10 of the opening period with Bogdan Rudenko and Mark Major assisting. In the second period the Nailers tied the game 2-2 on Chris Wells’ first goal of the season from Dylan Gyori and Mike Hurley. The tie lasted for only 1:48 before the Boardwalk Bullies scored their third power play goal of the night to retake the lead at 3-2. The score remained 3-2 until Wells scored his second goal of the game at 17:05 of the third period with Dan Kopec and Rudenko assisting. The Nailers took their first lead of the night :45 later when Kurt Drummond scored from the blue line with Gyori and Hurley assisting. The Nailers sealed the win with a Gyori empty net goal at 19:21 of the third period. Joel Laing played 32:28 in relief of Tyler MacKay and made 24 saves on 24 shots for the win.
ROANOKE : On Friday Bret DeCecco netted two power-play goals, including the game-winner with under five minutes remaining in regulation to give the visiting Roanoke Express a 3-2 victory against the Cincinnati Cyclones. DeCecco netted Roanoke’s second goal late in the first period before pocketing the deciding score with 4:43 to go in the contest. Rick Kowalsky collected a goal and Daniel Berthiaume made 26 saves for the Express, who have taken both meetings with Cincinnati this season. Mike Omicioli earned an assist, extending his point-scoring streak to 12 games. The Express also fell this weekend 7-3 to Charlotte. Rick Kowalsky, who produced a hat trick on Saturday for Roanoke, collected a goal and an assist to give him five goals and seven points in his last four games. Marty Hughes and Pete Gardiner both scored for the Express, who had their three-game unbeaten streak snapped. Daniel Berthiaume, who allowed five goals on 16 shots before being replaced in the second period, suffered his first loss in 10 games this season (7-1-2).
RICHMOND: Graham Mink scored in the shootout and Rastislav Stana stopped 35 shots to give the Richmond Renegades a 3-2 triumph over the Johnstown Chiefs. Mink, who had just one goal in his previous 11 games after scoring 17 in 32 games at the University of Vermont last season, gave Richmond just its second win in six games (2-3-1). Stana, who had dropped two of his last three starts, made 16 saves, including five in the overtime session, to get the win. Joe Blaznek and Jim Gardner also tallied for the victors. The Renegades then suffered a 1-0 shutout at the hands of Trenton. With the defeat, the Renegades fell to 4-2-1 in one-goal games. Curtis Cruickshank turned aside 27 shots in defeat, dropping to 2-3-1. Sunday Richmond fell to Cincinnati 5-2. Lars Pettersen and Steve Dumonski each scored for Richmond.
ATLANTIC CITY : The Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies dropped a 3-2 OT game against Toledo on Friday night. Luke Curtin tied the game at 1-1 with over five minutes left in the second and Jerry Keefe put Atlantic City ahead 6:42 into the third, but the Boardwalk Bullies lost two straight for the first time this season. Stirling finished with 32 saves in the loss. In a Saturday rematch Jamie O’Leary scored two of his three goals as part of a three-goal second period as the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies pulled away for a 5-2 victory over the visiting Toledo Storm.
O’Leary, a Needham, Massachusetts native who also had a pair of assists, broke a 1-1 tie 2:25 into the second period on a shorthanded situation and added a power-play tally with 5:46 left in the middle frame. He completed his first professional hat trick on an empty-netter with 2:08 left in regulation. Luke Curtin’s three helpers was his second game within the past week with at least three assists for Atlantic City, which improved to 4-1-2 at home. Shawn Degagne made 26 saves to pick up the win and remain unbeaten at 3-0-0. Sunday Wheeling beat the Bullies 5-3. Ian Walterson and Jerry Keefe both had a goal and an assist and Kevin Colley added a marker for Atlantic City, which defeated Wheeling, 3-2, back on October 12. Sean Degagne suffered his first loss of the season with a 23-save performance, falling to 3-1-2.
READING : On Friday Simon Tremblay and Sandy Cohen scored within 30 seconds of each other in the second period and Steve Shirreffs scored the deciding tally six minutes later as the Reading Royals edged the Dayton Bombers, 3-2. Sandy Cohen followed Sean Tremblay’s goal, who scored at 6:10 of the second, to give Reading a 2-1 lead. Shirreffs registered his first tally of the season with 8:30 remaining in the middle stanza as the Royals broke their five-game winless streak, improving to 1-4-1 over that stretch. Sean Gauthier made 27 saves and helped shut down nine power-play chances for Dayton, improving his record to 4-6-1. Saturday Charlotte shutout the Royals 1-0.
CHARLOTTE : Saturday Scott Meyer turned aside all 25 shots he faced for the shutout and Benoit Dusablon netted the game’s only goal as the visiting Charlotte Checkers blanked the Reading Royals, 1-0. Meyer made nine saves in both the first and second periods for his third straight win and his fourth in six consecutive starts. Dusablon put a Konrad McKay feed past goaltender Sean Gauthier midway through the middle stanza as Charlotte improved to 4-0-0 when leading after two periods. On Sunday Brandon Dietrich recorded his first career hat trick and finished with six points and Benoit Dusablon had two goals and an assist as the Charlotte Checkers crushed the Roanoke Express, 7-3. Dietrich, who scored late in the first period and twice over a 5:42 span of the middle session, also helped set up goals by Konrad McKay and Andrew Taylor in the first period and Dusablon early in the third. McKay supplied three assists and Scott Meyer stopped 22 shots, including 13 in the third, for the win for Charlotte, which ran its winning streak to four games.
PEORIA : On Friday Bret Meyers scored twice and Curtis Sanford turned aside all 30 shots he faced as the host Peoria Rivermen blanked the Wheeling Nailers, 6-0. Meyers scored 44 seconds into the second period for a 3-0 Peoria lead and capped the scoring on the power play with 3:15 gone in the third. Meyers now has seven goals and eight points in his last six games. Sanford made 26 saves over the final two periods for his fourth career shutout. Trevor Baker had a goal and an assist and Kory Karlander added two assists for a team-leading seven helpers as the Rivermen improved to 4-1-1 over their last six. Sunday Dayton defeated Peoria 4-1. Trevor Baker scored for Peoria, which has lost two of its last three contests. Curtis Sanford, who turned away 32 shots, suffered the loss, dropping to 3-4-1.
TOLEDO : Friday Alexandre Jacques scored in overtime as the visiting Toledo Storm rallied to defeat the Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies, 3-2. Jacques put a Magnus Nilsson feed behind goaltender Scott Stirling with 38 seconds remaining in the extra frame to give Toledo a 2-1-0 record on its current five-game road trip. Raitis Ivanans opened the scoring 7:16 into the contest and Ryan Gaucher tied the game midway through the final period for the Storm, who were outshot, 47-35. Alex Westlund, making his first start since being demoted from Milwaukee of the American Hockey League, collected a career-high 45 saves, including 32 over the first two periods, for the win. In a Saturday rematch the Bullies came away with a 5-2 victory. Kevin Kerr and Magnus Nilsson both scored for Toledo, which struggled on the power play, going 0-for-7 with the man-advantage. Alex Westlund surrendered four goals on 35 shots in a losing effort.
DAYTON : The Dayton Bombers completed a four games-in-five nights sequence of games with a 2-1-1 record. As a result, the Bombers (6-4-1) moved into a second place tie in the very competitive Northwest Division with the Johnstown Chiefs (13 points). Bombers goalkeeper Karl Goehring is starting to find his stride in his first season of ECHL/professional play. Goehring is 4-0-1 in his last five starts and is coming off a 2-0-1 week. The one-time University of North Dakota Fighting Sioux standout had a shutout streak of over two games (120:48) come to an end when the Johnstown Chiefs began their three-goal third period barrage at 8:28 on Saturday, November 11 in the Chiefs’ 4-3 shootout win.
The streak began with 12:20 remaining in the third period of the Bombers’ 5-2 win versus Richmond November 3. Goehring then blanked Atlantic City during his next start in a 3-0 win for his first professional regular season shutout Wednesday, November 7. He would shut out Johnstown for 48 minutes and 28 seconds of the Johnstown game before Vladimir Nemec scored. Bombers center Jamie Ling is riding a team season-best seven game point-scoring streak. The streak began with an assist in a 4-1 win versus Cincinnati on October 28. In the seven games, Ling has totaled three goals and seven assists. In each of the last two games the Bombers played this past week, he picked up a goal and an assist. Ling’s goals moved him five away (99) from tying Steve Roberts (104) for the all-time franchise lead in career goals.
TRENTON : Dan Murphy collected his first shutout of the season and Pat Leahy scored the deciding goal as the Trenton Titans blanked the Richmond Renegades, 1-0. Murphy faced just 12 shots overall, including seven over the final two periods, to improve to 8-2-0. Leahy tallied his sixth goal of the year 8:31 into the first from Aniket Dhadphale and Sean Molina. Trenton’s defense held Richmond to its lowest shot total of the season as the Titans collected their fourth win in their last five games.
CINCINNATI : On Friday Cincinnati dropped a 3-2 decision to Roanoke. Mike Henderson scored with 20 seconds gone in the middle stanza to tie the game at 2-2, but the Cyclones lost for the first time in five games at home. Steve Briere surrendered three goals on 25 shots to drop his first loss after a 5-0-0 start.
Sunday Glenn Crawford, Yevgeny Pavlov and Andrei Lupandin each scored on the power play to lead the Cincinnati Cyclones to a 5-2 victory over the Richmond Renegades. Crawford opened the scoring 3:17 into the first period and Pavlov gave Cincinnati a 3-1 lead on his team-leading sixth goal with 5:42 left in the second. Lupandin completed the scoring with nine seconds remaining to put the finishing touches on the Cyclones’ seventh win in 10 games this season (7-3-0). Erik Anderson supplied three assists and Steve Briere made 23 saves to improve to 6-1-0 for Cincinnati.
JOHNSTOWN : The Johnstown Chiefs (6-6-1; 13 PTS NW Div.) got three of four points last week with a shootout loss to Richmond on Friday night and a dramatic come from behind win on Saturday night against the Dayton Bombers. The Chiefs are currently tied for second place in the Northwest division with Dayton. The Chiefs will only play one game this week and it will be at home against the Toledo Storm on Friday night.
Richmond 3- JOHNSTOWN 2 (SO) Shepherd Hoal, Assist
Chiefs RW Jim Shepherd scored with 9:59 left in the third period to force overtime and eventually a shootout. The Renegades Graham Mink got the game winner in the shootout. Jim Leger scored the other Johnstown goal while Dany Sabourin made 26 saves for the Chiefs. The Chiefs out shot Richmond 37-28 in the contest.
GAME #13 JOHNSTOWN 4 – Dayton 3 (SO) Clauson Two Assists
Down 3-0 with 11:32 left in the game, Vladimir Nemec scored in his first game as a Chief that launched one of the best comebacks in recent team history. Jim Leger would add another goal just 1:30 later after he received a pass from Kevin Clauson in the slot. Jim Shepherd would tie up the game 3-3 with his second goal in as many nights with just 3:44 left in regulation. The two teams would battle in overtime which included the Chiefs killing off a Dan Carlson high-sticking penalty with 1:05 left in the extra session. Lukas Smital would get the game winner for the Chiefs in the second round of the shootout. Dany Sabourin made 21 saves for his third win of the season.
Chiefs Notes: The Chiefs are unbeaten in their last five games going 4-0-1. The Chiefs are 3-1 in shootouts this season. The Chiefs lead the ECHL with 29 major penalties. Ryan Shmyr has 10 of them. Lukas Smital is tied for 10th (Andrew Dale) on the Chiefs all-time assist list with 80.
SOUTHERN CONFERENCE NOTES :
PEE DEE :
Friday, November 9 v. Augusta Lynx 6 PRIDE 3
Pee Dee suffers its first home loss of the season in its seventh game. The Pride had a power play late in the second period with a chance to tie the game, but Augusta’s Patrick Yetman scored a shorthanded goal to give the Lynx a two-goal advantage. In the loss, Allan Sirois, Curtis Valentine and Dany Bousquet each had a goal and an assist.
Saturday, November 10 v. Columbus PRIDE 7 Cottonmouths 1
The Pride responded to the loss with their best offensive output of the season. After falling behind 1-0 six minutes into the contest, Wes Goldie tied it with his first of two goals late in the first period. Pee Dee then scored three times in both the second and third periods. Mike Torney scored his first pro goal in the contest, while Allan Sirois continued his hot streak with a goal and an assist.
PRIDE NOTES: Allan Sirois has been red hot over the past two weeks. He has a goal and an assist in each of the last four games, after going the previous two weeks without any points. He ranks second on the team with 15 points, just one point behind team leader Dany Bousquet. In his last three starts, Sandy Allan has gone 2-1-0, and allowed only four goals over that span. Over those three games, Allan has stopped 89 of 93 shots for a .957 save percentage.
Louisiana 1, Mobile 0 – The IceGators stretched their winning streak to seven games with a pair of wins over the weekend. Rookie Frederic Cloutier recorded his second straight shutout with 24 saves and Cory Cyrenne scored the game’s only goal, as Louisiana knocked off defending Kelly Cup champion South Carolina on Friday night at the Cajundome. The 20-year-old Cloutier has a franchise-record shutout streak of 153 minutes, 49 seconds. Saturday night, Cyrenne posted two goals and two assists, and Marc Magliarditi stopped 22 shots as Louisiana defeated Mobile 5-1. Magliarditi is 6-0-0 this season, while Cloutier is 4-0-1. Louisiana enters the week with 21 points and a league-best .955 points percentage. The IceGators possess a five-point lead in the Southwest Division on Pensacola, which has played three more games than they have.
The IceGators’ goaltending tandem of Marc Magliarditi and Frederic Cloutier has held opponents to a league-best 1.45 goals per game. Magliarditi is one of two goaltenders in franchise history to begin a season 6-0-0, joining Marc Delorme (9-0-0) in 1996-97. Cloutier, who has three shutouts in five professional games, leads the ECHL with a 0.39 goals against average and a .987 save percentage. Cloutier has yielded just two goals this season, both power play tallies. He currently has a franchise-record shutout streak of 153 minutes, 49 seconds. Cloutier’s three shutouts have already tied Bujar Amidovski’s franchise season-best mark from 1998-99. Magliarditi and Cloutier recently combined for a team-record shutout streak of 143 minutes, 40 seconds, bettering the previous mark by nearly 30 minutes. The IceGators snapped an 0-for-34 streak on the power play in a big way Saturday, posting three power play goals in as many chances. Louisiana moved up 11 spots in the league rankings Saturday and is now tied for 16th place (9-for-54, 16.7%) with the man advantage. Also, the IceGators haven’t yielded a power play goal in their last 29 chances.
MISSISSIPPI : The Mississippi Sea Wolves started the week with a 4-2 victory in Arkansas, before dropping a 3-1 decision at home to Baton Rouge, but finished up the week with a big 5-2 home win over defending Kelly Cup Champion South Carolina on Saturday. Steffon Walby provided the offensive power with a goal and two assists as the Sea Wolves doubled up the RiverBlades 4-2. The Sea Wolves have won both meetings by 4-2 scores and lead the seven-game season series two games to none. The next match-up between the teams is January 25th at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Mississippi kicked off a five-game home stand by dropping a 3-1 decision to the Kingfish. Sea Wolves defenseman Jay Leach scored his first pro goal in the losing cause.
The only regular season head-to-head match-up this season against the defending Kelly Cup Champions South Carolina provided Mississippi with their most inspired effort of the year. Sea Wolves captain Steffon Walby scored just 31 seconds into the contest to set the tone in the 5-2 win. Walby would finish with two goals and an assist. Forward Jeff Bes tallied three assists and rookie Tommy Bolduc scored his first professional goal to cap off a big win for the Sea Wolves. Forward Travis Lisabeth registerd his first game-winning goal. Rookie goaltender Colin Zulianello was terrific in the Sea Wolves net, turning away 37 of 39 shots to record his first win (4-4) in five starts.
SOUTH CAROLINA : The Stingrays dropped a 5-2 game to Mississippi on Saturday. Marty Clapton tied the game at 1-1 with five minutes left in the first, but South Carolina dropped its second straight after taking the previous five. Jamie Hudson surrendered five goals on 36 shots to take his first road loss.
On Sunday Dave Seitz scored a pair of goals as the South Carolina Stingrays defeated the Pensacola Ice Pilots, 4-3. Seitz gave South Carolina a 3-2 lead with a power-play marker early in the second period and doubled that advantage 4:20 into the third. Jared Bednar had a goal and an assist for the Stingrays, who have won six of their last eight contests. Jody Lehman stopped 36 shots to pick up the win and improve to 6-3-2.
GREENVILLE : Saturday the Grrowl lost a 3-2 shootout to Florida. Roger Trudeau and Damon Whitten led Greenville with a goal and an assist apiece, but the Grrrowl failed to win their fourth consecutive game. Garner made 27 saves over the first two periods and finished with 35 stops in the loss. On Sunday the Grrowl fell in overtime 6-5 to Augusta. Sean Venedam and Roger Trudeau both delivered a goal and an assist for the Grrrowl, who had their four-game unbeaten streak snapped. Tyrone Garner, who stopped 37 shots, suffered the loss to fall to 6-3-3.
COLUMBIA : Saturday the Inferno’s dropped a 5-4 decision at Augusta. Ryan Bonnie knotted the game at 4-4 just 31 seconds before Tyson Holly’s deciding tally as Columbia dropped to 1-5-1 over its last seven. Martin Villeneuve surrendered five goals on 25 shots to take his third loss in five road games.
FLORIDA : For the first time this season the Florida Everblades failed to win after taking a lead into the final period. Kevin Bergin scored a short-handed goal with 2:46 remaining to lead the Grrrowl to a 3-2 victory. The Everblades held a 2-1 lead before Mark Thompson tied the game 4:25 into the third period. Thompson blasted a slapshot over the glove of Everblades goaltender Rob Zepp from just inside the blueline. Colin Pepperall and Ryan Stewart assisted on the goal. Grrrowl netminder Tyrone Garner stopped 40 shots on the night, including all 17 shots he faced in the final period. Tom Buckley drew first blood for the Everblades firing a backhand over the blocker of Tyrone Garner putting the Everblades in front 1-0. Greenville tied the game when Ryan Stewart batted in a rebound of a Sean Venedam shot. The Everblades regained the lead 11:38 into the second period on Vince Williams’ first goal of the season. Brent MacDonald won the face-off back to Williams who fired a low shot that beat Garner inside the left post.
In the Saturday rematch The Florida Everblades responded to a heartbreaking loss on Friday by defeating the Greenville Grrrowl 4-3 in a shootout. Tom Buckley scored the only goal of the shootout and Randy Petruk stopped all five Greenville shooters to win for the fifth time this season. Ed Hill opened the scoring just 18 seconds into the first period. Paul Spadafora scored less than three minutes later to put the Everblades in front 2-0. Harlan Pratt blasted a slapshot from the high slot that hit the post and Spadafora backhanded the rebound into the open net. Damon Whitten scored a power play goal to cut the Everblades lead to 2-1. The Grrrowl outshot the Everblades 16 to 15 in the first period. Greenville had 13 of their 15 shots while on the power play. In the second period Mike Cirillo scored on a wrist shot from just inside the blueline to give the Everblades a 3-1 lead. Greenville scored their second power play of the night as Roger Trudeau blasted a slapshot over the glove of Petruk with Ed Hill in the penalty box. Greenville’s Judd Stauss scored 36 seconds later to tie the game at 3-3. Florida out shot the Grrrowl 15 to 11 in the middle frame. The Everblades ECHL player of the week nomination is forward Tom Buckley The Buffalo, NY native is currently on a seven game point streak. He had 2 goals and one assist last week including the game winning goal in the Everblades 4-3 shootout victory on 11/10.
COLUMBUS : The Cottonmouths lost to Pee Dee 7-1 on Saturday. Nick Lent tallied Columbus’ lone goal on the power play 5:39 into the first. David Brumby surrendered six goals on 26 shots for the loss.
JACKSON : On Friday the Bandits dropped a 4-1 decision to Arkansas. Chris Bogas netted the lone goal for Jackson, which still holds an 11-7-0 all-time record against the RiverBlades. Mike Tamburro made 16 of 17 first-period saves and finished with 31 stops in the loss. Saturday James Patterson had a pair of assists and Ken Carroll made 19 saves as the Jackson Bandits used a three-goal opening period to upend the Baton Rouge Kingfish, 3-1. Patterson, 24, who has 155 points in 133 professional games, now has a seven-game scoring streak in which he has collected 11 points. Jonathan Aitken, Ryan Gillis and Mike Jozefowicz all scored for Jackson, which improved to 2-6-1 at home this year. Carroll, who raised his record to 3-2-0, has now stopped 143 of the 153 shots he has faced for a .935 save percentage.
MACON : Saturday Chris Madden made a season-high 51 saves and won for the first time in four starts as the Macon Whoopee defeated the New Orleans Brass, 6-4. Madden, who made 23 saves in the second period alone, helped Macon to its second straight win and a tie for first place in the Southeast Division by posting the third highest save total in the ECHL this season. Mike Green had two goals and an assist for the victors, and Nic Beaudoin, Alexander Zinevich and Travis Dillabough all had a goal and an assist for the Whoopee.
PENSACOLA : On Friday Greg Pankewicz scored the deciding shootout goal and added a pair of assists and John Tripp recorded his second career hat trick as the visiting Pensacola Ice Pilots outlasted the Mobile Mysticks, 7-6. Pankewicz, who now leads the league with 19 helpers, scored on his only shootout attempt of the season thus far. Tripp opened the scoring 2:38 into the first, netted a power-play marker 15 minutes later and added a shorthanded tally with 8:07 remaining in the second to record his second hat trick versus Mobile. He collected three goals and two assists versus the Mysticks October 28 of last year and now leads the team with 10 tallies. Michal Lanicek allowed six goals on 31 shots to pick up the win for Pensacola, which improved to 4-4-0 on the road.
Saturday Dean Tiltgen scored a goal and assisted on three others and Evgeny Konstantinov made 30 saves to power the Pensacola Ice Pilots to a 5-1 victory over the visiting Arkansas RiverBlades. Tiltgen, 27, who has tallied 105 goals over a four-year career, recorded his first four-point game of the year for Pensacola, winner of three straight and owner of a 4-1-0 mark at home. Konstantinov allowed only an early first-period tally by Arkansas’ Jason Beringham in improving to 4-4-0 in the season. Greg Pankewicz, whose shootout goal helped the Ice Pilots defeat Mobile Friday night, added two goals and an assist and now leads the league in scoring with 28 points and assists with 20. Louis Dumont chipped in a goal and two helpers and is now plus-nine over his last six contests. They finished the weekend losing 4-3 to South Carolina. Dean Tiltgen and Gaetan Royer scored within a 14-second span late in the first period for Pensacola, which had its three-game winning streak snapped. Evgeny Konstantinov stopped a personal season-high 45 shots, but suffered the loss to fall to (4-5-0).
MOBILE : Friday the Mysticks, lost a 7-6 shootout to Pensacola. Jason Elders scored twice and Brent Mills added a goal and two assists for Mobile, which scored five second-period goals to rebound from an early four-goal deficit. Greg Hewitt, who replaced Simon Lajeunesse at the beginning of the second period, suffered the loss, surrendering a pair of goals on 14 shots.
BATON ROUGE : Friday Terry Marchant scored a pair of goals, including the eventual game-winner, to lead the Baton Rouge Kingfish to a 3-1 triumph over the Mississippi Sea Wolves. Marchant, who now has five goals in his last seven games after after going scoreless in his first four, extended Baton Rouge’s unbeaten streak to four games. Brian Leitza, who had gone winless in his previous six games, made 30 saves to pick up his first win of the season. Saturday Baton Rouge dropped a 3-1 decision to Jackson. Winger Brad Federenko notched his second goal of the year for Baton Rouge, which saw a season-high, three-game win streak snapped as it fell to 2-6-2 away from home. Paxton Schafer allowed three goals on 36 shots in a losing effort.
ARKANSAS : On Friday Jamey Hicks had two goals and an assist to lead the visiting Arkansas RiverBlades past the Jackson Bandits, 4-1. Hicks set up Jason Bermingham before pocketing Arkansas’ third goal 3:25 into the second period. He later added an empyt-netter with three seconds remaining in the contest. Bermingham and Jeff Scharf each added two assists and Trevor Prior turned aside 40 of 41 shots for a 3-2-0 record with goals-against average of 1.98 in his last five starts. On Saturday the RiverBlades lost 5-1 to Pensacola. Trevor Prior allowed five goals on 42 shots in a losing effort for the RiverBlades, who fell to 2-5-0 away from home.
NEW ORLEANS : On Saturday the Brass lost to Macon 6-3. Sean Matile made 18 saves in the losing effort for New Orleans, which has dropped three straight and four of its last five games. J.F. Houle had two assists for the Brass, who fell to Macon for the second straight night.
AUGUSTA : Friday Cris Classen turned aside 25 shots and Patrick Yetman added a goal and an assist as the visiting Augusta Lynx handed the Pee Dee Pride its first home loss of the season, 6-3. Classen, 26, who posted a 14-4-1 mark in 28 appearances with San Diego of the WCHL last season, stopped all 10 shots he faced in the third period to pick up the win. Yetman collected his team-leading fifth tally of the year during a short-handed situation 15 minutes into the second period for a 5-3 Augusta lead. The Lynx, ranked last in the league in power-play efficiency at a 9.7% conversion rate, continued their struggles on the man-advantage by coming up empty on all four opportunities tonight.
Saturday Tyson Holly capped a third-period rally for the host Augusta Lynx in a 5-4 victory over the Columbia Inferno. Holly evened the score at 3-3 midway through the third and potted the deciding marker with 2:04 remaining in regulation to give Augusta a 4-1-1 home record. Jim Baxter, Wes Mason and Lance Galbraith each finished with a goal and Guy Larose tied a career-high with four assists for the Lynx. Cris Classen picked up the win despite allowing four goals on 33 shots, improving to 2-0-0 at the Richmond County Civic Center. The Lynx topped off the weekend Sunday as Scott Morrow scored 19 seconds into overtime as the Augusta Lynx edged the Greenville Grrrowl, 5-4. Morrow, who assisted on a third-period marker by Patrick Yetman, scored the game-winning, power-play marker after Greenville’s Martin Masa was called for holding late in the third. Wes Mason tied the score midway through the third period for Augusta, which has won three straight games for the first time this season. Cris Classen turned aside 24 shots to pick up the win and improve to 5-2-0.