Mississippi Registers Six-Point Week

Mississippi Sea Wolves

February 28, 2005 - ECHL (ECHL) - Mississippi Sea Wolves

News Release

BILOXI, Miss. – Mississippi had all four games of its games last week end by one-goal, with the Sea Wolves taking three-of-four to post a 3-1-0 record.

On Tuesday, Mississippi edged Columbia 6-5 in the shootout at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and then slipped past Louisiana 4-3 on Friday at the Cajundome. The Ice Pilots handed the Sea Wolves a 4-3 loss at Pensacola on Saturday before Mississippi wrapped up the week with a 2-1 Sunday victory at Texas.

Through 51-of-72 games, the Sea Wolves have compiled a 27-20-4 overall record for 58 points.

Mississippi is in fourth place in the ECHL South Division and ranks in the eighth and final playoff spot in the 12-team American Conference.

The Sea Wolves are 14-10-1 at home, 13-10-3 on the road, 3-2 in overtime games and 5-2 in shootouts.


LAST WEEK’S RESULTS – 4 gp, 3-1-0 = 6 pts

Tuesday, February 22 vs. Columbia Inferno – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Sea Wolves 6, Inferno 5 – Shootout Win
* Mississippi’s Jay Legault netted three goals in the third period, over a span of 3:04 to send the game to extra time.
* Sea Wolves’ Austin Miller ended the game by scoring in the seventh round of the shootout.
* NHL Player Bates Battaglia made his Mississippi debut scoring a power-play goal.
* Sea Wolves’ Anthony Battaglia, who is Bates Battaglia brother, also scored a goal in the victory.
* Columbia goal scorers were Eric Boulton with a pair, Eric Eaton, Ryan Campbell and John Longo.
* Mississippi goaltender Phil Sauve made 22 saves in the win.
* Inferno netminder Mike Minard turned away 31 shots.


Friday, February 25 at Louisiana IceGators – Cajundome, Lafayette, Louisiana
Sea Wolves 4, IceGators 3 – Win
* Mississippi had four different goal scorers, Louis Dumont, Anthony Battaglia, Austin Miller and Darryl Campbell.
* Louisiana collected two markers from Wes Mason and a single goal off the stick of Chris Thompson.
* Sea Wolves goaltender Phil Sauve turned away 30-of-33 shots to pick up the victory.
* IceGators netminder Nathan Marsters made 26 saves in the loss.


Saturday, February 26 at Pensacola Ice Pilots – Pensacola Civic Center, Pensacola, Florida
Ice Pilots 4, Sea Wolves 3 – Loss
* Pensacola’s Chris St. Jacques tallied twice, while Jason Beckett and Scott May also scored in the Ice Pilots win.
* Mississippi goal scorers were Darryl Campbell, Louis Dumont and Anthony Battaglia.
* Sea Wolves goaltender Randy Petruk stopped 40-of-44 shots in his Mississippi debut only to suffer the setback.
* Ice Pilots goalie Todd Ford collected the victory by surrendering three goals on 30 shots.


Sunday, February 27 at Texas Wildcatters – Ford Arena, Beaumont, Texas
Sea Wolves 2, Wildcatters 1 – Win
* Mississippi had two goals in the second period from Nicolas Corbeil and Anthony Battaglia.
* The lone tally for Texas was scored by Andrew Ianiero.
* Sea Wolves goaltender Phil Sauve made 36 saves to register the win.
* Wildcatters netminder Phil Osaer stopped 36-of-38 only to take the loss.


GAMES, PROMOTIONS AND BROADCASTS THIS WEEK –

Mississippi hosts Florida on Tuesday, Gwinnett on Friday, travels to Pensacola on Saturday before hosting Pensacola on Sunday.



Tuesday, March 1 vs. Florida Everblades – 7:05 p.m. CT – Mississippi Coast Coliseum

* Watch the live web telecast for $6 online at msseawolves.com, courtesy of B2 Networks.
* Listen live on WGCM-AM 1240 or online at msseawolves.com.

Friday, March 4 vs. Gwinnett Gladiators – 7:35 p.m. CT – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
* Military 2-for-1, sponsored by Keesler Federal Credit Union, offers all military personnel, active or retired, two tickets for the price of one by showing military identification at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum box office.
* Shoe Carnival puck giveaway to first 1,000 fans.


Saturday, March 5 at Pensacola Ice Pilots – 7:05 p.m. CT – Pensacola Civic Center, Pensacola, Florida
* Watch live web telecast for $6 online at msseawolves.com, courtesy of B2 Networks.
* Listen live on WGCM-AM 1240 or online at msseawolves.com.

Sunday, March 6 vs. Pensacola Ice Pilots – 4:05 p.m. CT – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
* Third Annual Face-Off Against Kids’ Cancer event.
* Postgame Face-Off Against Kids’ Cancer jersey auction and party at Beau Rivage, Magnolia Ballroom.
* Kids Day, $5 ticket for each child 12 years of age and under.
* Watch live web telecast for $6 online at msseawolves.com, courtesy of B2 Networks.
* Listen live on WGCM-AM 1240 or online at msseawolves.com.


GAME PREVIEWS –

Tuesday, March 1 vs. Florida Everblades – 7:05 p.m. CT – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
* Third of five head-to-head contests this season and first of two at the Wolves Den.
* Mississippi is 0-1-1 against Florida this season after suffering a 4-3 shootout setback on February 8 at Germain Arena in Estero, Florida.
* Mississippi dropped two preseason games at Florida, falling 5-4 on October 15 and 2-0 on October 16.
* Sea Wolves’ Travis Lisabeth has collected two assists to lead Mississippi and is tied for the team lead with two points in the season series along with Jay Legault (1g-1a), Louis Dumont (1g-1a) and Nicolas Corbeil (1g-1a).
* Florida’s Damian Surma has four goals and five points to lead the Everblades versus the Sea Wolves.
* Everblades defenseman Matt Pagnutti has three assists to lead Florida in that department against Mississippi.
* Sea Wolves right wing Jay Legault, left wing Anthony Battaglia and goaltender Randy Petruk go up against their former team.
* Jay Legault played with Florida last year helping the Everblades to the 2004 Kelly Cup Finals. In 35 regular season games, Legault registered eight goals and 32 points. During the postseason, Legault scored two goals, which were both game-winners in overtime, plus he added three assists in 16 playoff games.
* Anthony Battaglia suited up with Florida in 2002-03, tallying six goals and 13 points in 48 games.
* Randy Petruk played in parts of five seasons with the Everblades from 1998-2003 highlighted by appearing in a career-high 51 games during 2001-02, compiling a 27-18-5 record, posting a career-best five shutouts, plus a 2.72 goals-against average and save percentage of .912.
* In 2003-04, the Sea Wolves were 2-3-0 against the Everblades, including 1-1-0 at Mississippi.
* Driving distance between Biloxi, Mississippi and Estero, Florida – 718 miles. Approximate driving time – 11 hours, 20 minutes.
* Mississippi is 5-12-2 all-time against the Everblades and 2-5-0 all-time at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.


Friday, March 4 vs. Gwinnett Gladiators – 7:35 p.m. CT – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
* Fifth of seven games in the season series and third and final regular season meeting at Mississippi.
* Mississippi is 3-1-1 against Gwinnett in 2004-05 after blanking the Gladiators 5-0 on January 15 at Gwinnett. Sea Wolves goaltender Matt Underhill made 29 saves to collect the shutout.
* The Sea Wolves are 2-0-0 against the Gladiators at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum after winning the last meeting between the teams at the Wolves Den 4-1 on November 6.
* Mississippi’s Travis Lisabeth, Mike Jarmuth and Jeff Hutchins each have three goals versus Gwinnett.
* Sea Wolves’ Louis Dumont has registered five assists against the Gladiators and is tied for the team lead with six points (1g-5a) along with Nicolas Corbeil (2g-4a), Anthony Battaglia (2g-4a) and Travis Lisabeth (3g-3a).
* Gwinnett’s Brad Schell leads the team with five assists and six points against Mississippi.
* Gladiators’ Mike Vigilante has four goals in five games versus the Sea Wolves.
* Driving distance between Biloxi, Mississippi and Duluth, Georgia – 416 miles. Approximate driving time – Seven hours.
* Mississippi is 4-2-1 all-time in the regular season against Gwinnett and 3-0-0 all-time at the Wolves Den.




Saturday, March 5 at Pensacola Ice Pilots – 7:05 p.m. CT – Pensacola Civic Center, Pensacola, Florida
* Seventh game of 12 in the season series and fourth of six contests at the Pensacola Civic Center.
* Mississippi is 1-5-0 against Pensacola in 2004-05 and 1-2-0 at the building affectionately called “The Hangar.”
* Ice Pilots took the last head-to-head contest 4-3 on February 26 at the Pensacola Civic Center.
* Jeff Hutchins, who is on call up to Grand Rapids (AHL) leads Mississippi with three assists and five points against Pensacola this season.
* Hutchins is also tied for the team lead by scoring two goals versus the Ice Pilots in 2004-05along with Anthony Battaglia and Louis Dumont.
* Ice Pilots’ Tyler Beechey (4g-3a) and Jordan Krestanovich (2g-5a) and Aaron Phillips (0g, 7a) are tied for tops with seven points each against Mississippi this season.
* Pensacola’s Tyler Beechey and Chris St. Jacques have each registered four goals to lead Pensacola against Mississippi in that department.
* Driving distance between Biloxi, Mississippi and Pensacola, Florida – 124 miles. Approximate driving time – Two hours.
* Mississippi is 47-24-5 all-time in the regular season against Pensacola and 21-14-2 at the Pensacola Civic Center.


Sunday, March 6 vs. Pensacola Ice Pilots – 4:05 p.m. CT – Mississippi Coast Coliseum
* Second game of a home-and-home series and fourth of six at the Wolves Den.
* Mississippi is 26-10-3 all-time in the regular season at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.


STREAKING SEA WOLVES –
* Mississippi has won three consecutive home games since February 11.
* Center Louis Dumont has 11 points (3g-8a) in his last seven games.
* Left wing Anthony Battaglia has scored in four consecutive games (4g) and has seven points over that span (4g-3a), plus goals in four straight home games (4g).
* Left wing Bates Battaglia, who signed as a free agent on February 21, has points in four consecutive games (1g-4a).
* Goaltender Phil Sauve has been victorious in his last three starts.

MISSISSIPPI MILESTONE WATCH –
* Left wing Pat O’Leary is three points from 100 in his professional career.
(177 gp, 45g, 52a, 97 pts, 217 PIM)
* Defenseman Kerry Ellis-Toddington is two games from 200 in his professional career.
(198 gp, 24g, 70a, 94 pts, 105 PIM)
* Right wing Travis Lisabeth is two games from 250 in a Mississippi uniform.
(248 gp, 70g, 85a, 155 pts, 434 PIM)

SEA WOLVES INJURED RESERVE –
* Center Stephen Greeley was placed on the 7-day injured reserve on February 22.

MISSISSIPPI CALL UPS –
* Right wing Lee Jacobson was loaned to the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks (AHL) on December 28.
* Left wing Jeff Hutchins was loaned to the Grand Rapids Griffins (AHL) on January 29.
* Goaltender Matt Underhill was loaned to the Providence Bruins (AHL) on February 21.



PLAYER OF THE WEEK – Left wing Anthony Battaglia scored one goal in each of the Sea Wolves four games last week. The 6-foot and 195-pound Battaglia also added three assists and had a plus/minus of +5 to help Mississippi to three wins in four games. A native of Chicago, Battaglia has a team-leading 22 goals, three shorthand tallies and is tied for the team-lead with five power-play goals. Battaglia has also accumulated 23 assists, 45 points and a plus/minus of +10 in 50 games. On February 21, Anthony Battaglia had his older brother Bates Battaglia, who played the last seven seasons in the National Hockey League, sign as a free agent with Mississippi.

GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK – Phil Sauve backstopped Mississippi to each of its three victories last week. Sauve, who turned 25 on Sunday, defeated Columbia in the shootout 6-5 on Tuesday, outlasted Louisiana 4-3 on Friday and was between the pipes for the Sea Wolves 2-1 win at Texas on Sunday. The 6-foot and 195-pound Sauve has compiled a 6-2-1 record this season with Mississippi with a 3.35 goals-against average and .905 save percentage. Hailing from Montreal, Quebec, Sauve, who was born in Buffalo, New York is in his fifth professional hockey season.

TRANSACTIONS FROM LAST WEEK –
2/21 Add, Jay Legault, RW, Reassigned by Grand Rapids (AHL)
2/21 Add, Bates Battaglia, LW, Signed as a free agent
2/21 Delete, Matt Underhill, G, Loaned to Providence (AHL)
2/21 Add, Chuck Thuss, G, Added as an emergency back-up
2/22 Delete, Stephen Greeley, C, Placed on the 7-day injured reserve
2/23 Delete, Chuck Thuss, G, Released as emergency back-up

TEAM LEADERS –
Goals – Anthony Battaglia, 22
Assists – Louis Dumont, 36
Points – Louis Dumont, 52
Plus/Minus – Jeff Hutchins, +16
Penalty Minutes – Chris Cava, 152
Power-Play Goals – Anthony Battaglia, Louis Dumont and Jeff Hutchins, 6
Shorthand Goals – Anthony Battaglia, 3
Game-Winning Goals – Louis Dumont, 5
Goaltender Wins – Matt Underhill, 13
Goals-Against Average – Matt Underhill, 2.65
Save Percentage – Matt Underhill, .923

SPECIAL TEAMS (ECHL Rank) –
Power Play – 38-for-236, 16.1% (17)
Penalty Killing – 199-of-243, 81.9% (21)
Shorthand Goals For – 6 (T15)
Shorthand Goals Allowed – 3 (T1)

PRACTICES THIS WEEK –
Monday – 10-11:30 a.m., Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Tuesday – 10-10:30 a.m., morning skate, Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Wednesday – 10-11:30 a.m., Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Thursday – 10-11:30 a.m., Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Friday – 10-10:30 a.m., morning skate, Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Saturday – 10-10:30 a.m., morning skate, Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Sunday – To be determined
* All practices are open to the public. Dates and times are subject to change.



IN THE COMMUNITY –

Sunday, March 6, 7-9 p.m.
* Entire team will be present at the Postgame Face-Off Against Kids’ Cancer jersey auction and party at Beau Rivage, Magnolia Ballroom.



LISTEN AND WATCH BROADCASTS – Join Mike Kelly, “Voice of the Sea Wolves” for live play-by-play action of all home and away games on flagship radio station WGCM-AM 1240. Listen on the internet, courtesy of Teamline, at msseawolves.com.

Watch games live on the web telecast for $6 each at msseawolves.com, courtesy of B2 Networks.

Bring your radio and headphones to the home games and tune into the play-by-play broadcast on 88.5 FM inside the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

The pregame show gets underway 15 minutes before the start of each game.



TICKET INFORMATION – Flex packs, discounted group tickets, birthday packages and fundraiser opportunities are available by calling (228) 275-WOLF.

Individual game tickets start at $9 for children and $11 for adults. Tickets are on sale at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum box office, all Ticketmaster locations, by telephone at (228) 385-2600 and online at ticketmaster.com.


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