April 7, 2008 - ECHL (ECHL) - Mississippi Sea Wolves
Biloxi, MS - The Mississippi Sea Wolves went 2-0-0 last week, closing out the 2007-08 regular season with a pair of wins over Pensacola 5-4 on Friday and 5-1 on Saturday.
Friday, April 4vs. Pensacola, 5-4 W
Creating some drama in the final home game of the 2007-08 regular season, the Mississippi Sea Wolves gave back a two-goal lead and fell behind 4-3 before Travis Lisabeth tied the game with his 15th goal of the season and Jason Beeman\'s third of the year gave the Sea Wolves a 5-4 win over the Pensacola Ice Pilots.
Brandon Scero staked Mississippi to a 1-0 lead when he blasted the rebound of Matt Deschamps shot past Pensacola goalie Cam Ellsworth at 4:10 of the first period. Peter Rouleau drew the Ice Pilots even when his wrister handcuffed Sea Wolves goaltender Ryan Munce and squirted past him at 7:38. Andy Contois popped Jason Beeman\'s centering pass behind Ellsworth at 16:38 to give the Sea Wolves a 2-1 lead going into the first intermission.
Mississippi kept rolling out of the locker room, with Kyle McAllister potting a power-play goal just 1:18 into the second frame to give the Sea Wolves a 3-1 lead. With the second frame winding down, Zbynek Hrdel\'s slashing minor at 19:14 sent the Ice Pilots on the power play, and it took just 19 second for Mathieu Roy to find the back of the net with a wrist shot from the high slot.
Brian Pouliot\'s second goal of the year drew the game even at three just 2:44 into the third period. Luke Erickson\'s 15th of the year gave Pensacola a 4-3 lead 6:39 into the third, but at 9:59, Travis Lisabeth got Mississippi in a 4-4 tie when he blasted a slapper from the high slot past Ellsworth. Jason Beeman sent the 7,042 Sea Wolves fans in attendance home happy when he took a pass from Pat Oliveto on the goal line, drove to the net, and swatted the puck past Ellsworth while falling to the ice at 15:15.
Mississippi was 1-for-4 on the power play, and Ryan Munce made 19 saves to earn his 19th win of the season.
Saturday, April 5 @ Pensacola, 5-1 W
Jason Beeman opened the game with his second goal in as many nights as the Sea Wolves swept the home-and-home series with Pensacola with a 5-1 win on Saturday night.
Beeman shoveled home a centering pass from Andy Contois at 2:21 of the first and the Sea Wolves never looked back. As the final 30 seconds of the first period ticked off, Zbynek Hrdel\'s blast from the top of the right wing circle found the net at 19:42 to give Mississisppi a 2-0 lead.
Andy Contois notched his 21st of the season on the power play when he tapped in the rebound of Ryan Menei\'s shot at 7:59 of the second period.
The Sea Wolves extended their lead to three when Jason Tejchma\'s backhander from an impossible angle beat Pensacola netminder Cam Ellsworth at 9:58 of the third. Mark Hurtubise\'s blast from the top of the slot on a three-on-one rush gave the Sea Wolves a 5-1 lead at 12:49 of the third.
Sea Wolves Regular Season Leaders
Goals - Jason Tejchma, 23
Assists - Jason Tejchma, 38
Points - Jason Tejchma, 61
Plus/Minus -Pat Oliveto, +11
Penalty Minutes - Chris Cava, 170
Power-Play Goals - Jason Tejchma, 7
Shorthand Goals - Mark Rooneem, 3
Game-Winning Goals - Andy Contois, Kyle McAllister, 4
Goaltender Wins - Ryan Munce, 19
Goals-Against Average - Ryan Munce, 2.82
Save Percentage - Ryan Munce, .917
Mississippi enters the Kelly Cup Playoffs as the eighth seed in the South Division, and will face the Texas Wildcatters in the best-of-five first round series. The series will begin with a pair of games at Ford Arena in Beaumont, Texas, on April 9 and 10. The Sea Wolves will return home to host game three of the series on Saturday, April 12, at 7:05. Game four, if necessary, will be Sunday, April 13 at 5:05 p.m. at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Game five will be at Ford Arena in Beaumont on April 16.
The Sea Wolves have appeared in five consecutive Kelly Cup Playoffs, dating back to 2002. Mississippi has won nine-of-fifteen playoff series that it has participated in. Overall, the Sea Wolves are 34-24 in the Kelly Cup Playoffs, including a 14-4 run to the 1999 Kelly Cup Championship.
Mississippi has never faced Texas in a playoff series. During the 2008 regular season, Mississippi was 4-8-1 against the Wildcatters. The Sea Wolves are the only team to have bested Texas twice in regulation during the 2007-08 regular season and with four wins, including overtime wins on December 20 and March 22, have defeated Texas more times than any other opponent the Wildcatters have faced in 2007-08.
The Mississippi Sea Wolves and Beef O\'Brady\'s will be hosting a playoff party on Monday, April 7 at 7:00 p.m. at the Beef O\'Brady\'s Family Sports Pub, located at 11010 Highway 49 in Gulfport.
Fans will have a chance to win door prizes and will be able to celebrate the start of the 2008 Kelly Cup Playoffs with the Sea Wolves players and staff.
Playoff Ticket Information
Tickets for the 2008 Kelly Cup Playoffs are currently on sale. Fans can purchase tickets by calling 228.275.WOLF or by stopping by the Sea Wolves office located on the lower level of the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.
Single game ticket pricing for the 2008 Kelly Cup Playoffs is the same as during the regular season, with tickets starting as low as $10. Fans who have already purchased playoff packages can pick them up at the Sea Wolves office.
On the Air
The next broadcast of Sea Wolves hockey is Wednesday when the Sea Wolves play Game One of the South Division Quarterfinals at Texas, and will be heard on 1640-AM WTNI. The pre-game show will begin at 6:35 p.m! Games can also be heard on the B2 Networks and at www.msseawolves.com.