Playoff Déjà Vu, Mississippi Meets Gwinnett
BILOXI, Miss. For the second straight ECHL postseason, the Mississippi Sea Wolves and Gwinnett Gladiators will duel in the Kelly Cup Playoffs. In 2004, Gwinnett won the opening round best-of-five series, 3 games to 2.
The Mississippi Sea Wolves wrapped up their 2004-05 regular season with seven games in nine days, compiling a record of 2-2-3 down the stretch.
Gwinnett won its last five games in the regular season and as a result the Gladiators jumped past the Sea Wolves into the fourth seed, while Mississippi settled for the fifth seed of the eight teams that qualified in the American Conference.
The best-of-five American Conference Quarterfinals get underway with Game 1 at 6:05 p.m. CT on Wednesday at the Arena at Gwinnett Center in Duluth, Georgia.
Game 2 shifts back to the Mississippi Coast Coliseum at 8:35 p.m. on Friday, which will be the only game of the series to be held in Biloxi due to a scheduling conflict.
Mississippi finished in fourth place in the ECHL South Division and tied for fifth along with the South Carolina Stingrays in the American Conference with 87 points. Mississippi received the higher seed due to the second step in the ECHL tie-breaking formula, which is points, head-to-head, where the Sea Wolves had four points in the season series compared to two for the Stingrays.
After the 72-game regular season, the Sea Wolves posted a 39-24-9 overall record for 87 points.
The Sea Wolves went 22-11-3 at home, 17-13-6 on the road, 3-4 in overtime games and 8-5 in shootouts.
Last week, Mississippi blanked Texas 3-0 on Tuesday, picked up one point in a 3-2 shootout loss at Louisiana on Thursday, earned another point on Friday in a 5-4 shootout setback against Pensacola before being shutout 1-0 at Pensacola on Saturday.
LAST WEEKS RESULTS 4 gp, 1-1-2 = 4 pts
Tuesday, April 5 vs. Texas Wildcatters Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Sea Wolves 3, Wildcatters 0 Win
* Mississippi goalie Phil Sauve turned away all 22 shots to register his second shutout of the season.
* Sea Wolves goal scorers were Bates Battaglia, Stephen Greeley and Travis Lisabeth.
* Texas netminder Phil Osaer stopped 29 for the win.
Thursday, April 7 at Louisiana IceGators Cajundome, Lafayette, Louisiana
IceGators 3, Sea Wolves 2 Shootout Loss
* Louisianas Patrik Nilson scored the deciding goal in the sixth round of the shootout.
* Mississippi had goals from Lucas Drake and Mike Jarmuth.
* IceGators netted regulation markers off the sticks of Jim Shepherd and Jade Galbraith.
* Sea Wolves goaltender Randy Petruk made 37 saves in the shootout defeat.
* Louisiana goalie Lance Mayes turned aside 36 shots to pick up the win.
Friday, April 8 vs. Pensacola Ice Pilots Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Ice Pilots 5, Sea Wolves 4 Shootout Loss
* Pensacolas 50th win of the season, becoming just the sixth team in ECHL history to achieve the milestone.
* Mississippi goal scorers were Jeff Hutchins with a pair, while Anthony Battaglia and Bates Battaglia tallied singles.
* Nick Lindberg potted two goals for Pensacola with others going to Jordan Krestanovich, Alex Materukhin and the deciding goal in the shootout from Aaron Phillips.
* Sea Wolves Phil Sauve made 30 saves in the shootout setback.
* Ice Pilots Frederic Cloutier surrended four goals on 33 shots to pick up the win.
Saturday, April 9 at Pensacola Ice Pilots Pensacola Civic Center, Pensacola, Florida
Ice Pilots 1, Sea Wolves 0 Loss
* Final regular season game of 2004-05 for both teams.
* Pensacola goalie Frederic Cloutier stopped all 38 shots to record his fifth shutout of the campaign.
* Ice Pilots Nick Lindberg scored the only goal of the game at 4:37 of the first period.
* Mississippi netminder Phil Sauve had 40 saves in the loss.
KELLY CUP PLAYOFF GAMES
The Mississippi Sea Wolves go up against the Gwinnett Gladiators in the best-of-five American Conference Quarterfinals. The Kelly Cup Playoffs schedule follows:
Game 1 Wednesday, April 13 at Gwinnett 6:05 p.m. CT Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Georgia
Game 2 Friday, April 15 at Mississippi 8:35 p.m. CT Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Game 3 Saturday, April 16 at Gwinnett 6:35 p.m. CT Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Georgia
*Game 4 Monday, April 18 at Gwinnett 6:05 p.m. CT Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Georgia
*Game 5 Tuesday, April 19 at Gwinnett 6:05 p.m. CT Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Georgia
* - If Necessary
PLAYOFF SERIES PREVIEW
Mississippi Sea Wolves vs. Gwinnett Gladiators
* This matchup marks the second consecutive season that the teams have met in the opening round of the Kelly Cup Playoffs. In 2004, Gwinnett won 3 games to 2 in the best-of-five Central Division Semifinals. The Gladiators clinched the series last year on an overtime goal in Game 5 from Kris Goodjohn, who won the 2004-05 ECHL Sportsmanship Award.
* The Sea Wolves went 5-1-1 against the Gladiators in the 2004-05 regular season series as Mississippi took all three home games and had a 2-1-1 record at Gwinnett.
* The Sea Wolves have won the last three head-to-head meetings including two shutout wins at Gwinnett. Goaltender Phil Sauve made 43 saves to blank the Gladiators 1-0 on March 18, while Matt Underhill, who is now playing with Alaska, stopped 29 shots in a 5-0 victory on January 15.
* The last game at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum finished in favor of the Sea Wolves 3-2 in the shootout on March 4.
* Mississippis Travis Lisabeth (4g-4a) and Louis Dumont (1g-7a) tied for the team lead with eight points each against Gwinnett in the season series.
* Sea Wolves goaltender Phil Sauve went 2-0-0 against the Gladiators with a 0.96 goals-against average, posting one shutout and .976 save percentage.
* Gwinnetts Brad Schell (1g-5a) led the team with six points versus Mississippi this season.
* Driving distance from Biloxi, Mississippi to Duluth, Georgia 416 miles.
* Mississippi is 6-2-1 all-time in the regular season against Gwinnett, 2-2-1 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center and 4-0-0 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.
* All-time in the postseason, Mississippi is 1-1 at the Arena at Gwinnett Center and 1-2 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.
MISSISSIPPI SEA WOLVES RECORDS SET IN 2004-05
* Most assists in one game, 5 Right wing Travis Lisabeth (1g-5a) on December 4 against Texas, which also tied the ECHL high this season.
* Most goals by a rookie defenseman, 13 Mike Jarmuth broke the record, which was held by Quinn Fair with 12 goals during the 1996-97 season.
* Most assists by a rookie defenseman, 23 Mike Jarmuth set the record surpassing Ryan Gaucher, who had 27 helpers in 1999-00.
* Most points by a rookie defenseman, 36 Mike Jarmuth got by Quinn Fair, who had 34 points in 1996-97.
* Most Sea Wolves players to appear in all 72 regular season games, 4 Center Louis Dumont, along with defensemen Kerry Ellis-Toddington, Mike Jarmuth and Austin Miller.
* Most shots by a defenseman, one season, 215 Kerry Ellis-Toddington broke the record set by Bob Woods in 1998-99.
* Most saves made in shootout, 14 Goaltender Randy Petruk, who also had the ECHL high for 2004-05, backstopped Mississippi to a 3-2 win on March 5 at Pensacola after 17 rounds of the shootout.
* Most shutouts for, one season, 5 On three previous occasions Mississippi had three shutouts for in one season. In 2004-05, netminder Matt Underhill had three shutouts, while goaltender Phil Sauve collected two.
* Most shutouts against, one season, 5 Surpassing three against in 1997-98. Frederic Cloutier with Pensacola registered two, Pensacolas Todd Ford had one, Texas netminder Phil Osaer had one and Rob Zepp of Florida had one as well.
* Most overtime losses, one season, 4 The record was two set during three previous seasons.
* Fewest power-play goals for, one season, 56 Breaking the dubious record of 57 in 1999-00.
MISSISSIPPI SEA WOLVES RECORDS TIED DURING 2004-05
* Most points in one game, 6 Right wing Travis Lisabeth tied the team record (1g-5a) and ECHL high for 2004-05 on December 4 versus Texas equaling Forbes MacPherson, who had two goals and four assists on December 28, 1997 against Mobile.
* Most assists, one period, 3 Right wing Travis Lisabeth in the third period on December 4 against Texas tied several Sea Wolves players in the past.
* Most shutouts, regular season, 3 Goaltender Matt Underhill tied Chuck Thuss, who did it twice in 1998-99 and 2000-01 and Greg Gardner in 2003-04.
* Most consecutive games played, regular season, 144 Center Louis Dumont and defenseman Kerry Ellis-Toddington equal Bob Woods team record.
STREAKING SEA WOLVES
* Mississippi is winless in three straight games (0-1-2) and four consecutive road games (0-2-2).
* Right wing Jay Legault has scored in four consecutive home games (6g).
MISSISSIPPI MILESTONE WATCH
* Rookie center Stephen Greeley is the only Sea Wolves player that has not played in a professional playoff game. The 24-year-old Greeley is scheduled to appear in his first professional playoff game in Game 1 on Wednesday at Gwinnett.
* Defenseman Milt Mastad is five playoff games from 50 in his professional career.
(45 gp, 0g, 4a, 4 pts, 86 PIM)
SEA WOLVES INJURED RESERVE
* Left wing Darryl Campbell was placed on the 7-day injured reserve on April 8.
MISSISSIPPI CALL UP
* Defenseman Mike Garrow was loaned to the Utah Grizzlies (AHL) on March 18.
PLAYER OF THE WEEK Defenseman Mike Jarmuth had a goal and three assists in four games last week highlighted by setting a new team record for goals by a rookie defenseman with 13 surpassing the 12 scored by Quinn Fair in 1996-97. Named to the ECHL All-Rookie Team on Thursday, Jarmuth scored his record-breaking goal later that day at Louisiana. The 23-year-old Jarmuth started the week by picking up an assist on Tuesday against Texas. A native of Monkton, Ontario, Jarmuth registered two assists versus Pensacola on Friday. The 6-foot and 205-pound Jarmuth finished up with 13 goals, 36 points, a plus/minus of +2 and 24 penalty minutes while appearing in all 72 regular season games with Mississippi.
GOALTENDER OF THE WEEK Phil Sauve wrapped up his season by posting a 1-1-1 record to go along with a shutout, 1.62 goals-against average and save percentage of .948 in three contests. The 25-year-old Sauve collected his second shutout of the campaign on Tuesday in a 3-0 victory over Texas. The 6-foot and 195-pound Sauve fell 5-4 in the shootout on Friday versus Pensacola and concluded the regular season on Saturday by making 40 saves in a 1-0 loss at Pensacola. A native of Montreal, Quebec, Sauve finishes the 2004-05 regular season by appearing in 21 games, accumulating a 13-4-4 record with a 2.59 goals-against average, two shutouts and .923 save percentage.
TRANSACTIONS FROM LAST WEEK
4/8 Add, Jeff Hutchins, LW, Assigned by Bridgeport (AHL)
4/8 Delete, Darryl Campbell, LW, Placed on the 7-day injured reserve
FINAL 2004-05 MISSISSIPPI TEAM LEADERS
Goals Anthony Battaglia, 27
Assists Louis Dumont, 46
Points Louis Dumont, 66
Plus/Minus Kerry Ellis-Toddington, +18
Penalty Minutes Chris Cava, 214
Power-Play Goals Anthony Battaglia and Travis Lisabeth, 9
Shorthand Goals Anthony Battaglia, 3
Game-Winning Goals Louis Dumont, 5
Goaltender Wins Phil Sauve and Matt Underhill, 13
Goals-Against Average Phil Sauve, 2.59
Save Percentage Phil Sauve and Matt Underhill, .923
FINAL 2004-05 SPECIAL TEAMS (ECHL Rank)
Power Play 56-for-347, 16.1% (T16)
Penalty Killing 291-of-348, 83.6% (T14)
Shorthand Goals For 8 (T15)
Shorthand Goals Allowed 5 (T3)
PRACTICES THIS WEEK
Monday 10-11:30 a.m., Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Tuesday 3-4:30 p.m., Arena at Gwinnett Center
Wednesday 11-11:30 a.m., morning skate, Arena at Gwinnett Center, Duluth, Georgia
Thursday To be determined
Friday 10-10:30 a.m., morning skate, Mississippi Coast Coliseum
Saturday To be determined
Sunday To be determined
* All practices are open to the public. Dates and times are subject to change.
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 Individual tickets for the 8:35 p.m. start for Fridays Game 2 of the Kelly Cup Playoffs at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum are on sale by calling (228) 385-2600. Tickets start at $12 each for children and $14 for adults per game.
Celebrate A Decade in the Den with season tickets for the Sea Wolves 10th Anniversary Season in 2005-06 by calling (228) 275-WOLF.
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