Sea Wolves Weekly
Biloxi, MS - The Mississippi Sea Wolves were swept in a three-in-three series by the Texas Wildcatters at Ford Arena in Beaumont, Texas, this past Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Tuesday: Morning Skate, Mississippi Coast Coliseum, 10:00 a.m. CT
Sea Wolves @ Pensacola, 7:05 CST (1640-AM WTNI)
Wednesday: Practice, Mississippi Coast Coliseum, 10:00 a.m. CT
Thurday: Morning Skate, Mississippi Coast Coliseum, 10:00 a.m. CT
Sea Wolves vs. Columbia, 7:05 CST (1640-AM WTNI)
Friday: Practice, Mississippi Coast Coliseum, 10:00 a.m. CT
Saturday: Morning Skate, Mississippi Coast Coliseum, 10:00 a.m CST
Sea Wolves vs. Columbia, 7:05 CT (1640-AM WTNI)
Friday, January 25 @ Texas, 1-4 L
Ryan Menei scored a power-play goal and Ryan Munce made 28 saves, but it wasn't enough as the Texas Wildcatters topped the Mississippi Sea Wolves 4-1 at Ford Arena in Beaumont, Texas on Friday evening.
Brandon Benedict opened the scoring for Texas just 1:28 into the first period when he grabbed a loose puck and wrapped around the cage with Ryan Munce out of position, tapping the puck into the open net to give Texas a 1-0 lead.
Benedict notched his second of the game, a shorthand goal that would stand as the game-winner, when Kevin Baker sprung him on a breakaway at the far blueline on the opening faceoff of a Mississippi power play. Benedict broke in alone on Ryan Munce and beat him low along the ice to give Texas a 2-0 lead at 3:05 of the second period.
The Wildcatters made it 3-0 when Max Taylor banged home the rebound of a shot from Scott Champagne at 12:58 of the third period. The Sea Wolves would cut the 'Catters lead to two when Ryan Menei tipped Chris Cava's shot from the point past Texas goaltender Anton Khudobin with Mississippi on the power play at 16:54. Ross Carlson would add an insurance goal for Texas at the 18:43 mark of the third period.
The Sea Wolves were 1-for-6 on the power play.
Saturday, January 26 @ Texas, 2-3 L
Jason Tejchma potted a pair of goals in the second period, but it wasn't enough as the Texas Wildcatters held on for the win in the second game of a three-in-three series at Ford Arena in Beaumont, Texas on Saturday evening.
Texas opened the scoring midway through the first period when John McNabb fired the rebound of Troy Riddle's shot past Sea Wolves goalie Morgan Cey at 8:02. The Wildcatters added a second just 1:44 later when Kevin Baker tipped John Adams' turnaround wrist shot past Cey at the 9:46 mark.
The Wildcatters opened up a 3-0 lead just 48 seconds into the third period when Max Taylor redirected Tim Cook's shot past Cey. Jason Tejchma got the Sea Wolves on the board when took a cross-ice feed from Lance Monych and fired it past Texas goaltender Anton Khudobin at 8:42 of the second period. Tejchma notched his second of the game at 13:56 of the second when he banged home the rebound of Mark Rooneem's shot to draw the Sea Wolves within one.
The Sea Wolves had a late third period power play when Texas' Tim Cook was called for interference, but were unable to score on the man-advantage to tie the game at three. Texas withstood a late flurry as the Sea Wolves stormed the crease with Cey off for the extra attacker.
Mississppi was 1-for-6 on the power play, and Morgan Cey made 34 saves taking the loss.
Sunday, January 27 @ Texas, 2-6 L
The Texas Wildcatters defeated the Mississippi Sea Wolves 6-2 to take the third game between the two teams this weekend on Sunday afternoon at Ford Arena in Beaumont, Texas.
The Wildcatters got on the board when Max Taylor's point shot was deflected by Kevin Baker and trickled through Sea Wolves goaltender Ryan Munce for a power play goal at 6:47 of the first period. Texas would double up their lead when Dan Welch cut down the left side of the ice, deked Munce to the ice and deposited the puck behind him for a 2-0 lead at 7:33 of the first period.
Chris Cava got Mississippi on the board at the 2:38 mark of the second period when his shot from the top of the slot beat Texas goalie Jeff Pietrasiak through a screen to cut the lead to one. Cleve Kinley made it 3-1 for Texas with hi s fifth goal of the season as he fired Brandon Benedict's cross-ice feed past Munce at 15:22 of the second. Troy Riddle's third of the season gave Texas a 4-1 lead at 18:27 of the second when he tapped the rebound of John McNabb's shot past Munce.
Mississippi would cut the lead to two when Mark Hurtubise found the back of the net on a backdoor pass at 9:23 of the third period, but that would be as close as the Sea Wolves would get. Texas would add goals from Ross Carlson at 13:36, and Kevin Baker at 17:15 to secure the win.
Mississppi was 0-for-8 on the power play, and Ryan Munce made 28 saves taking the loss.
Sea Wolves Leaders
Goals - Lance Monych, 18 Assists - Mark Hurtubise, 22 Points - Jason Tejchma, 35 Plus/Minus - Kyle McAllister, Pat Oliveto, +6 Penalty Minutes - Chris Cava, 103 Power-Play Goals - Lance Monych, 8 Shorthand Goals - Mark Rooneem, 2 Game-Winning Goals - Kyle McAllister, 4 Goaltender Wins - Ryan Munce, 11 Goals-Against Average - Ryan Munce, 2.47 Save Percentage - Ryan Munce, .934
Sea Wolves Notebook
Ryan Menei notched an assist in the 2008 ECHL All-Star Game Presented By Chase Chevrolet, helping out on South Carolina forward Travis Morin's goal at 1:58 of the first period... The National Conference Stars defeated the American Conference Stars 10-7... Ash Goldie of Victoria was the All-Star Game MVP, scoring six points (3g, 3a)... Jason Tejchma recorded his first two-goal game of the season at Texas on Saturday... While the Sea Wolves logged 650 miles round trip to Beaumont on the bus, Ryan Menei and Sea Wolves broadcaster Leif Skodnick tacked another 3,800 miles with their trip to the All-Star Game.
On the Air
The next broadcast of Sea Wolves hockey is tomorrow when the Sea Wolves visit the Pensacola Ice Pilots, 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.
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