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March 30, 2009 - ECHL (ECHL) - Mississippi Sea Wolves News Release

Biloxi, MS - The Mississippi Sea Wolves fell by the score of 5-3 in Charlotte on Friday and lost 3-1 in South Carolina on Sunday.

THIS WEEK:

Day-by-day:

Monday: Morning Skate, Time Warner Cable Arena, 10:15 p.m. CT

Sea Wolves @ Charlotte, 6:05 CT

Tuesday: Travel to Mississippi

Wednesday: Practice, Mississippi Coast Coliseum, 10:00 a.m.

Thurday: Practice, Mississippi Coast Coliseum, 10:00 a.m.

Friday: Morning Skate, Germain Arena, 10:15 p.m. CT

Sea Wolves @ Florida, 6:30 CT

Saturday: Morning Skate, Germain Arena, 10:15 p.m. CT

Sea Wolves @ Florida, 6:30 CT

Sunday: Off

Last Week:

Friday, March 27 @ Charlotte, 3-5 L

CHARLOTTE, NC - Kyle McAllister, Ryan Menei, and Mark Rooneem each had a goal, but the Charlotte Checkers were able to hold on for a 5-3 win after jumping out to a 4-0 lead, defeating the Mississippi Sea Wolves at the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte, North Carolina on Friday evening.

Rookei Matt Schepke took a feed from Ryan Murphy and shoveled it into the net to give Charlotte a 1-0 lead at 9:13 of the first period. At 11:24 of the first period, Steve Ward blasted the rebound of Schepke's shot past Sea Wolves goaltender Ryan Munce for a 2-0 Checkers lead. The Checkers made it 3-0 when Michel Leveille fired the puck over Munce's glove hand on a five-on-three power play at 16:08.

Schepke potted his second goal of the game at 14:03 of the second period, driving to the net and hammering home the rebound of a shot by Ryan Murphy and extending the Checkers lead to 4-0.

Kyle McAllister got the Sea Wolves on the board, popping in the airborne rebound of a shot by Evan Kotsopoulos at 16:18. Less than two minutes later, Mark Rooneem made an end-to-end rush, shredding the Checkers defense with magnificent stickhandling and firing a wrist shot past Charlotte goalie Jeff Jakaitis at 18:13.

Charlotte restored its' four-goal lead when Marty Guerin potted his fourth marker of the season at 12:58 of the third.

Ryan Menei later broke down the ice one-on-two, split the Checkers defensemen and tucked the puck under Jakaitis' right arm for his 12th goal of the season, but it was too little, too late, as the Checkers held on for the 5-3 victory.

Ryan Munce made 41 saves, earning a loss, and the Sea Wolves were 0-for-5 on the power play.

Game Box Score

Mississippi Sea Wolves 3 at Charlotte Checkers 5 - Status: In Progress (2:20 remaining in 3rd)

Mar 27, 2009 - Time Warner Cable Arena

Mississippi 0 2 1 - 3

Charlotte 3 1 1 - 5

1st Period-1, Charlotte, Schepke 3 (Hillier, Murphy), 9:13. 2, Charlotte, Ward 7 (Schepke, Hillier), 11:24. 3, Charlotte, Leveille 15 (Ward, Graham), 16:08 (pp). Penalties-Rooneem Mis (interference), 2:33; Frechette Mis (roughing), 6:40; Murphy Chr (roughing), 6:40; Murphy Chr (hooking), 13:52; served by Kotsopoulos Mis (bench - too many men), 15:07; Menei Mis (holding the stick), 15:17; Schepke Chr (hooking), 17:45; Cruthers Mis (unsportsmanlike conduct - disputing decision), 19:56; Zarb Mis (tripping), 19:56.

2nd Period-4, Charlotte, Schepke 4 (Murphy, Smith), 14:03. 5, Mississippi, McAllister 8 (Hall, Kotsopoulos), 16:18. 6, Mississippi, Rooneem 14 (Peto), 18:13. Penalties-Ralph Chr (slashing ), 5:42; Rooneem Mis (cross-checking), 8:30; Murphy Chr (elbowing), 11:39; Ralph Chr (holding the stick), 19:52.

3rd Period-7, Charlotte, Guerin 4 (Leveille), 12:58. 8, Mississippi, Menei 12 (Hall), 18:44. Penalties-McAllister Mis (interference on the goalkeeper), 8:53.

Shots on Goal-Mississippi 11-11-17-39. Charlotte 20-16-10-46.

Power-play opportunities-Mississippi 0 of 5; Charlotte 1 of 7.

Goalies-Mississippi, Munce 23-20-4-1 (46 shots-41 saves). Charlotte, Jakaitis 22-14-2-5 (39 shots-36 saves).

A-8,146

Referees-Joe Sullivan (34).

Linesmen-Rob Montepare (62), Kyle Mellor (90).

Sunday, March 29 @ South Carolina, 1-3 L

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC - Ryan Munce made 32 saves, but the Sea Wolves power play was 0-for-6 as Mississippi fell 3-1 to the South Carolina Stingrays at the North Charleston Coliseum on Sunday afternoon.

Maxime Lacroix gave South Carolina a 1-0 lead when he took a wrist shot from the top of the left circle off of a face-off win by Travis Morin. Sea Wolves goalie Ryan Munce got a piece of it, but not enough as it flipped in the air and landed behind the goal line at 17:47 of the first period.

Mike Berry's 14th goal of the season got the Sea Wolves on the board at 6:52 of the second period. With Berry, going to the far post, Ryan Cruthers put a centering pass on Berry's backhand that the Kanata, Ont.-native directed past South Carolina goalie James Reimer.

At 14:43, Keith Johnson's power-play goal restored the Stingray's lead, as Travis Morin sent the puck to the front of the net where Johnson was able to bury it behind Munce for his 22nd goal of the season.

South Carolina added an insurance goal in the third when Matt Scherer fired a wrist shot from the left wing that beat Munce at 15:05.

Munce made 32 saves to earn a loss, and the Sea Wolves were 0-for-6 on the power play.

Game Box Score

Mississippi Sea Wolves 1 at South Carolina Stingrays 3 - Status: Final

Mar 29, 2009 - North Charleston Coliseum

Mississippi 0 1 0 - 1

South Carolina 1 1 1 - 3

1st Period-1, South Carolina, Lacroix 33 (Morin), 17:47. Penalties-Tarkir Sc (interference), 7:19; O'Brien Sc (slashing ), 13:20.

2nd Period-2, Mississippi, Berry 14 (Cruthers, Frechette), 6:52. 3, South Carolina, Johnson 22 (Morin, Lacroix), 14:43 (pp). Penalties-served by Scherer Sc (bench - too many men), 1:04; Tejchma Mis (interference on the goalkeeper), 1:06; Nesdill Mis (tripping), 2:15; Deschamps Mis (holding), 9:19; Nesdill Mis (interference), 13:23.

3rd Period-4, South Carolina, Scherer 12 (Corey, Grimson), 15:05. Penalties-Berge Sc (high-sticking), 2:36; Messier Sc (roughing), 3:26; Berge Sc (hooking), 10:30; Berry Mis (hooking), 11:47.

Shots on Goal-Mississippi 11-9-24-44. South Carolina 12-19-4-35.

Power-play opportunities-Mississippi 0 of 6; South Carolina 1 of 5.

Goalies-Mississippi, Munce 23-21-4-1 (35 shots-32 saves). South Carolina, Reimer 14-7-2-1 (44 shots-43 saves).

A-5,024

Referees-Jason Rollins (13).

Linesmen-Paul Reid (97), Kyle Mellor (90).

Sea Wolves Leaders

Goals - Ryan Cruthers, Mathieu Melanson, 28

Assists - Ryan Cruthers, 36

Points - Ryan Cruthers, 64

Plus/Minus - Kyle Peto, +6

Penalty Minutes - Evan Kotsopoulos, 162

Power-Play Goals - Mathieu Melanson, 9

Shorthand Goals - Jason Tejchma, 3

Game-Winning Goals - Ryan Menei, 4

Goaltender Wins - Ryan Munce, 23

Goals-Against Average - John Murray, 2.87

Save Percentage - John Murray, .918

On the Air

The next broadcast of Sea Wolves hockey is tonight when the Sea Wolves visit the Charlotte Checkers at 6:05 CT, and will be heard on the B2 Networks and at www.msseawolves.com. The pre-game show presented by Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College will begin 15 minutes before the opening faceoff!

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