Mississippi Sea Wolves
Sea Wolves winning streak ends as the Stingrays of South Carolina score three unanswered goals in the 3rd period. Radek Smolenak notches a marker while firing a team-high 7 shots, Brandon Elliott went toe-to-toe with Grant McNeill, and Ryan Munce stopped 50 shots while getting tough defending his crease in a penalty-filled third penalty.
Hot on the heels of the Sea Wolves first win streak of the season, coinciding with the assignment of Ryan Munce and the return of Stan Lascek from pre-season injury, perhaps it's time to review the Lightning ECHL stats thus far:
F Radek Smolenak: 15gp; 5-7-12; -2; 10 PIM; 2 PPG
F Stanislav Lascek: 2gp; 2-3-5; +3; 2 PIM
F Marek Kvapil: 6gp; 1-3-4; -1; 7 PIM
D Jay Rosehill: 2gp; 0-0-0; Even; 6 PIM
F Zbynek Hrdel: 5gp; 0-0-0; -2; 0 PIM
F Brandon Elliott: 11gp; 0-0-0; -2; 32 PIM
G Ryan Munce: 2gp; 125 mins; 2-0-0-0; 2.88 GAA; 0.934 SV%
Taking Munce's spot on Norfolk's roster will be goaltender Karl Goehring, who has been signed to a PTO contract. Goehring, 29, was 0-1-0 in 2 games this season for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with a 2.11 GAA and .909 save percentage. The 5'8" 160 lbs goaltender spent last season with Milwaukee of the AHL where he compiled a 22-15-4 record with a 2.69 GAA and .908 save percentage. Goehring, born in Apple Valley, MN, played his college hockey with North Dakota.
The Admirals also released forward Mark Rooneem from his PTO contract.
Twelve hours till game time here in Biloxi. Hope the boys decide to show up for the game tonight. Just to let you all know, I'm no hockey expert, never played the game. I only really got interested in hockey during the Sea Wolves Kelly Cup season. But I quickly got hooked on the game and I'm an avid Sea Wolves fan now.
The first two weeks down here have not been enjoyable on the hockey front. But considering what we've dealt with the last two years, even bad hockey is better than no hockey!
Some random observations...
Morgan Cey: I like him in goal. He tends to flop around in a sort of Dominic Hasek style occasionally without the Hasek flopping skills. He seems to have good vision for the shots coming his way most of the time and makes some pretty damned spectacular saves.