MISSISSIPPI SEA WOLVES vs WATERTOWN WOLVES
Watertown Sweeps the Battle of the Wolves
by Jeff Barrett
Watertown, NY.- Game number two of the weekend between the visiting Mississippi Sea Wolves and the Watertown Wolves started much differently than Friday nights affair with Mississippi breaking their weekend scoring drought at just 1:44 of the opening period on a Phillip Wong goal, assisted by Mason Cirone and Yanni Liarakos to give the Sea Wolves the early lead.
At the 16:31 mark, Elijah Wilson did a little fancy footwork to split the Mississippi defense and drag the puck from right to left and lift a back hand over the blocker of Joe Sheppard knotting the game at one goal a piece. The final minutes of the period would find Sheppard and Wolves starter Travis Smith both making outstanding save to keep the game 1 -1 after 20 minutes. Watertown outshot Mississippi 14 to 10 in the frame.
Period number two would turn out to be a goaltender battle with Sheppard and Smith seeing their share of tough shots , but both were more than up to the challenge, entertaining the crowd with some spectacular saves. The Wolves broke the scoring barrier at 19:41 when Elijah Wilson lifted a shot from the left faceoff circle over the shoulder of Sheppard, to give Watertown their first lead of the game, and his second goal of the night.
Watertown outshot Mississippi 20 to 11 in the second, and would take a 2-1 lead to the locker room.
Justin Laporte would even the score at 2 each just 4:17 into the third taking a feed from the right side and beating Smith to the left pipe, assisted by Phillip Wong and Yanni Liarakos. Just over a minute later at 5:45 the Wolves would regain the lead when Trevor Lord slid home a pass from Nick Papandrea on an even strength effort. Watertown added an insurance goal at 13:46 of the period when Chase DiBari took
a pass to the right side, beating the defense and going one on one with Sheppard, and was able to send one passed Sheppard to lengthen the lead to 4-2. Assisting on the play was Kolt Maguire and Charlie Pens.
The win gives the Wolves the weekend sweep of the Sea Wolves. Watertown outshot Mississippi 42 to 35 for the game. Mississippi was 1 for 6 on power play efforts, while Watertown went 1 for 7.
The Wolves will be back home on Friday the 13th to host the Binghamton Black Bears. Mississippi wil be home next weekend for a two game set, playing host to the Danbury Hat Tricks.
Sea Wolves Doubled Up 4-2 by Watertown
by Nick Roesch
Watertown, NY - The Mississippi Sea Wolves tied the game twice on Saturday night but were eventually dropped by the Watertown Wolves 4-2 at the Watertown Municipal Arena.
After Mississippi was shut out yesterday, Philip Wong capitalized on a power play and scored the Sea Wolves’ first goal of the weekend just 1:44 into the game on a rink-wide pass from Mason Cirone.
Watertown tied the game 1-1 late in the first period on an individual effort from Elijah Wilson (16:31). He would come back to score the only goal of the second stanza, once again unassisted with 19 seconds to go.
Justin LaPorte netted his first goal in a Sea Wolves jersey at 4:17 of the third period to tie the matchup at 2-2. Yianni Liarakos was credited with assists on both Mississippi goals.
Watertown was able to buckle down offensively and finish strong with a pair of goals from Trevor Lord (5:45) and Chase DiBari (13:46).
The 4-2 final score saw Joe Sheppard in net for the Sea Wolves, who faced 45 Watertown shots in his second Sea Wolves appearance. Watertown netminder Travis Smith clinched back-toback wins between the pipes after stopping 30 of 32 shots faced.
The Sea Wolves return home this Friday, January 13 when they welcome the Danbury Hat Tricks to the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. Puck drop is set for 7:05pm and tickets can be purchased through the Coliseum box office or online at Ticketmaster.com.