COLUMBUS RIVER DRAGONS at BATON ROUGE ZYDECO
Zydeco Lose Inaugural Game, 6-3
by Lily Gayle
Baton Rouge, LA - The Baton Rouge Zydeco lost 6-3 against the River City Dragons in the inaugural game in the Raising Canes River Center in the first of a three game series.
In the first period, the River Dragons took hold of control quickly on defense and offense, scoring two goals on the Zydeco. Baton Rouge had intensity but lack of communication were rocky as they only had three shots and no goals while the Dragons had 21 shots on goal, averaging a shot per minute.
The second period proved to be a turning point for Baton Rouge Zydeco as they fell into a good rhythm, going 2-for-5, upping their shooting percentage to 33 percent compared the River City’s 11 percent. Within the first three minutes and 54 seconds of the second period, Scott Shorock was able to get past the goalie and score the first goal in Baton Rouge Zydeco’s history. Marquis Grant-Mentis scored the second goal with an assist from Shorrock 5:27 into the second period. Zydeco had five shots on goal with two goals while Columbus had 20 shots on goal and two goals.
The third period started off with a lightning quick goal within the first 37 seconds of the period, scored by Cody Wickline, bringing up the score 5-2. It wasfollowed by another goal by Wickline, growing the lead 6-2. With less than two minutes left in the game, a third and final goal was scored for the Zydeco by Cody Rodgers with assists by Liam Little and Colby Audette).
The next game of the series will be held in the Raising Canes River Center at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 27th.
WICKLINE HAT TRICK, FIVE POINT NIGHT PACES RIVER DRAGONS TO OPENING WIN
by Tom Callahan
Baton Rouge, LA - Cody Wickline recorded a hat trick and added two assists while linemate Justin MacDonald put up five assists as the Columbus River Dragons topped the Baton Rouge Zydeco 6-3 to open the Federal Prospects Hockey League season.
Rookie Sequoia Swan scored his first pro goal at 6:11 to start the offense in motion for Columbus, and they would pour it on all night long. The line of Wickline (3-2-5), MacDonald (0-5-5) and Alexander Jmaeff (1-2-3) combined for 13 points on the night and never let the Zydeco get fully in the game.
Defensively the River Dragons played well, allowing just three shots on goal in the first period, five in the second and 10 in the third. Last year’s FPHL co-Goaltender of the Year Breandan Colgan (15 saves, W) was only called on occasionally to help secure the win.
Columbus finished the night 1-for-2 on the power play while the River Dragons PK went a perfect 3-for-3 on the evening.
The same two teams go right back at it tomorrow night at 8:30 pm ET, with the AirForce Heating and Air pregame show kicking off one half-hour before puck drop on 106.9 Really Rocks and the team’s YouTube channel @ColumbusRiverDragons.