BATON ROUGE ZYDECO at MISSISSIPPI SEA WOLVES
KOCH, LIARAKOS STAR IN SEA WOLVES 7-3 WIN OVER BATON ROUGE
Sea Wolves break four-game skid, Koch tallies four points, Liarakos tallies three
by Javik Blake
Biloxi, MS - Entering Saturday, the Mississippi Sea Wolves (7-1-1-10) had scored the third-most goals in the FPHL and exploded on offense for a 7-3 win over the Baton Rouge Zydeco (4-1-1-13) at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum. The win ended the Sea Wolves’ four-game losing streak in the first of eight matchups between the teams over the next month.
The Sea Wolves opened the scoring on a goal from Kyle Russell off an assist from Ethan Busch-Anderson less than five minutes in on the power play. Joakim Nilsson then extended the lead to two with 37 seconds remaining in the period.
In the second, Yianni Liarakos netted the Sea Wolves’ third goal of the night 14 seconds into the period and Hugo Koch made it a four-goal advantage two minutes later. Koch netted his first of the night a minute later, making it 5-0. Don Carter, Jr. put the Zydeco on the board later in the period off an assist from Tyler Larwood.
Ten seconds into the third, Liarakos netted a short-handed goal from his own defensive zone for his league-leading 18th goal of the year. Adamo Asselin made it 6-2 Mississippi two minutes later off Larwood’s second assist of the night. Koch later tallied his fourth point of the night off a rebound for his 13th goal of the year. Noah Robinson tallied Baton Rouge’s third of the night on the power play after the midpoint of the period, making it 7-3.
The Sea Wolves penalty kill starred, going 10-11 and going 2-6 on the power play.
After the Christmas holiday, the Sea Wolves will continue their homestand against the Zydeco on Tuesday, December 26 at 7:05 p.m.
ZYDECO LOSE SECOND STRAIGHT GAME, FALL 7-3
by Joseph Furtado
Biloxi, MS - The Baton Rouge Zydeco headed East to Biloxi, Mississippi to take on the Sea Wolves, kicking off their 19-game road trip. After beating the Sea Wolves 7-6 on Thursday night, the Zydeco were looking to pick up another win and keep pace in the continental division.
However, things didn’t go as planned for the Zydeco, dropping the game 7-3. In the first period, the Sea Wolves recorded goals from Kyle Russel and Joakim Nillson to take a 2-0 lead heading into the second period.
Things wouldn’t get any easier for the Zydeco to begin the second period, giving up a goal to Yianni Liarakos just 14 seconds in to make in 3-0. The Sea Wolves wouldn’t stop there, adding two more goals in the period. Don Carter Jr. would record the only goal for the Zydeco in the second period, making it 5-1 heading into the final 20 minutes of hockey.
In the third period, Liarakos would record a shorthanded goal just 10 seconds into the third. The Sea Wolves would go on to close the game out 7-3, with Adamo Asselin and Noah Robinson netting the last two for the Zydeco.
With their second straight loss, the Zydeco now fall to 4-13-1-1-0 on the season. As for the Sea Wolves, they now improve to 7-10-1-1-0, jumping to third place in the division.
The Zydeco will play the Sea Wolves for the next six games in their schedule. Both teams will meet on December 26th in Mississippi.