by Nick Roesch
Biloxi, MS – The (2-0-1) Mississippi Sea Wolves made their grand return to Biloxi in style on Friday night by blanking the (2-1-0) Columbus River Dragons 3-0 at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.
“It feels great to take three points against a good team like Columbus,” Sea Wolves captain Justin Barr said. “The team had a tough week with no ice, but we battled through. We’ll need to be better tomorrow but it’s a good start to the weekend. Ethan Taylor stood on his head for us tonight without a doubt.”
The rivals took each other to a stalemate in the first period with a scoreless tie after twenty minutes. Columbus held a 13-9 edge in shots on goal.
After a defensive opening period, the second was controlled by the Sea Wolves. Yaroslav Yevdokimov put a puck between the skates of River Dragons goalie Bailey MacBurnie for the 1-0 lead at 8:12 of the stanza.
Shortly afterwards at the 9:44 mark, Mississippi native Marvin Powell tucked a shot under the crossbar on a pass from Chris Hunt. Chris Leveille (17:23) went on to record his first goal and eighth point of the season with help from Yevdokimov.
Taylor turned away the remaining Columbus chances in the third period to complete his 39-save shutout. The Sea Wolves and River Dragons will round out the two-game series tomorrow night on Saturday, October 29. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.