by Nick Roesch
Biloxi, MS – The (2-1-1) Mississippi Sea Wolves dropped their first Saturday home game of the season after an 11-2 final score against the (3-1-0) Columbus River Dragons.
Columbus jumped out to a 4-0 run in the opening period with goals from Austin Daae, Adam Vannelli, Jake Cox and Alex Storjohann. Matt Caranci cracked the scoreboard for the Sea Wolves on a slap shot at the 16:59 marker.
Entering the second period with a 4-1 lead, the River Dragons added five consecutive strikes between Jacob Kelly, Ricards Jelenskis, Paul Fregeau and Kirk Underwood who scored twice. Mississippi’s final goal of the night came on a centering feed to Chris Hunt with 54 seconds left to cut the deficit to 9-2. Caranci earned the assist for his second point of the night. Justin Barr and Denys Honcharenko finished the evening each with one assist for the Sea Wolves.
Columbus’ Lane King and Jake Cox tallied two more goals before the River Dragons finalized their 11-2 victory. Cox led the team in scoring with two goals and an assist in his third game with Columbus. The River Dragons put Mississippi goaltenders Ethan Taylor and Thomas Proudlock to work with a total of 51 shots compared to the Sea Wolves’ 30 chances on net.
The Sea Wolves and River Dragons will meet again this Friday, November 4 for their third of four consecutive meetings. Puck drop is scheduled for 7:05pm at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.