A late season slump provided a huge hump for the Mississippi Sea Wolves, one they couldn't overcome dropping Mississippi to the depths of despair, the depths of the Southern Conference standings. Out of 15 teams, the Sea Wolves rest in 12th place with 2 regular season games remaining.
If you put the 2000-2001 season into perspective, Coach Al Pedersen's club had all the tools to chisel out a playoff berth on the ice,quick striking wingers with rocket launching slaps shots, defenders who set a Sea Wolves franchise penalty killing record stopping 66 straight power play chances and two goalies, a veteran in Chuck Thuss and a rookie in Steve Briere who stood tall in the net.
An inability to play consistent 5 on 5 hockey proved to be one of the Sea Wolves frailties helping facilitate a late season slump netting only 7 points in the last 14 games. Coach Al Pedersen says,"The playoffs basically started early this year and this league was probably tighter than its ever been within the Southern Conference. As soon as the All-Star break was over it was almost like playoffs and we didn't respond."
Sea Wolves General Manager John Gagnon promised changes, big changes saying, "You can't win the Kelly Cup every year and we're thinking about rebuilding for next year and they'll be major rebuilding for next season and I can promise that next year will be a lot better than this year." Is Gagnon looking for wholesale changes? Gagnon says."Yes, very much."
No one could have predicted the late season slump that cost the Sea Wolves dearly. It's now up to Coach Pedersen and General Manager John Gagnon to evaluate the players, to pinpoint exactly what went wrong.
The Sea Wolves close out the 2000-2001 season March 30th and 31th in the Mississippi Coast Coliseum hosting Arkansas and Pensacola. A big night is planned for Friday when the Millionith fan will be recognized, a lucky person who will win a number of prizes.