Deschamps, Sea Wolves Work To Avoid Penalties

By Mike Woten
The Sun Herald

BILOXI, Miss. – Sea Wolves defenseman Matt Deschamps is bringing in the big guns to turn around the Sea Wolves fortune.

Deschamps smiles as he talks about his father Bob, who will arrive on the Coast today and hopes to bring with him some good luck for the Sea Wolves from the Deschamps hometown of Poughkeepsie, N.Y.

“My father has never been to the Mississippi Coast,” Deschamps said. “I am looking forward to his visit and playing some good hockey.”

Deschamps and his wife, Kelly, had never been on the Coast prior to reporting for training camp with the Sea Wolves are both very happy and have fallen in love with the area.

Deschamps 27, played four years of college hockey for the University of Maine and enters his fourth year as a pro.

“The people here are so friendly and polite,” Deschamps said. “The Gulf Coast is a beautiful place and we are very happy to get the chance to play hockey here and live in such a beautiful place.”

The Sea Wolves (1-10-0-1) have struggled, but the veteran is confident that things will right themselves as the team starts to gel.

“It’s not that we haven’t played well,” Deschamps explained. “It’s that we haven’t played well in all aspects of the game with consistency.”

The Sea Wolves have kept the penalty box seat warm, allowing opponents to take advantage.

“We as a team have to start playing with our feet instead of our sticks,” Deschamps said. “We have hurt ourselves with mistakes that have taken away from any offensive momentum.”

Mississippi came out early against Elmira on Tuesday, flooding the Jackal zone with aggressive checking and reeling off eight shots on goal before Elmira could get one.

“We had some momentum early and then we got ourselves in trouble with penalties,” Deschamps said. “Sometimes when you are trying to make something happen, you try too hard and grip the stick and try to force things.”

Deschamps feels they are beginning to mesh with each other as a team.

“Hockey is a game that has to be played as a unit,” Deschamps said. “It takes time to learn to play together and anticipate a style of play. We are getting there.”

Deschamps and his mates hope to make up some ground Friday and Saturday night when they tangle with Pensacola at the Mississippi Coast Coliseum.

“We want to have a good weekend and make up some points,” Deschamps said. “The series with Pensacola should be very competitive and would like to see us get on a roll.”