Zalesak tallies 18th goal of season
in 6-2 loss
Kotyk leaves game with injury
1/3/04 - by Craig Haueter
received balanced scoring from six different scorers and solid goaltending from
Chris Mason as the Admirals defeated the Barons 6-2 Friday night at Gund Arena.
Barons goaltender Seamus Kotyk sustained a groin injury with 4:18 left in the
first period and did not return to action.
The Barons started off slow
against Milwaukee as the Admirals took an early 1-0 lead on a goal by Libor
Pivko after he picked the pocket of Barons defenseman Matt Carkner. Cleveland
got the equalizer as Marcel Goc scored his second goal of the season at the
12:48 mark in the first period. That momentum was short-lived as
Milwaukees Timofei Shishkanov scored his eighth goal of the season to put
the visitors up 2-1 heading into the second period.
BR> The second period
proved to be a very tight, defensive period as the physical game picked up.
Milwaukee held the Barons without a shot for nearly the first seven minutes.
Just as the first period, Milwaukee scored late in the second period on a power
play goal by Andrew Hutchinson to stretch their lead to 3-1.
came out very strong in the final period and netted three unanswered goals to
put the game out of reach. Tony Hrkac chipped a shot over the shoulder of
Dimitri Patzold at the 1:34 mark to start things off in the period. Darren
Haydar and Raitis Ivanas would both add goals for Milwaukee to push the margin
out to 6-1. Miroslav Zalesak scored on a 5-on-3 power play for his 18th goal of
the season to close out the scoring.
Cleveland returns to action tonight (Saturday) at home
versus St. Johns in a battle for third place in the North
All fans attending Friday nights game received
autographed pictures of Barons forward Miroslav Zalesak. It was also
Zalesaks 24th birthday. His goal was one of the few bright spots for the
Milwaukee did nothing to hurt their league-leading scoring
average of 3.00 goals per game after scoring six goals Friday night.
3rd star Chris Mason, MIL (28 saves, 2 goals)
2nd star Tony Hrkac, MIL (goal, assist)
1st star Libor
Pivko, MIL (goal, assist)
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