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Zalesak tallies 18th goal of season in 6-2 loss
Kotyk leaves game with injury
1/3/04 - by Craig Haueter

Milwaukee 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 Milwaukee’s 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.

Milwaukee 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.

Barons Notes

Cleveland returns to action tonight (Saturday) at home versus St. John’s in a battle for third place in the North Division.

All fans attending Friday night’s game received autographed pictures of Barons forward Miroslav Zalesak. It was also Zalesak’s 24th birthday. His goal was one of the few bright spots for the Barons.

Milwaukee did nothing to hurt their league-leading scoring average of 3.00 goals per game after scoring six goals Friday night.

Three Stars

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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