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3rd period collapse dooms Cleveland
Another goalie leaves game with injury
1/5/04 - by Craig Haueter

The Syracuse Crunch improved to 3-1-0 against the Barons this season with a 6-4 come-from-behind win Sunday night in Syracuse, New York. Dimitri Patzold became the second goaltender to suffer an injury this week after suffering an ankle injury near the end of the second period.

The Barons top defensive scorer, Garrett Stafford, scored his 6th goal of the season on a power play at the 7:17 mark of the first period to put Cleveland up 1-0. Syracuse’s enforcer, Brandon Sugden, tied the contest later in the period on a unassisted goal, shooting a laser slap shot past Patzold from the Barons blue line.

The only goal of the second period was enough to give the Barons a 2-1 lead after forty minutes. Captain Tavis Hansen scored his 7th goal of the season on an assist from Craig Valette. Patzold left the game with just under two minutes to play in the period after contact in the crease and journeyman backup Bujar Amidovski replaced him.

Amidovski and his fellow Barons were bombarded with five Syracuse goals and 19 shots in the final period. Mark Hartigan and Donald MacLean would each score a pair of goals in the period for Syracuse. After Lynn Loyns cut the Crunch advantage to 4-3 at the 6:05 mark on a short-handed goal, Brad Moran and MacLean’s second goal of the night during Doug Murray’s costly five-minute high sticking major pushed Syracuse’s lead back out to a 6-3 margin. Miroslav Zalesak’s 20th goal of the season closed out the scoring and left the Barons a couple of goals short. Syracuse would outshoot the Barons 39-28 for the game.

The Barons are idle until this weekend when they travel to Hamilton on Friday night and Grand Rapids Saturday night as they play the top two teams in the Western Conference.

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