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Barons: Late power play goal by Boyes lifts Barons over Mighty Ducks
Cleveland gains sole possession of second place
1/25/04 - by Craig Haueter

The Cleveland Barons returned home Sunday night to complete a busy weekend by defeating the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks 3-2 as the dynamic duo of Miroslav Zalesak and Brad Boyes combined on the winning goal with 2:05 to play. Fending off a Mighty Ducks player along the right boards, Zalesak sent a sharp pass across the crease through traffic to set up Boyes, who rifled in the puck from the left edge of the slot. The win for the Barons was sweet revenge since the Mighty Ducks have gone 6-0-1-0 against them in their last seven meetings.

After the two teams skated in an early defensive battle, Cleveland found itself with the first power play chance of the game. Brad Boyes set up shop behind the net and found Miroslav Zalesak walking alone out front. Zalesak fired a shot on net, which was turned away by Eddy Ferhi, but Zalesak would not be denied as he buried the rebound.

Cincinnati’s power play from the first period carried over into the middle period and the Mighty Ducks took advantage. Casey Hankinson received a crossing pass and buried the puck past a helpless Seamus Kotyk to knot the score 1-1. Just over five minutes later, the Mighty Ducks scored to grad a 2-1 lead. It was Pierre Parenteau scoring on a 2-on-1 rush. Behind a strong fore-check, the Barons evened the score as defenseman Jesse Fibiger fired a long shot from the point, which was deflected past Ferhi by Ryane Clowe for his eighth goal of the season.

The Mighty Ducks came out strong in the third period, peppering Kotyk with all sorts of shots, but Kotyk was up the every challenge. Finally at the 16:00 mark, Joel Perrault was whistled for a hooking penalty and the stage was set for the Boyes heroics. Cleveland outshot the Mighty Ducks, 30-29. Kotyk remains unbeaten in his last eight decisions (7-0-1-0).

Three Stars
Brad Boyes
Marcel Goc
Greg Labenski

The Week Ahead
The Barons remain home for a Tuesday night contest with Toronto and then travel to St. John’s Newfoundland for games Friday and Saturday night with the Maple Leafs.

Player of the Week
The Cleveland Barons player of the week is center Brad Boyes. In four games, Boyes posted 6 points on 4 goals and 2 assists.

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