Barons: Late power play goal by Boyes
lifts Barons over Mighty Ducks
Cleveland gains sole
possession of second place
1/25/04 - by Craig
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.
Cincinnatis 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
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).
The Week Ahead
The Barons remain home for a Tuesday
night contest with Toronto and then travel to St. Johns 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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