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Barons: Weekly Report 4/14
Host playoff qualifying round this weekend
4/14/04 - by Craig Haueter

The Cleveland Barons completed their 80-game regular season Saturday night in Cincinnati routing the Mighty Ducks 8-3 behind Patrick Rissmiller's hat trick and two goals by Miroslav Zalesak. The eight goals are a franchise record for the Barons. The line of Rissmiller, Zalesak and captain Tavis Hansen accounted for 10 points on the night. Matt Carkner, Grant Stevenson and Jon DiSalvatore accounted for the other Cleveland goals.

The turning point of the game took place early in the second period. Patrick Rissmiller stole a puck from Cincinnati defenseman Andy Reierson just 7 seconds into the stanza and converted on the unassisted goal for the Barons 10th short-handed tally of the season. Just 28 seconds later, Miroslav Zalesak surprised Ducks goalie Ilya Bryzgalov with a slap shot from the blue line for his 34th of the season. DiSalvatore 22nd goal of the season in the final period set a Barons franchise rookie record, breaking Chad Wiseman's 21 in the 2001-02 season.

Despite finishing the regular season in a third-place tie with Rochester in the North Division, Rochester wins the tie-breaker due to their advantage on the head-to-head meetings this season making the Barons the fourth seed. The fourth seed in each division is required to play a best-of-three series against the fifth seed (Toronto), all at the fourth seed's home arena. Due to scheduling conflicts with Gund Arena, the Barons will host the Toronto Roadrunners at IceLand USA in Strongsville, Ohio, a nearby Cleveland suburb. Game one is scheduled for Thursday (April 15th), game two on Saturday (April 17th) and game three, if necessary, on Sunday (April 18th).

Barons notes

Both forwards Miroslav Zalesak and Ryane Clowe returned to the lineup Friday night in Cleveland's regular season home finale. Craig Valette, Tomas Plihal and Greg Labenski are still out of action due to injury. Center Marcel Goc did not play this weekend due to his call up to San Jose.

Speaking of Marcel Goc, his development this season has been impressive. Early in the season, he seemed hesitant to even shoot the puck. By season's end, Goc has posted 16 goals, 21 assists and a plus 3 rating. Fans of late have witnessed Goc's patented offensive maneuver where he takes the puck around the back of the opponent's net and wraps around with a lethal back-hand shot toward the net. Wednesday night in Cleveland, Goc scored his latest goal using that technique against Cincinnati.

Prior to Friday night's game at Gund Arena versus Utah, three Barons received awards. Matt Carkner received an AHL Man of the Year Award for his community involvement, Garrett Stafford received the Cleveland Barons Rookie of the Year Award and Miroslav Zalesak was awarded the Cleveland Barons Most Valuable Player Award.

The Barons are heading to the playoffs after enjoying a productive month of April thus far. Cleveland finished the regular season going 4-1-1-0 in April including a perfect 3-0 record on the road. Nolan Schaefer has established himself as the Barons' go-to guy in the playoffs after starting five of the six games down the stretch.

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