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Barons even up series with Hamilton in OT thriller
Shane Joseph scores game winner
4/25/04 - by Craig Haueter

The AHL North Division Semifinals is tied at 1-1 following an exciting overtime win for the Barons at Hamilton. Shane Joseph scored the game-winning goal and Nolan Schaefer made 43 saves for the victory. Christian Ehrhoff assisted on three of the Barons goals. Cleveland had lost game one of the series on Tuesday night in Hamilton, 4-0.

After a scoreless first period, both teams erupted for two goals apiece in the second period. The Bulldogs buried two power play goals in the period, both coming from Chris Higgins. The Barons sandwiched the Hamilton goals with Tavis Hansen scoring just 17 seconds into the period. Off the opening face off, Christian Ehrhoff shot a blast from the blue line and Hansen deflected the puck past Bulldogs goalie Jean-Francois Damphousse. The Barons later tied the game at 2-2 with a short-handed tally from Ryane Clowe.

Each team scored a third period goal to force an overtime session. Doug Murray scored his second goal of the post-season on the Barons lone power play opportunity of the game. Hamilton stole a puck inside the Barons zone setting up Alexander Perezhogin’s tying goal with 8:13 to play in regulation.

In overtime, Shane Joseph was the hero of the night scoring the game-winning goal at the 5:03 mark of the extra session. Joseph deflected a slap shot from Ehrhoff past Damphousse for his third goal of the post-season. The Barons return home to Gund Arena for game three of the series Tuesday night. San Jose fans can listen to the game by Crashing the Net at www.clevelandbarons.net.



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