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Barons pick up pair of wins in Lone Star State
Patzold impressive in goal
10/24/04 - by Craig Haueter

The Cleveland Barons won back-to-back games on the road in Houston Friday and Saturday night on the coat tails of 34-save and 39-save performances from their goaltender, Dimitri Patzold. With the weekend sweep of the Minnesota Wild top farm club, the Barons are now 3-1-0 at the Toyota Center since it opened last season.

Friday night, Cleveland earned their first win of the season in convincing fashion with a 5-2 win over the Aeros. The Barons were led in scoring by Marcel Goc, who posted a three-point night (2+1=3) including his second short-handed goal in as many games. Other goal scorers for Cleveland were Scott Dobben, Aaron Gill and Patrick Rissmiller. The game became chippy late in the second period with a combined 58 minutes in penalties during the period.

The Barons capped the successful trip to Houston with a 4-1 victory Saturday night. For the fifth consecutive game this young season, the Barons scored the first goal of the game as Shane Joseph gave the Barons a 1-0 lead at the 9:31 mark of the first stanza. Reigning Hobey Baker Award winner, Junior Lessard, tied the game for Houston, 1-1, five minutes later as he tallied his first goal as a pro on a rebound off the pads of Barons goaltender Dimitri Patzold.

Grant Stevenson’s first goal of the season put Cleveland back in front in the middle stanza. The teams continued their physical competition Saturday night as they combined for a game total of 72 minutes in penalties. The third period became the Dimitri Patzold show as he shut down the Aeros with 15 saves in the final period. In the final minute after Houston pulled goalie Josh Harding, the Barons took advantage of the empty net with goals from Josh Prudden and Nick Bootland.

The week started on a sour note for Cleveland Wednesday night at home, losing 4-3 in overtime to the Milwaukee Admirals. The Barons faced a familiar face in net for Milwaukee, former Barons goaltender Seamus Kotyk. The game started with fireworks as Cleveland’s Mike Hoffman and Milwaukee’s Jeremy Yablonski dropped their gloves immediately after the opening faceoff. Goals by Christian Ehrhoff, Marcel Goc (short-handed penalty shot) and Doug Murray led the Barons to a 3-0 lead midway through the second period.

Murray’s goal came as he was exiting the penalty box from a cross-checking penalty and found himself all alone behind the Milwaukee defense. The Admirals would fight back eventually tying the game up with just 33 seconds left in regulation on a goal by Brandon Segal. Twenty-nine seconds into overtime, Milwaukee winger Timofei Shishkanov split the entire defensive corp of the Barons slipping the puck past goalie Nolan Schaefer for the game-winner. The win pushed Milwaukee’s win streak to 10 games dating back to last season when they captured the Calder Cup.

The Barons will return to action next weekend in St. John’s, Newfoundland as they battle the baby Maple Leafs in a pair of games Friday and Saturday night. Defenseman Garrett Stafford is expected to return to action next Saturday night after completing his 6-game suspension stemming from a playoff game in Hamilton last season.

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