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Barons gain weekend split with Baby Leafs
Goc sparks win Friday night with two more goals
11/1/04 - by Craig Haueter

Cleveland improved to 4-0-1-0 lifetime at St. John's, Newfoundland with a 5-1 victory on Friday night. Marcel Goc scored two more goals placing him among the league leaders with 10 points (7+3=10) and Dimitri Patzold earned his third consecutive win with a 33-save effort. Patrick Rissmiller (goal & assist) and Ryane Clowe (2 assists) each had two points on the evening.

For the sixth consecutive game, the Barons scored the opening goal of the contest to take a 1-0 lead. Former Cleveland Lumberjack (IHL), Nathan Perrott, scored on a breakaway late in the period to tie things up for St. John's. Cleveland would register the only two goals in the middle period, both unassisted goals, from Rissmiller and Goc. The goal by Goc was also short-handed, his third of the young season. The Barons only produced three shots in the third period but scored twice to finish the scoring. Craig Valette steered a rebound a sprawled-out Tellqvist on an assist from Mike Hoffman, his first point of the season. Goc added his second goal of the game with under seven minutes to play.

Saturday night, last season's top rookie scorer at the AHL level, Kyle Wellwood, scored five goals to lead St. John's to a lopsided 8-3 victory over the Barons at Mile One Stadium. The loss snapped a three-game winning streak for Cleveland. Wellwood scored twice in the first period as St. John's got off to a 3-0 advantage. He added a goal in the second stanza and finished with two more tallies in the final period after the Barons had cut the Maple Leafs lead to 5-3. St. John's native Ryane Clowe, Shane Joseph and Scott Dobben each scored for the Barons. Nolan Schaefer had a tough night in goal for Cleveland surrendering all eight goals. The Barons' usual tough blue liners on the power play also had a sub-par night surrendering four power goals in seven attempts.

Barons Notes:

The Cleveland Barons Player of the Week is goaltender Dimitri Patzold. Patzold was phenomenal in the two-game sweep of the Houston Aeros last weekend. Patzold was 2-0-0 with a 1.50 goals against average and a .961 save percentage. He has yet to allow more than two goals in a game thus far this season.

The Barons have several die-hard World Champion Boston Red Sox fans. Jim Fahey, Patrick Rissmiller, Josh Prudden, Mike Hoffman and assistant coach David Cunniff are among the loyal supporters of the Red Sox.

The Cleveland Barons will now host the Edmonton Roadrunners on Tuesday, November 9th in San Jose at HP Pavilion. This is a good chance for Shark fans to see their top prospects up close.

The St. John's Maple Leafs are spending their last AHL season in Newfoundland. The Baby Leafs are expected to move to Toronto next season after 14 seasons in St. John's. The Barons make one more trip there in the middle of March.

George W. Bush of Homeworth, Ohio and John Kerry of Lorain, Ohio will drop the ceremonial pucks when the Barons battle North Division-rival Hamilton Bulldogs on Election Day, Tuesday, November 2nd on the National City Rink in Gund Arena. Bush was recently on the Late Show with David Letterman.

The five-goal outburst by Kyle Wellwood Saturday night against the Barons continued what he started last season. Wellwood led the Maple Leafs with 7 points against the Barons last season.

On the injury front, defenseman Doug Murray is day-to-day with a hip injury and has missed the last three games.

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