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Barons stagger to San Jose Tuesday after tough week
Cleveland musters only one win in four tries
11/7/04 - by Craig Haueter

Chris Taylor scored two goals and added an assist to lead the Rochester Americans to a 4-1 victory over the Cleveland Barons Sunday night in Rochester, New York. Tom Askey earned his first win of the season in goal for the Amerks recording 21 saves. The Barons failed once again to stay out of the penalty box and surrendered two power play goals to Rochester in the first period. Riley Armstrong and Garrett Stafford both took five-minute major penalties giving Rochester an extended five-on-three power play advantage. Derek Roy and Taylor converted to give the Amerks a 2-0 lead. The Barons surrendered two more goals to Taylor and Michael Ryan in the second period before they could muster a goal of their own to cut the Rochester final advantage to 4-1.

Patrick Rissmiller scored the lone Cleveland goal on assists from Matt Carkner and Ryane Clowe. Rissmiller extended his current point streak to six games. Rochester out shot the Barons 36-22 in the game and kept goalie Nolan Schaefer from earning his first win of the young season.

The Barons needed overtime at Hamilton Saturday night to snap a three-game losing streak at Hamilton's Copps Coliseum, defeating the Bulldogs, 4-3. Christian Ehrhoff scored two goals, including the game-winner in overtime, to lead the way. Cleveland out shot the Bulldogs 36-24. The Barons out shot Hamilton by a 15-2 margin but still trailed 2-1 following the first period of play. The Bulldogs scored the opening goal of the game six minutes in, from rookie forward Andrei Kostitsyn. Tomas Plekanec, who assisted on Kostitsyn's goal, also scored during the period on an unassisted effort. Sandwiched in between the Hamilton goals was a power play tally from Ehrhoff who blasted a slap shot past Hamilton goalie Dan Ellis. Ehrhoff finished the first period with six shots on goal.

In the second period, Garrett Stafford pounded a power play goal over the glove side of Ellis for his first goal of the season. Patrick Rissmiller extended his point streak to five games with an assist on the goal. Each team scored a goal in the third period to send the game into overtime. Barons rookie forward Riley Armstrong scored his first professional goal on a rebound shot off his own unsuccessful initial shot. Hamilton answered four minutes later on a slap shot from Dan Focht off of a face-off. In overtime, Andrei Kostitsyn's high sticking penalty set up a dramatic power play, game-winning goal for the Barons by Christian Ehrhoff.

The Cleveland Barons played well in the third period Friday night, but being short-handed early was the story in Hamilton's 3-1 win over the Barons in Hamilton, Ontario. Hamilton converted on three of their seven power plays, all in the first two periods. Patrick Rissmiller scored his fourth goal of the season to extend his point streak to four games. The Bulldogs were able to use back-to-back penalties, including a 5-minute major, to put the first two tallies on the board. Corey Locke, a standout rookie for Hamilton, re-directed a Trevor Daley slapshot past Nolan Schaefer. Barons defenseman Greg Labenski was called for a high-sticking major on the goal which gave Hamilton another power play. Dan Jancevski jumped on the opportunity and made a great individual play in front of the net as he back-handed a shot past Schaefer.

In the second period, the Bulldogs took advantage of another power play, scoring on a brilliant pass by Tomas Plekanec as he found Jason Ward in front on a 3-on-2 break. Down 3-0 in the third period, the Barons went to work on a power play. Patrick Rissmiller picked up a rebound from a Christian Ehrhoff slapshot from the point and gave Cleveland their own goal on the evening. The Barons would dominate the third stanza as they outshot the Bulldogs 11-5, but Hamilton goalie Yann Danis was up to the test down the stretch.

In an election night grudge match at Gund Arena, the Hamilton Bulldogs defeated a sluggish Barons squad by a score of 5-1. After a scoreless first period, the second period was owned by Hamilton's special teams. During the period, Hamilton accounted for one power play goal and two short-handed tallies. Just fifteen seconds after Marcel Goc of the Barons took a silly cross-check penalty at 3:09 of the second period, Jason Ward poked home a rebound in front of the net that Barons goalie Dimitri Patzold could not control for a 1-0 Hamilton lead.

Gavin Morgan blocked Garrett Stafford's shot at the blue line and took it solo to the other end beating Patzold for the first short-handed goal of the period. Two minutes later, Chris Higgins converted a penalty shot for the Bulldogs after being pulled down racing to the net by Barons defenseman Tim Conboy. Hamilton outshot Cleveland 17-6 in the second period. Hamilton extended their lead to 5-0 in the third period with goals from Tomas Plekanec and Michael Lambert. Patrick Rissmiller would score the Barons only goal with a minute left in the contest.

Barons Notes: Hamilton goalie Yann Danis, a free agent pick-up by Montreal out of Brown University in March, shut the Barons down Tuesday night with 28 saves. The only blemish for Danis was the Rissmiller goal in garbage time at the end. Marcel Goc had an excellent opportunity to score midway through the second period when he skated in uncontested but missed left. The Barons power play was also kept in check Tuesday night going 1 for 7. The contest proved chippy at times starting with Chris Higgins in the first period getting the stick up to Barons captain Matt Carkner's head, earning Higgins a five-minute major. Respective penalty minute leaders for both teams, Mike Hoffman of the Barons and Raitis Ivanans squared off two minutes into the middle period.

Tim Conboy and Benjamin Carpentier engaged in a long wrestling match in the final two minutes of the game. Even diminutive center Craig Valette of the Barons took on the much larger Dan Jancevski of Hamilton. Valette skated to the locker room bleeding from the side of the face. Most fans appeared to stay home to watch election results as the crowd was announced as only 2,239. Cleveland leads the AHL with six unassisted goals on the season. The home game Thursday (November 11) originally scheduled as a kids day matinee at 10:30 AM has been changed back to a 7:00 PM start due to the Barons trip to San Jose for a home game with Edmonton at HP Pavilion on Tuesday night. Barons Player of the Week is left winger Ryane Clowe. Clowe went back home to St. John's and scored a goal and added 2 assists last weekend.

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