| 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.
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
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.
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
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
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
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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