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Barons escape lost weekend with Sunday win
Suffer back-to-back shutouts to kick it off
12/5/04 - by Craig Haueter

A scoring outbreak in the third period Sunday night allowed the Cleveland Barons to salvage the final game in a 3-in-3 weekend with a 5-1 victory over the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks at Gund Arena. The earlier part of the weekend saw the Barons shutout 2-0 at Hamilton Friday night and by a count of 1-0 Saturday night in Cincinnati. Cleveland has now been shutout four times on the season.

Sunday's victory over Cincinnati saw both teams combine for 111 penalty minutes. Ryane Clowe was the offensive star for the Barons with a pair of goals and an assist. Christian Ehrhoff, Craig Valette and Shane Joseph added tallies for Cleveland. Dimitri Patzold earned the win in goal stopping 38 of 39 shots by the Mighty Ducks.

Saturday night in Cincinnati, Mathieu Chouinard made 37 saves for the Mighty Ducks in his first AHL start of the season to blank Cleveland 1-0. Casey Hankinson registered his first goal of the season for the game's only score in the second period. Both teams came out of the gate playing aggressive hockey combining for 26 shots on goal and 24 penalty minutes in the first period. Nolan Schaefer was tough in a losing effort stopping 30 Cincinnati shots on the evening. The Barons actually outshot Cincinnati in the game, 37-31.

Hamilton forward Duncan Milroy tallied a goal and an assist to lead the Bulldogs to a 2-0 win over the Barons Friday night at Copps Coliseum on "Teddy Bear Toss" night. Dan Ellis earned his first shutout of the season to beat Cleveland for the second consecutive time this season. Corey Locke scored the other Hamilton goal. Hamilton now leads Cleveland 4-1-1-0 in the season series.

Barons Notes

A very encouraging sign over the weekend was the Barons penalty kill. In the three games, Hamilton and Cincinnati went a combined 0-18 on the power play.

Grant Stevenson's exile to Johnstown (ECHL) was short-lived. Grant was recalled to the Barons earlier in the week after playing last weekend for the Chiefs.

The Cleveland Barons Player of the Week is left winger Ryane Clowe. Clowe scored a goal in both games this past week. His two goals came on his only two shots of the week for a perfect 1.000 shooting percentage. Clowe snapped a 13-game goal-less streak in the process.

Matt and Kary Carkner are organizing the Second Annual Carkner's Christmas in conjunction with Big Brother/Big Sisters of Cleveland. Barons players and coaches will purchase needs and wants for members of BB/BS that are at a high level of need.

After home games this week with St. John's (Tuesday) and San Antonio (Friday), the Barons finish their schedule prior to Christmas exclusively with Grand Rapids with a game in Michigan Saturday night and a return home game on December 22nd versus the Griffins.

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