| Barons escape lost weekend with
Suffer back-to-back shutouts to kick it
12/5/04 - by Craig Haueter
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
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.
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
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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