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Barons ring in 2005 with pair of losses in Edmonton
Manage to battle North Division foes hard all week
1/2/05 - by Craig Haueter

Tony Salmelainen and Tyler Moss are quickly becoming major thorns in the side of the Barons this season. Following a hat trick performance Friday night, Edmonton's Salmelainen scored his team-leading 14th goal of the year just 58 seconds into the first period Saturday afternoon to help lead the Roadrunners to pair of wins over Cleveland this weekend at the Rexall Place. Goalie Tyler Moss earned a pair of wins in net to extend his record to a perfect 3-0-0 versus the Barons this season.

Edmonton 4, Cleveland 3
Edmonton's Nate DiCasmirro scored a short-handed goal midway through the third period to hand the Barons their second consecutive defeat, 4-3, Saturday afternoon. DiCasmirro took advantage of Barons goalie Nolan Schaefer's misplay of the puck in his own zone for just his second goal of the season. Earlier in the period, Cleveland's Marcel Goc scored his first goal in 22 games to tie the contest at 3-3. Riley Armstrong and Craig Valette also scored for the Barons. Cleveland out shot Edmonton, 36-24, but still fell to 0-3 vs. the Roadrunners this season.

Edmonton 5, Cleveland 4
Tony Salmelainen scored three goals to lead Edmonton to a 5-4 win over Cleveland New Year's Eve. Ryane Clowe registered his second consecutive multi-point game for the Barons with a goal and assist in the losing effort. The Barons had jumped out to a 1-0 lead just a minute into the contest as Alberta native, Jason Jaffray scored his first AHL goal on a power play. Eighteen seconds later, Patrick Rissmiller extended the Barons lead to 2-0. The two-goal lead was short-lived and Edmonton tied it up before the end of the first stanza. The Barons scored their second power play goal of the night 35 seconds into the second period as Clowe wrested a shot between the legs of Tyler Moss. Nick Bootland scored for the Barons with nine seconds remaining in the third period, but it was too little too late.

Cleveland 3, Manitoba 2 (OT)
Shane Joseph scored the game-tying goal with 65 seconds left in regulation, then drew a decisive penalty against the Moose in overtime as the Barons prevailed, 3-2, at Gund Arena Tuesday night. Ryane Clowe scored the overtime tally for the Barons, who won for the sixth time in seven games. Manitoba's road winning streak ended at five. As well as the Barons played, they appeared destined for defeat after Jason King scored a shorthanded goal at 5:44 of the third period to give Manitoba a 2-1 lead, his second of the game. King now has seven goals in four games against Cleveland this season. After goalie Dimitri Patzold was pulled for an extra attacker, Joseph worked free to the right of Rob McVicar and flicked a loose puck into an open net for his seventh goal in 31 games. Early in the 4-on-4 overtime, Joseph headed toward the crease with the puck forcing a holding penalty from Kent Huskins of the Moose. Just 25 seconds into the power play, Clowe beat McVicar from the right side for the overtime win.

Manitoba 4, Cleveland 0
Wade Flaherty made 30 saves Monday night at Gund Arena as the Manitoba Moose shutout the Barons, 4-0. The loss snapped a franchise best five-game winning streak for the Barons. Manitoba took the lead just 19 seconds into the first period on a goal by Jeff Heerema. The Moose finished the stanza with a 2-0 advantage surrendering just four shots on net. Seven consecutive penalties against Cleveland for 25 minutes in the "sin bin" led to Manitoba's two second period power play goals. The Barons made a valiant effort to come back in the third period, out-shooting the Moose 17-4, but were denied by Flaherty.

Barons Notes
Monday night's loss was very frustrating to say the least. Besides being shutout, Barons coach Roy Sommer forgot his employee ID and had to have his identify verified by security before being allowed in Gund Arena prior to the game. Once inside, Sommer was informed the referee would be Scott Hoberg, not somebody high on the Christmas card exchange list for the Barons. Thirdly, the shutout happened to occur on "Teddy Bear Toss Night," when fans were told to bring stuffed animals for charity earmarked for the ice after the home team's first goal. It marked the second time in three seasons the Barons have been blanked during such a promotion.

The Barons face another busy week playing in Manitoba at the new MTS Center Tuesday and Wednesday night, then returning home for a three-in-three weekend at Gund Arena versus Rochester Friday night and Grand Rapids on Saturday and Sunday.

The Cleveland Barons Player of the Week for week ending 12/26 is defenseman Christian Ehrhoff. He had a hand in two goals, scoring one and assisting on the other. Ehrhoff's three game-winning goals are tied for first among AHL defensemen. Ehrhoff leads the Barons in shots with 106 on the season. Those 106 shots lead all AHL defensemen and are 7th overall.

During their five-game winning streak, the Barons outscored their opponents 17-7 and killed 21 out of 24 penalties for a 87.5% kill rate. In their last thirteen home games at Gund Arena, the Barons are 9-3-0-1.

Injured forward Marcel Goc returned to the Barons lineup Monday night after missing four games.

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