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Barons put together modest two-game winning streak
Finally break out of goal drought in Syracuse
1/16/05 - by Craig Haueter

On the heels of their second consecutive shutout and eighth this season as Bay Area fans watched Wednesday night on FSN Ohio, the Cleveland Barons traveled to Syracuse, New York on Friday and Saturday night and solved several problems in the process. First and foremost, they snapped a five-game road losing streak and started a modest two-game winning streak. Secondly, they finally figured out Crunch goalie Karl Goehring, who surrendered five goals Friday night and was pulled in the second period Saturday night in the middle of a three-goal burst by the Barons in a span of just five minutes. Lastly, the Barons got their struggling offense in gear, scoring ten goals in the two games in Syracuse. In the process, Barons defenseman Josh Gorges broke the current active pointless streak in the AHL (39 games) with a first period goal Saturday night.

January 12th vs. Syracuse (Columbus, OH)

Karl Goehring made all 24 saves Wednesday night to shutout the Barons 1-0 in front of more than 13,000 hockey fans in Columbus, Ohio. The game marked the first meeting of three consecutive to be played between the two clubs in a span of four days. The Crunch scored the only goal of the game in the second period. Chris Ferraro won a face-off to his twin brother Peter Ferraro. Peter pushed the puck to Jeff Panzer who shelved the puck over Barons goalie Dimitri Patzold. Garrett Stafford came close to tying the game on a power play in the third period, but his shot rang off the cross bar. The Barons are now 1-2-0-0 all-time at Nationwide Arena, all against Syracuse.

January 14th @ Syracuse, New York

Josh Prudden scored his fourth game-winning goal of the season late in the third period to lead Cleveland to a 6-4 win Friday night. The penalty-filled game saw the two teams combine for 107 penalty minutes in the third period and 145 minutes during the game in total. Each team’s top goal scorers even squared off midway through the final period. Alexandre Svitov of Syracuse received 35 minutes in penalties as a result of the altercation and also drew an indefinite suspension for making physical contact with a linesman. Patrick Rissmiller of the Barons tallied 15 minutes in penalties for his part in the fight. Defenseman Christian Ehrhoff drew a match penalty in the second period for an altercation in front of the Barons’ bench. Ehrhoff may face further suspension as well. Other goal scorers for the Barons were Jason Jaffray (2 goals), Ehrhoff, Nick Bootland and Marcel Goc. Aaron Johnson’s power play goal for Syracuse in the opening stanza snapped the Barons streak of 20 consecutive penalties killed.

January 15th @ Syracuse, New York

Josh Prudden recorded his second consecutive multi-point game and Dimitri Patzold turned aside 38 shots in the Barons 4-2 win Saturday night. Rookie defenseman Josh Gorges scored his first professional goal just twenty seconds into the game. The Barons exploded in the second period for three goals in less than five minutes to take a 4-0 lead. Josh Prudden began the onslaught with his eighth of the season while the Barons were short-handed. Scott Dobben added a breakaway goal less than a minute later. Doug Murray finished the scoring with his second goal of the season. Syracuse rallied for two third period goals but it wasn’t enough.

Barons Notes

Cleveland continues its road trip this week with a game in Cincinnati Wednesday night against the Mighty Ducks and a two-game trip to Utah next weekend. These games against their Western Division rivals (Cincinnati is 18-21-0-2), Utah stands at 9-26-0-2) represent a good opportunity to make up ground in the AHL’s North Division where the Barons currently are eight points behind Edmonton for the last playoff spot.

The Cleveland Barons Player of the Week is defenseman Jim Fahey. Last week, Fahey totaled a goal and 2 assists in five games. He finished the week as a +1. Fahey leads the team in power play assists with eight.

On the injury front, Riley Armstrong should return soon after suffering a concussion. Forward Shane Joseph is also expected back this week (back). Tomas Plihal returned to action Wednesday night (shoulder) against Syracuse.

The Barons signed forward Joe Tallari to a PTO contract Saturday. Joe is a 2004 Niagara University product and had been playing in the ECHL with Johnstown. In 31 games with the Chiefs, Tallari had scored 13 goals. Tallari played in one game with Hartford in the AHL last season.

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