| Barons put together modest
two-game winning streak
Finally break out of goal
drought in Syracuse
1/16/05 - by Craig
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,
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 teams 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 Johnsons 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 wasnt enough.
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 AHLs
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
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
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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