Barons Win Third Straight
CLEVELAND, OH - Jamie Holden turned aside 35 Syracuse shots and Patrick Rissmiller registered a three-point night for a 4-1 win over the Crunch on Sunday evening. The victory was Cleveland's third straight and improved their record to 5-6-0-0 through eleven games.
Ice conditions were not conducive to a smooth passing pace of play, but the two teams managed to score one goal apiece through the opening twenty minutes of action. The top rookie scorer in the AHL tallied the game's opening goal as Geoff Platt scored his 10th of the year for Syracuse just after the three minute mark. The Barons answered late in the frame with a power play strike from Grant Stevenson, his fourth goal of the year. Assisting on the goal were Rissmiller and Tomas Plihal, with his first point of the year. Syracuse starting goaltender, Pascal Leclaire, was injured early in the first period and replaced by Mike Ayers, who arrived from the ECHL's Dayton Bombers earlier in the day.
The Barons scored more than one power play goal in a game for the first time this season to take a 2-1 lead after forty minutes of play. Garrett Stafford wristed home his second goal in as many games on assists from Ray DiLauro and Stevenson. Both teams had four power plays each in the second period, with the Barons scoring the only goal of the stanza.
Holden handled a barrage of Syracuse shots in the third period to stymie any comeback thoughts the Crunch may have had. With 12-saves in the final stanza, Holden held Syracuse off the board to give the Barons a chance at extending the lead. The Barons responded with a goal at even strength from Rissmiller to take a 3-1 edge. The goal by Rissmiller was his fifth goal in the last six games played. Mike Iggulden completed the scoring with another power play strike, the team's third power play marker of the night.
Your Barons next game is Friday night at Hamilton where Cleveland looks for their second win in as many tries at Copps Coliseum. Then on Saturday night the Manitoba Moose visit National City Rink prior to a Sunday evening game between the Barons and Rochester at 5 O'clock. Tickets for all regular season games are on sale now and group discounted tickets are available by calling the Barons at 216-420-0000. Schedule and promotional information is found online by Crashing the Net at www.clevelandbarons.net.
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