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Goren hat trick leads Moose over Ducks

December 3, 2004 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Manitoba Moose News Release

Lee Goren registered a hat trick to lead the Manitoba Moose to a 4-1 win over the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks Thursday night. The next Moose game is Saturday night at 7:30 against the Binghamton Senators.

Jason King potted the game's first goal 6:07 in, with all the leg work done by Josh Green. Green weaved his way through traffic before firing it on net. King crashed the net and banged home the rebound.

A minute and 20 seconds later, Goren made it 2-0 after picking the top corner from the top of the left faceoff circle. Bieksa and Koltsov got the two assists.

The goal was scored in a four-on-four situation with Wade Brookbank and Tomas Malec in the box for their respective clubs

Cincinnati started to come on near the end of the period as Stanislav Chistov was buzzing around the Moose goal. The visitors eventually drew a penalty, slashing to Kirill Koltsov, to go on their second powerplay of the evening.

However, the best scoring opportunity on the powerplay went to the Moose. Goren blocked a Duck shot and broke in on a two-on-one with Green but his centering pass was blocked.

Bryzgalov made a big glove stop off King with 31 seconds to play in the first to keep the game at 2-0.

After one period of play, the shot count was 9-7 for the Moose and Manitoba was up 2-0 on the scoreboard.

Early in the second, with Joffrey Lupul in the box, Cincinnati had a great scoring chance after a giveaway at their blueline resulted in a shorthanded breakaway for Joel Perrault. Auld made a solid pad save on the play.

It looked like Brandon Nolan had scored midway through the game to put the Moose up by three but the officials ruled that it only hit the post and did not cross the goal line.

Bryzgalov made a brilliant stop off Tomas Mojzis during a Moose powerplay in the latter half of the second. Goren fed the Moose defenceman at the side of the net and he one-timed a shot but Bryzgalov came all the way across and got a pad on it.

Several minutes later, Bryzgalov stoned Mojzis again with a glove stop off a blast from the top of the left faceoff circle.

Cincinnati drew to within a goal late in the second. Zenon Konopka's shot just barely trickled past the goal line for the Ducks' first goal of the night.

After two periods, the Moose were holding on to a one-goal lead. Shots were Manitoba 17, Cincinnati 15.

Midway through the third, the Moose had a two-man advantage and capitalized. Nolan Baumgartner ripped a shot from the high slot that was deflected by Lee Goren and beat Bryzgalov glove side. Sarno drew the other assist on the play.

Goren potted an empty-net goal at the end of the third to complete his hat-trick and ice the Moose victory.

NOTES: Jimmy Roy drew back into the lineup with Joe DiPenta out again due to injury... Goren now has four game-winning goals this season for the Moose to rank second in the league...

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