Sunday, October 24, 1999

ROCHESTER 4, MIGHTY DUCKS 1


Amerks remain unbeaten

BY JOHN P. WISE
Enquirer contributor

        It might as well have been Record Night at the Gardens Saturday, what with the way the visiting team was scoring goals in the first period.

        The Rochester Americans scored early and often and, consequently, skated their way into the Mighty Ducks' record book. En route to a 4-1 defeat of the home team in front of 5,263, Rochester recorded the following marks:

        • Earliest goal against Cincinnati (at :28).

        • Earliest 2-0 lead against Cincinnati (3:32).

        • Earliest 3-0 ... you get the picture.

        “By the time we got our composure, they had already scored two goals,” said Ducks' center Darryl Laplante, who earned three trips to the penalty box Saturday. “They played hard from the start and really took it to us.”

        In all, the Americans scored four times in the first 11:48 (another record against the Ducks). Former Miami University standout Craig Fisher scored the last two goals, and pushed his AHL-leading point-total to 14. His nine goals also lead the league in that category.

        First-year goalie Gregg Naumenko, whose 52 saves in a 4-4 tie with Kentucky were a rookie team-record, was not as heroic last night. He was pulled in favor of reserve Aren Miller after the second goal. After Fisher's second score, Miller blanked Rochester, now the AHL's last unbeaten team at 9-0-0-0.

        Rochester ....... 4  0  04

        Cincinnati ....... 0  0  1-1

        First period: Roch Afinogenov 3 (Cipolla, Noronen) :28; Roch Van Oene 2 (Methot) 3:32; Roch Fisher 8 (Taylor, Hamel) 5:47; Roch Fisher 9 (2) (Hamel, Hurlbut) 11:48 (pp).

        Second period: None

        Third period: Cin DiRoberto 2 (Hnidy, Davidsson) 8:42.

       



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