Monday, November 01, 1999

Ducks, Bulldogs battle to draw

Young, Cleary exchange goals

Enquirer contributor

        The Cincinnati Mighty Ducks scored the first goal in Sunday's game, but Hamilton scored the next goal at the Gardens Sunday, and that was how it ended.

        Cincinnati and the Bulldogs skated to a 1-1 tie in front of 3,026 Sunday. The Ducks are now 2-3-2-1 after the third contest in a seven-game homestand. Hamilton is 1-7-3-0.

        “Overall, we did a lot of positive things,” Ducks coach Moe Mantha said. “I think we showed we're starting to come together in some areas.”

        B.J. Young's team-high fifth goal of the season came just before the end of the opening period. He skated toward a loose puck near the right boards and ripped a shot from a bad angle. The angle was apparently worse for Hamilton goalie Mike Minard.

        “Time was running out in the period, and I was just trying to put the puck on the net,” Young said. “I got good wood on it, though, and it went in.”

        The goal-free second period was not without excitement this Halloween. Cincinnati's Jeremy Stevenson and Hamilton's Dan Lacouture spent their time between intermissions bobbing for penalties. A brief encounter at 9:32 earned each a double-minor for roughing.

        Less than three minutes after they returned to the ice, both got the five-minute fighting penalty they so desired.

        Dan Cleary banged home a loose puck from in front of the net to tie the score in the third.

        “The puck was going back and forth,” Ducks goalie Aren Miller said. “I stumbled, and it got past me.” Hamilton ....... 0  0  1  0—1 Cincinnati ....... 1  0  0  0—1

        First period: Cin, Young 5 (Legault, Wren) 19:55. Second period: None. Third period: Ham, Cleary 3 (Roenick, Norton) 4:45.

        Shots on goal: Ham 7-12-5-2=26; Cin 10-9-16-3=38. Goalies: Ham, Minard (37 saves); Cin, Miller (25). Power plays: Ham, 0-0; Cin 0-1.

        Attendance: 3,026.


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