Thursday, March 09, 2000

Mighty Ducks 3, Syracuse 3

Kariya's late heroics not enough

Enquirer contributor

        Steve Kariya scored twice for visiting Syracuse, including a goal 17:34 into the third period that gave the Crunch a 3-3 tie with the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks in front of 3,377 spectators at the Cincinnati Gardens Wednesday night.

        Kariya, whose late goal Friday sent the game into an extra session in which the Ducks won, scored his second goal of the game with only 2:26 left in regulation Wednesday. It was the 14th goal in only 14 AHL games for Kariya, younger brother of NHL star Paul Kariya.

        “You hate to give up a goal in the last five minutes of a game like that, whether it's to tie or to lose,” Cincinnati goalie Gregg Naumenko said. “But he's one of the better snipers in the league and one of those guys you really want to stop.”

        Added Ducks coach Moe Mantha: “Fans got a chance to see what Steve Kariya's all about. It was very entertaining hockey.”

        Cincinnati's Dan Trebil tied the game after Kariya's first goal with a slap shot from atop the left faceoff circle. Trebil's seventh goal of the season came just five seconds after the team failed to convert its 15th consecutive power-play situation.

        Shane Hnidy's goal tied the game for the Ducks in the middle period, while Phil Audet's 18th goal, early in the third period, gave Cincinnati the 3-2 lead.

        Reggie Savage, who also scored Friday for the Crunch, scored his 26th goal of the season in Wednesday's opening period.

        Cincinnati's three-game homestand ends with a pair of wins and a tie. It was clearly one that got away for the home team, which remains unbeaten in its last eight games at the Gardens. Still, Naumenko and company are pleased with the brief home stretch.

        “Five points in three games — we're pretty happy with that,” he said.

        The Ducks trail fourth-place Louisville by eight points for the final Mid-Atlantic Division playoff berth. Syracuse ....... 2 0 1 0—3

        Cincinnati ....... 1 1 1 0—3

        First period: Syr, Kariya 13 (O'Sullivan) 10:45; Cin, Trebil 7 (Davidsson, Wren) 13:55; Syr, Savage 26 (Holden) 17:10 (ppg).

        Second period: Cin, Hnidy 7 (Wren, Young) 5:16.

        Third period: Cin, Audet 18 (Banham, Hnidy) 5:11; Syr, Kariya (2) 14 (Bonin, Allan) 17:34.

        Overtime: None.

        Shots on goal: Syr, 10-8-6-2—26; Cin, 9-11-9-3—32. Goalies: Syr, Bronsard (29 saves); Cin, Naumenko (23). Power plays: Syr, 1-for-5; Cin, 0-for-5.

        Attendance: 3,377.


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