Sunday, March 26, 2000

Rochester 4, Mighty Ducks 0

Enquirer contributor

        A streaking team that had not played since Tuesday visited the Gardens, where the struggling Mighty Ducks were playing their ninth game in 15 days Saturday.

        Rochester improved to 18-2-1 in its last 21 games with a 4-0 victory against Cincinnati. The Americans' fifth straight win also was its second consecutive shutout.

        “I guess this is the price you pay when you play a game a week the first part of the season,” Cincinnati coach Moe Mantha said. The third-year coach was referring to the first month and a half of the season, when the team averaged only a game every four nights.

        Bob Wren, the Ducks' leading scorer, agreed the current stretch is a difficult one, but added it can't be used an excuse when the team plays host to Louisville today at 3:05 p.m.

        “We just have to look forward to (today's) game,” Wren said. “We've got Louisville four more times, and that's eight points right there for us.”

        Cincinnati trails the fourth-place Panthers by nine points for the final Mid-Atlantic Division playoff berth.

        “Anything can happen,” Cincinnati wing Frank Banham said. “We can't give up now. It's a tough part of the schedule, but you can't think about that right now. We've just got to go out and give that extra effort.”

        Saturday night's game was the first at home for the Ducks, after a 14-day road trip that yielded only three wins.

        Saturday's visitors got first-period goals from Domenic Pittis and Darren Van Oene. That was all Rochester needed, though Van Oene added another in the second period, while teammate Jeremy Adduono scored just minutes later to insure the win.

        Cincinnati goalie Aren Miller made his first appearance at the Gardens since Jan. 7.

        Rochester ....... 2  2  0—4

        Cincinnati ....... 0  0  0—0

        First period: Roc, Pittis 17 (Dumont, Houda) 9:45 (ppg); Roc, Van Oene 16 (Methot, Holland) 16:07.

        Second period: Roc, Van Oene (2) 17 (Pittis, Dumont) 4:24; Roc, Adduono 22 (Dumont, Pittis) 7:28 (ppg).

        Third period: None.

        Shots on goal: Roc, 10-12-6=28; Cin, 7-11-7=25. Goalies: Roc, Noronen (25 saves); Cin, Miller (24). Power plays: Roc, 2-for-7; Cin, 0-for-8.

        Attendance: 6,572.


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