Sunday, January 27, 2002

Ducks edge Cleveland before crowd of 9,724

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        Defenseman Antti-Jussi Niemi scored a power-play goal 46 seconds into overtime to lift the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks to a 3-2 victory over the Cleveland Barons Saturday night in the AHL at the Gardens.

        Steve Brule scored the tying goal on a rebound with 10 seconds left in regulation for Cincinnati, which extended its unbeaten streak to five games (4-0-1-0) and moved two points ahead of second-place Cleveland in the Central Division.

        Jason Williams chipped in with a pair of assists for the Ducks, who improved to 6-2-0-0 against Cleveland this season and raised their record to six games above .500 for the first time this season (23-17-4-2).

        Ilja Bryzgalov, a second-round pick by Anaheim in 2000, had to make only 10 saves for the win, as the Ducks allowed a franchise-low 12 shots against.
        Cleveland ....... 2 0 0 0—2
       Cincinnati ....... 0 1 1 1—3

        First period: 1. Cle, Craig 26 (Wiseman, Prpic), 1:18.2. Cle, Lundbohm 3 (Bootland, Hyvonen), 17:00.

        Second period: 3. Cin, Parssinen 11 (Butsayev, Niemi), 9:25.

        Third period: 4. Cin, Brule 10 (Niemi, Williams), 19:50.

        Overtime: 5. Cin, Niemi 2 (Williams, Brule), 0:46 (ppg).

        Shots on goal: Cle 6-3-3-0=12; Cin 11-13-18-4=46; Power-play opportunities: Cle 0-for-5; Cin 1-for-7. Goalies: Cle, Toskala (46 shots, 43 saves; record 13-18-3); Cin, Bryzgalov (59:50; 12 shots, 10 saves; record 15-9-1). Att: 9,724.

        NOTE: The Feb.3 game against Milwaukee has been changed from an original 3:05 p.m. start time to 1:05 p.m. because of the Super Bowl that night.


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