Sunday, March 17, 2002

Ducks lose 4-3

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        LOWELL, Mass. — Ted Drury's first goal as a Lock Monster proved to be the difference, as Lowell held on for a 4-3 victory Saturday over the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks in the AHL.

        Drury, a veteran of 414 NHL games, scored 2:37 into the third period as the Lock Monsters snapped a three-game winless streak (0-1-1-1) and remained in a tie with Manchester for first place in the North Division.

        Craig MacDonald added a goal and an assist for Lowell, which finished 1-1-0-0 against Cincinnati this season. Jeff Heerema contributed a pair of assists.

        Bruce Richardson, Ryan Gaucher and Jarrett Smith scored second-period goals for the Ducks, who have just one win in their last seven games (1-5-1-0).

        Jean-Marc Pelletier made 28 saves en route to his 17th victory of the season.

        Ilja Bryzgalov surrendered three goals on 14 shots before being pulled in favor of Jason Elliott in the second period.Elliott stopped 13 of the 14 shots he faced and absorbed the loss.

        Cincinnati was denied on four power-play opportunities and has gone scoreless with the man-advantage in its last eight games (0-for-22).

        The Ducks play the ninth game of a 10-game, 18-day road trip at 4:05 p.m. in Portland today.

        Cincinnati ....... 0-3-0-3
       Lowell ....... .2-1-1-4

        First period: 1. Low, MacDonald 19 (Drury), 1:49.2. Low, Kuznik 3 (McCarthy), 13:31 (ppg).

        Second period: 3. Cin, Richardson 5 (Brule, Green), 3:33.4. Low, Kurka 11 (Heerema, MacDonald), 7:16 (ppg).5. Cin, Gaucher 3, 11:41.6. Cin, Smith 10 (Roche, Brigley), 19:26.

        Third period: 7. Low, Drury 9 (Astashenko, Heerema), 2:37.

        Shots on goal: Cin 8-16-7=31; Lowell 10-11-7=28. Power plays: Cin 0-for-4; Lowell 2-for-3. Goaltenders: Cin, Bryzgalov (27:16; 14 shots, 11 saves), Elliott (31:34; 14 shots, 13 saves; record 10-14-5); Lowell, Pelletier (31 shots, 28 saves; record 17-11-3). A: 4,130. Records: Cincinnati 30-27-9-3; Lowell 34-23-10-3.


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