Sunday, March 23, 2003

Mighty Ducks beat Norfolk in overtime

The Cincinnati Enquirer

NORFOLK, Va.- Dale Clarke scored a power-play goal 1:57 into overtime to lift the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks to a 3-2 win over the Norfolk Admirals on Saturday.

Tony Martensson added a goal and an assist for the Ducks, who snapped a two-game winless skid and improved to 3-3-2-1 in their last nine road games.

Jonathan Hedstrom and Rob Valicevic each chipped in with a pair of assists.

Ilja Bryzgalov, making his sixth straight start, turned away 28 of 30 shots in the win for Cincinnati, which improved to 3-0-0-0 against Norfolk this season.

Brett McLean had a goal and an assist for the Admirals, who are winless in their last nine games (0-5-3-1).

Michael Leighton posted 29 saves in the loss.

The Ducks, with nine games remaining, trail 11th-place Philadelphia by five points and are six behind Rochester, which holds down the 10th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Cincinnati complete a two-game series with the Admirals and its eight-game road trip today at 4:00 p.m.

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First period: 1. Nor, McLean 20 (Laing, Wilford), 3:45.

Second: 2. Cin, Pratt 5 (Valicevic, Martensson), 4:01 (ppg).

Third: 3. Cin, Martensson 16 (Valicevic, Hedstrom), 1:51. 4. Nor, Gaucher 1 (McLean, Huskins), 5:26 (ppg).

Overtime: 5. Cin, Clarke 2 (Hedstrom), 1:57 (ppg).

Shots : Cin 10-10-8-3=32; Nor 8-5-17-0=30. Power plays: Cin 1-7; Nor 1-6. Goalies: Cin, Bryzgalov (30 shots, 28 saves; record 11-21-8); Nor Leighton (32-29; 14-12-5).

ECHL: Cyclones win again

The Cincinnati Cyclones reclaimed sole possession of third place in the Northwest Division standings with a 3-2 win over the Lexington Men O' War at U.S. Bank Arena. The win also moved the Cyclones to within two points from clinching a playoff spot.

Rookie goaltender Peter Hamerlik made his professional debut a memorable one with 26 saves. Hamerlik was assigned to the Cyclones earlier in the day from the Boston Bruins, who selected the goaltender with their fifth choice in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft.

The Cyclones struck just 32 seconds into the game to set the pace. Joe Cardarelli notched his team-leading 31st goal of the season.

In the second frame, the Cyclones got a goal from Steve Gallace at 12:47 to extend the lead to 2-0. After Jason Norrie struck to make it 3-0, the Men O' War would score two goals just 35 seconds apart to cut the deficit to 3-2.

Cincinnati travels to Dayton on Sunday for a 6:00 PM match-up with their I-75 rivals.

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First period: 1. Cin, Cardarelli 31 (Norrie, Brand) :32.

Second: 2. Cin, Gallace 12 (Twordik, Bootland) 12:47.

Third: 3. Cin, Norrie 22 (Gallace, Labenski) ppg, 11:01; 4. Lex, Van, arys 2 (Sgroi, Vandermeer) 12:52; 5. Lex, Draney 11 (unassisted) 13:27.

Power plays: Lex 0-for-3; Cin 1-for-6. Goaltenders: Lex, Dan Murphy (20-19-3 record; 26 saves, 29 shots); Cin, Peter Hamerlik (1-0-0; 26-28). Attendance: 6,003.

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