Sunday, March 30, 2003

Griffins edge Ducks 3-2

Special to the Enquirer

Stacy Roest and Michel Picard scored third-period goals to lift the Grand Rapids Griffins to a 3-2 victory over the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks in the AHL Saturday at the Gardens.

Hugo Boisvert, an Ohio State product, also scored for Grand Rapids, which tied an AHL record with its 25th road victory of the season.

Joey MacDonald stopped 22 shots to pick up his 13th win.

Chris Gobert and Tony Martensson scored for the Ducks, who have dropped seven of their last 10 games.

Ilja Bryzgalov made 26 saves in defeat for the Ducks, who finished 0-5-1-2 in eight tries against the Griffins this season.

The Ducks, with six games remaining, trail Philadelphia by 10 points for the 10th and final playoff spot in the Western Conference.

Cincinnati begins a three-game road trip tonight at Rochester.

Grand Rapids012- 3
Mighty Ducks101- 2
First period: 1. Cin, Gobert 1 (Hedstrom, DeWolf), 15:12.

Second period: 2. Gra, Boisvert 18 (McCarthy, Robinson), 16:03.

Third period: 3. Gra, Roest 22 (Adams, Campbell), 2:43 (shg). 4. Cin, Martensson 17 (Hedstrom,. Reierson), 3:32. 5. Gra, Picard 30 (Bootland, Mowers), 12:54 (ppg).

Shots: Gra 9-13-7=29; Cin 11-4-9=24. Power plays: Gra 1-for-4; Cin 0-for-4. Goaltenders: Gra, MacDonald (24 shots, 22 saves; record 13-6-0); Cin, Bryzgalov (59:33; 29-26; 11-24-8). A: 6,812. Records: Grand Rapids 46-20-8-2; Cin 24-32-12-6.


Cincinnati left wing Cam Severson is expected to make his NHL debut for the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim when they face the Vancouver Canucks tonight at the Arrowhead Pond.

Severson, who has bounced around the minor leagues since being drafted by San Jose in 1997, had 12 goals and eight assists with a team-high 149 penalty minutes in 69 games with AHL Cincinnati this season.

"I went down and watched him play, and he just busted it," Anaheim general manager Bryan Murray said. "We want the message to be that if you work hard, you get a chance."

ECHL: Cyclones top Toledo

TOLEDO, Ohio - The Cincinnati Cyclones overcame a two-goal third-period deficit to defeat the Toledo Storm 3-2 Saturday at the Toledo Sports Arena.

Toledo had single goals in each of the first two periods. Jim Brown scored at 8:39 of the first, then Jeff Johnstone added a power-play goal at 1:28 of the second period to pace the home team to a 2-0 advantage.

In the third, the Cyclones had a pair of goals from Aaron Brand just 45 seconds apart to tie the game 2-2. Then, Joe Cardarelli would notch the game-winning goal at 11:26.

Goaltender Greg Hewitt finished with 37 saves in holding the fort down the stretch.

The playoff-bound Cyclones close the regular season in Johnstown at 2:30 p.m. today.

Toledo110- 2
First period: 1. Tol, Brown 11 (Anderson, Lutz) 8:39.

Second period: 2. Tol, Johnstone 15 (Parillo, Lutz) ppg, 1:28.

Third period: 3. Cin, Brand 22 (Casselman) ppg, 8:44; 4. Cin, Brand 23 (Cardarelli, Rodberg) 9:29; 5. Cin, Cardarelli 34 (Twordik, Turner) 11:26.

Power plays: Cin 1-for-6; Tol 1-for-2; Goaltenders: Cin, Greg Hewitt (15-10-1 record; 37 saves, 39 shots); Tol, Doug Teskey (30-8-5; 26-29). Attendance: 5,361

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