Saturday, March 21, 1998
Ducks turn tables on Philly

BY MARK SCHMETZER
Enquirer contributor

Just when the Mighty Ducks are getting the hang of this left-wing thing, they find out they're getting a right wing back.

Cincinnati announced between the first and second periods of its game against the Philadelphia Phantoms Friday night that right wing Peter LeBoutillier was being sent down from the National Hockey League Mighty Ducks of Anaheim.

The American Hockey League Mighty Dicks didn't need him to snap a season-long losing streak against Philadelphia. All they needed was the left-wing tandem of Mike Pomichter and Eric Lecompte. They teamed up on a pair of goals to lead Cincinnati to a 4-2 win before a crowd of 6,779 at Cincinnati Gardens.

The attendance was Cincinnati's second-largest of the season, surpassed only by the 7,855 who showed up for the Mighty Ducks first home game on Oct. 4.

The win was Cincinnati's first in 11 games against Philadelphia. The Mighty Ducks won at home for the first time since February 20. They had gone 0-5-1-0 since then.

Pomichter was streaking down the slot when Lecompte found him with a pass from neutral ice to set up the breakaway game-winning goal with 3:35 gone in the third period.

The two also collaborated on Cincinnati's first goal, which came on the Mighty Ducks first power play of the night. Pomichter was stationed right in front of the net when Lecompte found him from behind the goal to record his fifth assist of the season.

Craig Reichert added an insurance goal with 16:27 gone in the third period. The goal was his 25th and gives him 75 points, tying his career high.

Bob Wren was credited with the game-tying goal at 8:37 of the second period when Reichert's shot from the left wing caromed off his skate and into the Philadelphia net. Wren's goal gave him 34 on the season.

The Ducks had three forwards out: Tony Tuzzolino, Espen Knutsen and Igor Nikulin. Tuzzolino will most likely miss the rest of the season with a separated shoulder.

Philadelphia   2 0 0 - 2
CincinnatI     1 1 2 - 4 
First period: 1, Cin, M. Pomichter 3, (Lecompte, Park), 10:48 (pp); 2. Phi, S. McCosh 24, (MacIsaac, Maneluk), 13:09 (sh); 3. Phi, M. Maneluk 14, (McCosh), 15:31.

Second period: 4, Cin, B. Wren 34 (Tok, Reichert), 8:37.

Third period: 5, Cin, M. Pomichter 4 (Lecompte, Crowley), 3:35; 6, Cin, Reichert (Wren, Tsulygin), 16:27.

Shots on goal - Phi 13-8-8-29, Cin 10-9-5-24. Power play opportunities - Phi 0-for-5, Cin 1-for-7. Goalies - Phi, Boucher (16-11-3), Cin, Mason (11-14-4).

Attendance: 6,779.