Sunday, March 21, 2004

Sports digest


Buckeyes, RedHawks win, secure NCAA berths

The Enquirer and wire reports

DETROIT - Paul Caponigri had two goals and an assist, and Ohio State held on for a 4-2 win over Michigan to win the Central Collegiate Hockey Association Super Six Championship on Saturday night at Joe Louis Arena.

The Buckeyes (26-15-0) won an automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament and the Mason Cup, which goes to the CCHA playoff champion. It is their second CCHA playoff title and first since 1972.

The regular-season champion Wolverines (26-13-2) will also get an NCAA bid. They had won the previous two CCHA playoff titles.

Sophomore defenseman Andy Greene had a goal and an assist and freshman Brandon Crawford-West made 24 saves in Miami's 4-0 shutout of Northern Michigan in the consolation game.

Miami (23-13-4), ranked seventh in both Division I polls, finished second during the regular season and is assured to make the NCAA Tournament. Northern Michigan finished 21-16-4.

The RedHawks will learn their seeding and pairing in the NCAA Tournament at 2:30 p.m. today on ESPN2.

AHL DUCKS LOSE: Miami University product Steve Hildenbrand had a goal (his first in the AHL) and an assist, and Dimitri Patzold made 40 saves to lead the Cleveland Barons to 4-3 win over Cincinnati at the Gardens.

Cleveland112-4
Cincinnati111- 3

First period: 1. Cle, Zalesak 32 (Hansen, Stevenson), 15:17 (ppg). 2. Cin, Martensson 11 (Armstrong, Kunitz), 16:36 (ppg).

Second period: 3. Cle, Stafford 12 (Stevenson), 1:18. 4. Cin, Martensson 12 (Hankinson), 12:41.

Third period: 5. Cle, Hildenbrand 1, 1:27. 6. Cle, DiSalvatore 18 (Ehrhoff, Hildenbrand), 8:33 (ppg). 7. Cin, Parenteau 12 (Aucoin, Perrault), 14:01 (ppg).

Shots on goal: Cle 3-6-13=22; Cin 12-15-16=43. Power play opportunities: Cle 2-for-7; Cin 2-for-10. Goaltenders: Cle, Patzold (43 shots, 40 saves; record 10-15-0); Cin, Bryzgalov (58:34; 22-18; 23-23-6). A: 4,420. Records: Cle 31-25-6-7; Cin 25-34-8-1.

LOCAL HALL OF FAME: Former Swords defenseman Bill Hajt, Mohawks right wing Phil Hergesheimer and Enquirer sports cartoonist Jerry Dowling will be inducted into the Cincinnati Hockey Hall of Fame during the first intermission of the Mighty Ducks-Chicago Wolves AHL game Friday at the Gardens.

Their inductions will bring to 10 the number of former coaches, players and individuals who have made exceptional contributions to the growth and awareness of hockey in Cincinnati enshrined in the Hall of Fame.

ECHL CYCLONES LOSE: Johnstown defeated Cincinnati 3-2 at U.S. Bank Arena after the Cyclones blew two separate one-goal leads. Phil Lewandowski and Dean Stork scored for Cincinnati (20-40-3).

SATURDAY IN NHL: Robert Esche made 24 saves for his third shutout of the season, leading the Philadelphia Flyers to a 3-0 victory over the New York Rangers

Claude Lapointe and Simon Gagne scored first-period goals for the Flyers, who defeated the Rangers for the fifth time this season and moved within one point of Tampa Bay for the top spot in the Eastern Conference.

Philadelphia also extended its Atlantic-Division lead to six points over New Jersey, which played at Montreal later Saturday.

Soccer

ADU SCORES AS PRO: Freddy Adu, 14, scored 11 minutes into his pro debut, helping D.C. United beat Battery 2-1 in the first game of the Carolina Challenge Cup in Daniel Island, S.C.

"I'm just trying to fit in right now," he said. "The fans are great, but it's more important that we won."

Although Adu had played in some preseason games with D.C. United, this was his first pro game. Adu didn't make his first appearance until the the second half.

Tennis

PACIFIC LIFE OPEN: Top-ranked Roger Federer outlasted former No. 1 Andre Agassi 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 in the semifinals at Indian Wells, Calif. Federer, 22, and Agassi, 33, played in the 100-degree heat. Federer will play for the title today against Tim Henman, who defeated Irakli Labadze 6-3, 6-2.




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