Saturday, May 1, 2004

Admiral wallop Ducks to force Game 7 tonight

The Cincinnati Enquirer

MILWAUKEE - Simon Gamache and Darren Haydar each had a goal and two assists to lead the Milwaukee Admirals to a 6-3 victory over the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks and tying their best-of-7 AHL West Division seminal final series at three games apiece.

Timofe Shiskhanov and Libor Pivko each added a goal and an assist for the Admirals, who will host Game 7 at 8 p.m. today at the Bradley Center.

Wade Flaherty pushed aside 23 shots for the win to even his postseason record at 3-3.

Chris Kunitz, Casey Hankinson and Joel Stepp scored for Cincinnati, which lost for the first time in the playoffs when scoring the first goal. Ilya Bryzgalov surrendered five goals on 42 shots in the loss.

Milwaukee went 3-for-9 on the power play, giving it 12 man-advantage goals in the series. Cincinnati was 1-for-4 with the man advantage.


First period: 1. Cin, Kunitz 3 (Perry), 4:02. 2. Mil, Shishkanov 1 (Gamache, Pivko), 8:56 (ppg). 3. Cin, Hankinson 4 (O'Brien, Chistov), 10:51. 4. Mil, Smith 2 (Haydar, Flaherty), 15:30.

Second period: 5. Mil, Gamache 2 (Haydar), 8:41. 6. Mil, Haydar 5 (Gamache, Fiddler), 11:56. 7. Cin, Stepp 1 (Glencross, Bylsma), 15:55.

Third period: 8. Mil, Hutchinson 1 (Darche, Hrkac), 9:54 (ppg). 9. Mil, Pivko 1 (Shiskhanov), 19:29 (ppg-en).

Shots on goal: Cin 11-8-7=26; Mil 18-14-11=43. Power play opportunities: Cin 1-for-4; Mil 3-for-9. Goaltenders: Cincinnati, Bryzgalov (42 shots, 38 saves. 1 eng; record 5-3); Milwaukee, Flaherty (26-23; 3-3). A: 2,931.

WORLDS: The Bridgeport Sound Tigers' Jeff Hamilton, from the Dayton suburb of Englewood, Ohio, has joined Team USA at the world championships in the Czech Republic. Despite missing 13 games with a serious eye injury, Hamilton, a Yale graduate, led all AHL scorers and set a Bridgeport single-season record with 43 goals, including an all-time League record 15 game-winners, this season. He also set the all-time franchise record with his 65th career goal as a Sound Tiger this year. Hamilton was a first-team AHL All-Star, won the first Willie Marshall Award as the League's leading goal scorer.

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