From: Ryan Stanzel
Director of Communications
Saturday, February 26, 2005
713.361.7930 (Direct Line) Mighty Ducks 4, Aeros 3 (OT) Official Box Score
Chris Kunitz scored a controversial power play goal with less than one second left in overtime, as the Cincinnati Mighty Ducks outlasted the Houston Aeros 4-3 in a wild game at Cincinnati Gardens. Kurtis Foster scored twice and added an assist and Shane OBrien chipped in a goal for Cincinnati, which went 3-for-10 on the power play and won its fifth straight. The Ducks, who improved to 15-1-0-1 in their last 17 home games, moved to 66 points eight more than the fourth-place Aeros, who have five games in hand. Frederic Cassivi turned aside 30 shots for the Ducks.
Pierre-Marc Bouchard tied the game with a power play goal midway through the third period for Houston, which rallied from three goals down to force overtime for the second time in 15 days. The Aeros won the other game, 5-4 February 12 at Chicago. Kyle Wanvig added a goal and an assist and Matt Foy scored his third goal in two games for Houston, which went shorthanded six times in the opening period alone.
Mike Smith made 36 saves for Houston, which is 1-1-1-1 on a five-game road trip that concludes Sunday in San Antonio at 4:30 p.m.
The game appeared headed for a shootout until Todd Reirden was called for tripping with 36 seconds left in overtime, leading to Cincinnatis 10th power play of the game. Reirden, a former Duck, was also given an unsportsmanlike conduct minor for arguing.
With 10 seconds left, Houston won a faceoff, but the Ducks kept the pressure on and the puck in the zone. Kunitz tipped the puck into the net for his 14th goal as the buzzer sounded, although it was far from clear.
The Aeros argued vehemently with referee Scott Hoberg, saying the goal never crossed the line, and also that it was airborne when the buzzer sounded.
Houston finished 2-for-5 on the power play, while Cincinnati went 3-for-10. The Ducks are averaging more than nine power plays per game over their last seven games.
The Ducks outshot Houston 6-1 in overtime.
Foster tallied his second of the night and AHL-defensemen-best 14th goal to make it 3-0 Cincinnati at 3:32 of the second period. With the teams 4-on-4, the Aeros turned the puck over at the blueline. Foster, hopping off the bench on a line change, grabbed the puck and beat Smith.
Houston got its first power play less than a minute later, and it wasted little time, scoring at 5:10 of the second. Wanvig took a feed from Stephane Veilleux and hit both posts with a shot that eventually found its way into the net for his seventh goal of the season.
The Ducks got 1:14 of a 5-on-3, their second lengthy two-man advantage of the game, after Wanvigs goal, after penalties on Derek Boogaard and Rickard Wallin, but the Aeros were able to kill off the advantage.
Foys third goal in two games got the Aeros within 3-2 with 6:48 left in the second. Ray Giroux picked off a pass at center ice, and fed Wanvig, who tipped a pass ahead to Foy, who went top shelf over Cassivi for his seventh of the season.
Smith left for an equipment adjustment with 5:51 left in the middle period and was replaced by Josh Harding. Just 22 seconds later, Zbynek Michalek was leveled by Zenon Konopka and needed medical attention on the ice. He was helped to the bench after having the wind knocked out of him but returned.
With 2:30 left in the middle period, seconds after Cincinnatis Dustin Penner hit the crossbar behind Smith, just back in the game, Veilleuxs shot went off the post and was covered up by Cassivi.
The Aeros got even on Bouchards power play goal with 9:23 remaining in regulation. Bouchard lost the puck to Tomas Malec, but stole the puck right back off Malecs stick and quickly poked it under Cassivi for his 10th of the season fifth on the power play.
Bouchards goal completed a comeback from three goals down, as the Aeros got behind early on.
Four minor penalties were called to Houston in the opening 3:27, and five in the opening 6:22, and it cost the Aeros dearly. The Ducks got six power plays overall in the first period.
OBrien scored at 2:41, with Veilleux in the box for roughing after getting tangled up with Konopka, who didnt go to the box. OBrien, off a pass from Pierre Parenteau, floated a shot that changed direction in front and got by Smith for his fifth goal of the season. Aeros defenseman Patrick Traverse got cross-checked in the back just prior to the goal and ended up on the ground.
The Aeros then had to kill off 87 seconds of a 5-on-3, plus additional one-man advantage time, when Dan Cavanaugh went for holding the stick at 2:57. Less than thirty second later, John Erskine was called for roughing in front of the net, and he also picked up an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty for arguing.
Towards the end of Erskines second minor, Foster made it 2-0 Cincinnati, at the 6:02 mark. The goal was Fosters 13th and his seventh on the power play.
Only 20 seconds after Fosters goal, Reirden went for tripping.
The Aeros appeared to get their first power play with 42 seconds left when Kunitz was called for elbowing. But Michalek also went for boarding, an infraction that occurred several seconds prior to Kunitz retaliation, but there was no delayed penalty coming up.
Cincinnati outshot Houston 16-8 in the first.
The Aeros scratched Brent Burns, Joey Tetarenko, Erik Reitz, Bill Kinkel, David Bararuk, Marius Holtet and Christoph Brandner.
Harding made one save in 2:45 of action.
Wanvigs goal moved him into sole possession of 10th place on the Aeros all-time goal list with 51. He broke a tie with Cory Larose, making him teams leader in goals in AHL play.
Wanvigs assist on Foys goal marked his 100th point with the Aeros.
Veilleuxs assist on Wanvigs goal marked his 121st point with the Aeros, breaking a tie with Larose and Travis Roche for first place on the teams AHL points list.
Foys three-game point streak (3-1-4) is a career-high.
Houston is 0-2-2-0 in its last four trips to Cincinnati Gardens.
The Aeros have allowed the games first goal in eight of their last 10 games.
Cincinnati led at home after one period for only the eighth time in 28 games.
Six of Houstons last seven games have been decided by one goal.
Houston is 12-9-5-3 in one-goal games, while Cincinnati is 18-7-1-3.
The Aeros fell to 2-5 in overtime, while the Ducks improved to 4-1.
Houston last allowed 10 power plays December 1, 2003, versus Milwaukee at Toyota Center. The last time the Aeros allowed three power play goals in a game was March 17, 2004, in Worcester.
Reirden also picked up a gross misconduct following the goal.