Monday, February 28, 2005

Indians complete sweep of Cleveland

The Soo Indians swept the Cleveland Barons in northern Michigan last weekend and maintained their top spot in the NAHL's North Division with a 29-14-4 overall record.

Friday night, the Indians broke a 1-1 tie with third-period goals by Matt Jones and Matt Buckley and escaped with a 3-1 win. Joe Beaudry scored in the first period and Jason Kearney made 23 saves for the win.

Ray Kaunisto and Jones (empty-net) scored and Kearney earned his league-leading sixth shutout Saturday night as the Soo blanked Cleveland, 2-0. Kearney needed to make only 12 saves in the win.

"I am very proud of the way our players reacted to last weekends loss to Cleveland." said Indians coach Joe Shawhan. "Jason was solid in the net and our entire defensive effort from the D-corp to the forwards were outstanding."

The Indians still hold a slim three point lead on the U.S. Under-18 National Team, who also won, defeating Youngstown 3-1. The USNTDP has four games in hand.

The Indians will host the Youngstown Phantoms this Friday and Saturday as they head into the final nine games of the regular season.

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