’76-’77 Barons Defeat ’77-’78 Barons in Six Games, Will Represent Cleveland in UNP Again

The '76-'77 Cleveland Barons team photo.      via icehockey.wikia.com

The ’76-’77 Cleveland Barons team photo. via icehockey.wikia.com

Once again, the 1976-77 Cleveland Barons will be representing the extinct Cleveland franchise in the Ultimate NHL Playoff. In the inaugural UNP, the ’76-’77 Barons were the #45 seed and will be #45 in the upcoming tournament, as well. They faced off against the #20 seed, the ’02-’03 Dallas Stars and were eliminated in five games.

In this very brief qualifying tournament/series, the two teams had basically the same rosters with the same starting goaltenders, Gilles Meloche. It was a high-scoring series with the teams combining for a total of 61 goals in the six games. Many of them scored by Dennis Maruk, Al MacAdam and Mike Fidler, arguably the three most talented forwards on both teams. Below are quick summaries of every game from the series and the links are to the full boxscores for each game.

GAME 1:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’77-’78Barons 1 1 2 4
’76-’77Barons 0 5 2 7

GAME SUMMARY: ’76-’77 CLE – 7   ’77-’78 CLE – 4 (1-0 ’76-’77 CLE)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: C – Dennis Maruk (’76-’77 CLE) – 3 G   2 A   5 P   +4   14 S   64.5 FO%

2nd Star: G – Gilles Meloche (’76-’77 CLE) – W   4.00 GAA   .927 SV% (51 SV’s)

3rd Star: LW – Mike Fidler (’76-’77 CLE) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +4   4 S

 

GAME 2:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’77-’78Barons 2 1 2 5
’76-’77Barons 3 3 2 8

GAME SUMMARY: ’76-’77 CLE – 8   ’77-’78 CLE – 5 (2-0 ’76-’77 CLE)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Al MacAdam (’76-’77 CLE) – 3 G   1 A   4 P   +2   9 S

2nd Star: C – Dennis Maruk (’76-’77 CLE) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   12 S   63.6 FO%   2 PIM

3rd Star: D – Greg Smith (’76-’77 CLE) – 0 G   2 A   2 P   +2   2 S

 

GAME 3:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’76-’77Barons 2 1 1 0 4
’77-’78Barons 1 2 1 1 5

GAME SUMMARY: ’77-’78 CLE – 5   ’76-’77 CLE – 4 (2-1 ’76-’77 CLE)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Gilles Meloche (’77-’78 CLE) – W   4.00 GAA   .946 SV% (70 SV’s)

2nd Star: C – Dennis Maruk (’77-’78 CLE) – 3 G   0 A   3 P   +4   9 S   52.4 FO%   2 PIM

3rd Star: LW – Mike Fidler (’77-’78 CLE) – 1 G   1 A   2 P   +4   5 S   2 PIM

 

GAME 4:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’76-’77Barons 2 4 1 7
’77-’78Barons 4 0 1 5

GAME SUMMARY: ’76-’77 CLE – 7   ’77-’78 CLE – 5 (3-1 ’76-’77 CLE)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: RW – Al MacAdam (’76-’77 CLE) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +2   6 S

2nd Star: C – Dennis Maruk (’76-’77 CLE) – 2 G   1 A   3 P   +1   13 S   53.6 FO%

3rd Star: G – Gilles Meloche (’76-’77 CLE) – W   5.00 GAA   .924 SV% (61 SV’s)

 

GAME 5:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’77-’78Barons 1 3 2 6
’76-’77Barons 1 0 0 1

GAME SUMMARY: ’77-’78 CLE – 6   ’76-’77 CLE – 1 (3-2 ’76-’77 CLE)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: G – Gilles Meloche (’77-’78 CLE) – W   1.00 GAA   .980 SV%   49 SVs

2nd Star: RW – Al MacAdam (’77-’78 CLE) – 1 G   2 A   3 P   +3   6 S   2 PIM

3rd Star: D – Greg Smith (’77-’78 CLE) – 0 G   3 A   3 P   +4   7 S

 

GAME 6:

1st Period 2nd Period 3rd Period Overtime Total
’76-’77Barons 2 3 1 6
’77-’78Barons 1 0 2 3

GAME SUMMARY: ’76-’77 CLE – 6   ’77-’78 CLE – 3 (4-2 ’76-’77 CLE)

STARS OF THE GAME:

1st Star: LW – Mike Fidler (’76-’77 CLE) – 3 G   1 A   4 P   +1   7 S

2nd Star: RW – Al MacAdam (’76-’77 CLE) – 2 G   2 A   4 P   +2   6 S

3rd Star: G – Gilles Meloche (’76-’77 CLE) – W   3.00 GAA   .945 SV% (52 SV’s)

 

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