The Baltimore Skipjacks made their 1990-91 debut successful yesterday as they edged the Hershey Bears, 7-6, at the Baltimore Arena in an exhibition game. Rookie Reggie Savage scored three goals, including the game-winner.
The contest was one of spurts. Hershey opened with a goal by former Skipjack Tim Tookey, scored only 1 minute, 57 seconds after the opening faceoff.
Baltimore then scored the next five goals, in a 5:14 span. The Bears retaliated with four goals, all on power plays, to tie the score at 5 at the 12-minute mark of the second period.
Savage, the Washington Capitals' No. 1 draft choice two years ago, gave the Skipjacks a 6-5 lead, but Brian Dobbin tied the score again for the visitors. Savage's game-winner, at 3:39 of the third period, came on a backhander from the slot after assists from John Purves and Steve Seftel.
"That's the best I've seen Reggie Savage play," said Baltimore head coach Rob Laird. "Not only did he score, but he did so many other things well. He had a real strong game, and I hope it's an indication of things to come from him."
Several other newcomers were impressive for the Skipjacks. Thomas Sjogren, from Sweden, scored a pair of goals in 12 seconds; Jiri Vykoukal, from Czechoslovakia, had a pair of assists; and Victor Gervais scored a goal and handed out an assist before being banished by referee Don Koharski midway through the first period because of a spearing penalty.