The Baltimore Skipjacks celebrated their home opener of the 1990-91 American Hockey League season last night by beating the Fredericton Canadiens, 5-2, before 3,199 at the Baltimore Arena.
The Skipjacks (2-0) received goals from four players, and Don Beaupre, on rehabilitation assignment from the Washington Capitals, was outstanding in the goal.
Thomas Sjogren, Jeff Greenlaw, Reggie Savage, John Purves and Steve Maltais scored for Baltimore.
Fredericton's two goals were scored by former Skipjacks defenseman Alain Cote during a power play in the first period and by Patrick Lebeau in the third period.
Baltimore outshot the Northern Division-leading Canadiens (3-1), 36-22, and Beaupre made 20 saves, several of which were point-blank.
Sjogren, the rookie right wing from Sweden, gave Baltimore a 1-0 lead at 15:15 when he scored on a shot from the right circle that caromed off goalie Andre Racicot's skate.
Cote was allowed to skate in unguarded on Beaupre during a Fredericton power play, and he fired the puck into the net from close range to tie the score at 18:23 of the first period.
Greenlaw, who got the puck at center ice, steamed up the right boards and went in on Racicot, beating him with a rising wrist shot that caught the upper portion of the cage at 9:25 of the second period, giving Baltimore a 2-1 lead.
Savage, the Capitals' No. 1 choice in the 1988 entry draft, gave Baltimore a 3-1 lead at 15:46 of the second period when he stole the puck from Guy Darveau just off the crease and beat Racicot with a backhander.
The Skipjacks' lead rose to 4-1 at 17:34 of the middle period when Maltais converted passes from Purves and Tim Taylor during a power play.
NOTES: Before last night's game the Skipjacks returned rookie left wing Dave Lorentz to his college team in Canada. . . . The East Coast Hockey League's Hampton Roads Admirals, coached by John Brophy, will open preseason practice tomorrow, and at least three Skipjacks, including a goaltender, appear headed for that team. . . . Former Skipjacks and Pittsburgh Penguins coach Gene Ubriaco is doing the color commentary on the Skipjacks radio broadcasts with play-by-play man Ken Albert. . . . Fredericton made two player moves yesterday, trading center Martin Desjardins to the Chicago Blackhawks and defenseman Todd Richards to the Hartford Whalers.