Third-period lapse sends Skipjacks to 7-4 defeat

October 22, 1990|By Buzz Gray | Buzz Gray,Special to The Sun

TROY, N.Y. -- Three quick third-period goals broke a 3-3 tie and carried the Capital District Islanders to a 7-4 victory over the Baltimore Skipjacks last night.

The outburst by the Islanders snapped a modest two-game winning streak for Baltimore (5-2-0).

We just got tired," Skipjacks coach Rob Laird said after his team played in its third game in three nights in three cities. "We got beat in the corners late. We couldn't stop them."

Steve Seftel's goal 1 minute, 17 seconds into the third period had lifted the Skipjacks into the tie.

"I can feel for them [Skipjacks]," Islanders coach Butch Goring said. "We knew they would be tired. Our game plan was to take it to them in the third period."

Rookie Travis Green completed the scoring with a power-play goal with less than two minutes remaining. He opened the scoring with a goal 5:27 after the opening faceoff and added another one in between to complete his first professional hat trick.

Baltimore trailed, 3-1, at one point but rookie Victor Gervais moved the Skipjacks a goal behind with his first professional goal. He skated down the left wing, faked goalie Danny Lorenz with a slap shot and then slipped the puck between his pads.

"I'd like to have that one back," said Lorenz. "Victor and I are longtime friends. We've played together for years."

The two were teammates for Seattle in the Western League last season.

Steve Maltais kept the Skipjacks close with a goal in the first period. The turning point came in the second period when Baltimore couldn't convert on three power plays and a 15-5 advantage in shots. In all, the Skipjacks were 0-for-5 with a man advantage.

"That's one thing we'll have to work on," said Laird about the toothless power play. "We didn't take advantage of our chances."

John Purves scored Baltimore's final goal, but by then the game was out of hand. Purves' sixth score, tops on the team, came halfway through the final period.

It was the first appearance for the Skipjacks in the Houston Field House, new home for the Islanders' AHL team which played in Springfield, Mass., the past five years.

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