The Baltimore Skipjacks scored nine goals in the first period, equaling an American Hockey League for goals in a period, and swamped the Hershey Bears, 12-5, last night at the Baltimore Arena.
The victory, which ended a two-game losing streak, kept the Skipjacks (6-3) alone in first place in the Southern Division by two points.
"I've never seen anything like that first period," said Skipjacks forward Tyler Larter, who had two goals in the period and an assist in the second. "Everything we shot hit something in front of the net or went in. It was weird. I don't think you can blame the Hershey goalies. They never had a chance. They just never had time to relax, and we were on them again.
The AHL record of nine goals in a period was set in 1947 and equaled in 1948.
The nine-goal period broke the club record of seven goals, set against the Rochester Americans in Baltimore, Nov. 23, 1984.
The 12 goals by Baltimore tied a team record set Nov. 23, 1984, when it beat Rochester, 12-0.
The combination of 12 goals in one period by the two teams tied an AHL record that had stood since 1945.
"We kept up our intensity for the entire 60 minutes, and that makes me pleased," said Skipjacks coach Rob Laird. "I couldn't be more pleased with our point production. We got great offensive games from Alfie Turcotte, Tyler Larter, Steve Maltais, Chris Felix and Reggie Savage. Tim Taylor and Steve Seftel also played excellent games, killing penalties and forechecking well. Bob Joyce played well; he did a lot of impressive things for us.
"Turcotte [two goals, 4 assists] did a lot of things individually, and hopefully good things will fall for him now on a consistent basis."
Hershey coach Mike Eaves said: "Turcotte has the reputation of being a game-breaker, and he broke us in the first period. We were embarrassed."
Only four Skipjacks, Rob Mendel, Jiri Vykoukal, Jim Mathieson and Seftel, failed to register at least one point.
Larter said: "Every good team has the killer instinct and we showed that tonight. It's something we have to develop. Get the lead and never let up. If we can learn to do that we'll be a good team."
The score would have been more lopsided had a goal in the third period not been disallowed by referee Steve Walkom, who ruled the ruled the puck had been kicked into the net.
"Everyone played well," said Felix. "It was a very important win for us. We had dropped two in a row, and we needed to get our offense back in gear. Skipjacks goalie Shawn Simpson, starting his first game of the season, had a relatively easy night, facing 23 shots.
"It was good to get some playing time in," he said. "It's tough when you don't play in a game. I made some mistakes, but I felt good. We really played well on offense, and that took a lot of pressure off the defense."
NOTES: In a college preliminary, Johns Hopkins defeated Georgetown, 9-2. . . . Today's Skipjacks practice at Columbia Ice Rink (4:15 p.m.) is open to the public. Baltimore will play again tomorrow at home against the Binghamton Rangers (7:05 p.m.). . . . Defenseman Mike Stothers has been named an assistant coach with Hershey. . . . Baltimore scratched defensemen Bobby Babcock and Mark Ferner and left wing Todd Hlushko. Hershey scratched center Kent Hawley, defensemen Scott Beadle and Scott Sandelin, and right wing Steve Scheifele.
First period--1. Baltimore, Joyce 1 (Greenlaw, Taylor), 4:57; 2. Baltimore, Savage 6 (Gervais), 6:37; 3. Baltimore, Turcotte 3 (Felix), 8:02; 4. Baltimore, Larter 2 (Taylor), 11:42; 5. Hershey, Bassen 2 (Armstrong), 12:40; 6. Baltimore, Greenlaw 3, 13:33; 7. Baltimore, Larter 3 (Turcotte, Sjogren),, 14:27; 8. Hershey, Jensen 6, 14:49; 9. Hershey, Barrie 5 (Boivin, Phillips), 15:30; 10. Baltimore, Felix 1 (Turcotte, Joyce), 16:58; 11. Baltimore, Turcotte 4 (Felix, Lovsin), pp, 18:12; 12. Baltimore, Paynter 2 (Felix, Turcotte), pp, 18:45. Penalties--Rumble, Her (slashing), 17:34; Bassen, Her (cross-checking), 17:34; Armstrong, Her (instigating and fighting), 17:34; Maltais, Bal (fighting), 17:34.
Second period--13. Baltimore, Sjogren 4 (Larter, Turcotte), pp, 2:23; 14. Hershey, Armstrong 5 (Jensen, Rumble), pp, 6:31; 15. Hershey, Dobbin 9 (Armstrong, Rumble ), 13:14. Penalties--Boivin, Her (unsportsmanlike conduct), 1:17; Mathieson, Bal (hooking), 4:43; Maltais, Bal (interference), 7:38; Bal, bench minor, served by Vykoukal (too many men on ice), 9:30; Sjogren, Bal (interference), 15:35.
Third period--16. Baltimore, Maltais 6, 1:27; 17. Baltimore, Maltais 7 (Savage), 3:59. Penalties--Stothers, Her (interference), 13:03; Bal, bench minor, served by Maltais (too many men on ice), 17:45.
Shots on goal--Hershey 9-11-3-23. Baltimore 17-12-11-40. Power-play opportunities--Hershey 1 of 5. Baltimore 3 of 5. Goalies--Hershey, Roussel 2-0-1 (33 shots, 25 saves), out at 13:33 of first, back in a start of second, Hoffort 4-3-0 (7-3) in at 13:33 of first, out at end of first. Baltimore, Simpson 1-0-0 (23-16). A--3,607. Referee--Steve Walkom. Linesmen--Matt Dunne and Gary Madsen.