The Baltimore Skipjacks equaled a league-record nine goals in the first period and went on to swamp the Hershey Bears, 12-5, in an American Hockey League game last night at the Baltimore Arena.
The victory, which ended a two-game Baltimore losing streak, allowed the Skipjacks (6-3) to hold onto first place in the Southern Division.
The nine-goal period also broke the record of seven goals scored against Rochester in Baltimore, Nov. 23, 1984.
Baltimore's 12 goals in the game tied a team record set Nov. 23, 1984 when it beat Rochesters, 12-0.
"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 did a lot of things individually and hopefully good things will fall for him now on a consistent basis."
Turcotte, Larter, Maltais and Felix were the leading scorers for the Skipjacks. Turcotte had two goals and four assists; Larter had two goals and an assist; Maltais scored two goals; and Felix scored a goal and had three assists. Savage chipped in with a goal and an assist and Joyce, who had been out all season with a sprained ankle, scored a goal and handed out an assist.
"Turcotte has the reputation of being a game-breaker and he broke us in the first period," said Hershey coach Mike Eaves. "We were embarrassed."
"I've never seen anything like that first period," said Larter. "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.
"It was nice to score the two goals. Playing on the line with Alfie [Turcotte] has helped me. He set up two of my goals tonight.
"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."
Only four Skipjacks, Rob Mendel, Jiri Vykoukal, Jim Mathieson and Seftel failed to register at least one point.
The Skipjacks even had a goal disallowed in the third period when referee Steve Walkom ruled the puck was 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. We concentrated on our offense and it paid off. We came out roaring and we created some quality chances and we cashed in on them. I don't think you can fault the Hershey goalies, they never had a chance. We were all over them."
NOTES: In a collegiate preliminary game, 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.
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 oppontunities--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.