The Baltimore Skipjacks rallied from a 3-0 deficit, scoring the final five goals to defeat the Binghamton Rangers, 5-3, last night at the Baltimore Arena.
The Skipjacks began the game playing as if they waited until last night to get their extra hour of sleep and Binghamton skated to a 3-0 lead in the first 30 minutes of play. But Baltimore woke up in time.
A goal by Chris Felix at 15 minutes, 7 seconds of the second period and goals by Alfie Turcotte and Jeff Greenlaw in a 26-second span early in the third period got the Skipjacks even at 3.
Ken Lovsin's slap shot from the point during a power play at 10:15 of the third period pushed the Skipjacks into a 4-3 lead. Tyler Larter added another power-play goal at 15:41, and a goal by Steve Maltais with two minutes to play was disallowed when referee Dennis LaRue ruled a Skipjack was in the crease.
"We just didn't arrive ready to play," said Skipjacks coach Rob Laird. "This game is a game of intensity, and the teams that win are the ones who play with high intensity every game.
"Yes, I talked to the team after the first and second periods and told them we had to pick up our intensity. We finally got going in the latter part of the second period and played the way we're supposed to play in the third period.
"We beat Binghamton, which is a very physical and talented team, down low -- around the net -- and our power play worked well [3-for-6]. Binghamton dished out a lot of punishment in front of the net, but we made them pay with our power play goals.
"Coming back like that from being down 3-0 is a real character builder. It should do a lot to help our club in the future," he said.
Turcotte, who scored a goal and handed out two assists, said the Skipjacks were intimidated in the first period. "We started to play the way we are capable of playing midway through the second period. Binghamton got ahead 3-0, and they seemed to relax, try and sit on the lead. We attacked with our speed in the third period, drew penalties and scored on our power-play chances. They let up and we didn't let up."
Larter said: "Our second goal was the key. We were down 3-0, and when we cut it to 3-2 early in the last period, we knew we were back in the game. We just took it to Binghamton in the third period. It was a great comeback."
Goalie Jim Hrivnak, who made 21 saves, did not allow a goal for the final 30 minutes and assisted on Baltimore's first goal, said: "After the second period, we just shut Binghamton down. We knew we had to play well in the third period and we controlled the third period. I didn't really do that much. My defense did a fine job, and Binghamton only got 11 shots in the last two periods."
First-period goals by Tie Domi and Brian McReynolds gave the Rangers a 2-0 lead.
Rob Zamuner stole the puck from Baltimore defenseman Rob Mendel and beat Hrivnak from the slot at 9:59 of the second, and Binghamton led, 3-0.
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Bin double-minor (roughing), 17:56; Felix, Bal double minor (roughing and high-sticking), 17:56.
Second period--3. Binghamton, Zamuner 3, 9:59; 4. Baltimore, Felix 2 (Hrivnak), pp, 15:07. Penalties--Fiorentino, Bin (holding), 3:35; McReynolds, Bin (high-sticking), 14:31; Domi, Bin (fighting), Paynter, Bal (fighting), 15:28; LaCroix, Bin (high-sticking), 17:53.
Third period--5. Baltimore, Turcotte 5 (Felix), 1:42; 6. Baltimore, Greenlaw 4 (Seftel, Taylor), 2:08; 7. Baltimore, Lovsin 1 (Sjogren, Turcotte), pp, 10:15; 8. Baltimore, Larter 4 (Sjogren, Turcotte), pp, 15:41. Penalties--Domi, Bin (roughing and misconducts), 8:56; Bin, bench minor, served by LaCroix (delay of game), 15:16; Poeschek, Bin (elbowing), 17:01; Fiorentino, Bin (cross-checking), 18:22; Joyce, Bal (interference), 18:22.
Shots on goal--Binghamton 13-6-5-24. Baltimore 9-10-11-30. Power-play opportunities--Binghamton 0 of 1. Baltimore 3 of 7. Goalies--Binghamton, LaForest 3-4-0 (30 shots, 25 saves). Baltimore, Hrivnak 4-3-0 (24-21). A--2,110. Referee--Dennis LaRue. Linesmen--Matt Dunne, Gary Madsen.