HALIFAX, Nova Scotia -- The Baltimore Skipjacks opened a 10-game road trip with a 7-5 loss to the Halifax Citadels yesterday, giving up four third-period goals.
The Citadels ran their unbeaten streak to eight games with the American Hockey League victory.
"Halifax has a very good team right now, and they're on a good roll," said Baltimore coach Rob Laird.
"They do a lot of good things offensively. They beat us low in the corners and three-on-three coverage deep, so it's an area that we have to get better in."
Stephane Morin scored two goals and added two assists for the Citadels, who also got two goals from Mark Vermette. Dave Latta, Miro Ihnacak and Jaro Sevcik contributed the others.
The Skipjacks, who are starting their trip with an eight-game tour of Canada's Maritime Provinces, got a goal and two assists from Alfie Turcotte. Tyler Larter, Thomas Sjogren, Kent Paynter and Reggie Savage also scored for Baltimore.
Stephane Fiset made 33 saves for the Citadels. Baltimore starter Shawn Simpson was equally sharp in the first two periods. But after allowing four goals in the third, he was replaced by Ollie Kolzig at 15 minutes, 15 seconds.
"[Simpson] had 37 shots, so we didn't give him as much support as we needed to," said Laird. "There were a couple of goals that I thought were relatively stoppable, but more than anything, it was just to give Ollie Kolzig some work."
Larter said the game got away from the Skipjacks in the third period.
"We let them get two quick goals, and then we tried to open it up too much. When you open it up, your defense kind of lacks a little, and they were able to take advantage of it."
Morin said the Citadels started cautiously.
"In the first two periods, we played a little bit more defensively because we know Baltimore has a good team," he said. "After the second period, the guys said, 'Let's go guys, and open up the machine. We can score lots of goals.' "
Morin had a chance for a hat trick when he took a penalty shot at 8:01 of the third period, after Simpson had thrown his stick on a deke by Ken Quinney.
"I was very nervous," said Morin. "The goalie [Simpson] made a good save."
Larter opened the scoring at 7:23 of the first period, but Latta tied the score at 15:02, tipping in a shot by Morin while Simpson was playing without a stick.
Morin put the Citadels ahead at 18:37 after a stretch of sustained pressure by Halifax. Morin passed to Mario Doyon at the point, then knocked in Doyon's rebound after Simpson's save.