MONCTON,NEW BRUNSWICK — MONCTON, New Brunswick -- The Baltimore Skipjacks and Moncton Hawks, the American Hockey League's divisional leaders, skated to a 2-2 tie at the Coliseum last night.
Baltimore boosted its Southern Division lead to two points over the second-place Adirondack Red Wings, who had the night off. Moncton stayed on top in the Northern Division by two points over Halifax, which tied Capital District, 7-7.
The Skipjacks battled back from a 2-0 deficit, getting goals from Kent Paynter and Todd Hlushko in the third period to send the game into overtime.
Moncton opened the scoring at 17 minutes, 29 seconds of the first period, when Kim Hankinson put a backhand past the
outstretched leg of goalie Jim Hrivnak, who had made a pad save immediately beforehand.
Denis Larocque increased Moncton's advantage to 2-0 just 1:59 into the second period. His slap shot from the right point went through a group of players and deflected off the stick of a screened Hrivnak and into the net.
Paynter put Baltimore on the board 3:49 into the third period when his slap shot from the left face-off circle deflected off goalie Mike O'Neill's leg pads and into the goal.
Hlushko tied the score when he tapped in the rebound off a slap shot by Paynter.
"To come back in a situation when you lose two good players is a real character builder," Skipjacks coach Rob Laird said.
"It was an excellent game with a lot of speed, and both goaltenders made some crucial saves. This is a case where you have to be happy to get the point [in the standings for a tie]."
Baltimore's Steve Maltais was ejected in the first period for hitting a Moncton player from behind, and teammate Tyler Larter was injured when a shot hit the instep of his foot. He was unable to return.
This was the second game of a 10-game trip for the Skipjacks, who will travel to Fredericton to play the Canadiens tonight at 6. ++ Their next home game will be against the Hershey Bears on Nov. 23 at the Baltimore Arena.
* Opponent: Fredericton Canadiens
Site: Aitken Centre, Fredericton, New Brunswick, 6:30 p.m.
@Radio: WLIF (1300 AM)
Outlook: Fredericton lost to the Skipjacks last month in Baltimore, 5-2 and 7-1. The Canadiens are led by the scoring of C Paul Dipietro (14 points). Frederic Chabot and Andre Racicot share the goaltending. C Alfie Turcotte leads the Skipjacks in scoring. D Mark Ferner (hand) and LW Jeff Greenlaw (leg) may be available. Jim Hrivnak, who joined the Skipjacks on loan from the NHL Capitals yesterday, will start in goal. Hrivnak will rejoin Washington tomorrow.