The Skipjacks are quickly learning that finding points on the road is as difficult as they had made it on visitors to the Arena during the first three weeks of the season.
Three games into their 10-game excursion through the Maritime Provinces of Canada, the Jacks have just one point to show -- and they were lucky to get that Wednesday night in Moncton.
Last night, the Jacks found another way to falter on the road, outshooting the Fredericton Canadiens 48-27 but losing 5-1 in what became a laugher.
"The obvious difference in the game was in the play of [Canadiens goalie Andre] Racicot," Jacks coach Robbie Laird said. "We were dominated by one player out there. He stopped 46 shots in a row before he even gave up the first goal."
Laird has said all season he knows the offense is there, but with an all-offense, no-defense team, these kind of losses are inevitable when it runs into a hot goalie.
"We beat Hershey 12-5 two weeks ago and didn't have this many chances," Laird said. "We kept unloading and he kept stopping them."
The Canadiens got two goals each from Jim Ferguson and Gilbert Dionne and one from Stephane Lebeau. Only Jacks left wing Bob Joyce managed to solve Racicot, and that with only 1:37 left in the game.
"I don't think it's time to panic because we're playing too well, creating too many chances," Laird said. "But I know this trip is only going to get tougher and I wanted to get off to the right start."
Tyler Larter, who took a puck on the foot two nights ago in Moncton, started last night, but Alfie Turcotte suffered a thigh bruise during the third period last night and may miss tomorrow's game in Fredericton and Sunday's game in Moncton.
"I've got guys that are banged up left and right," Laird said. "If I had to give you a real injury report I could just read the roster for the team."
Laird had five defensemen available last night as Rob Mendel (dizziness) and Jim Mathieson (thigh bruise) were scratched. Mark Ferner just returned from a hand injury and is wearing a cast and Kent Paynter has a sore knee.
As for goaltending, Jim Hrivnak, who had 22 saves last night, is on his way back to Washington for tomorrow's game with the Sabres at the Capital Centre. Laird said Olaf Kolzig will start tomorrow for the Jacks.