Skipjacks blow 2-0 lead and lose, 4-3/ Fredericton goalie makes 34 stops

November 11, 1990|By Bill Hunt | Bill Hunt,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

FREDERICTON, New Brunswick -- Baltimore Skipjacks coach Rob Laird has seen just about enough of goaltender Andre Racicot, the Fredericton Canadiens and the Attken University Centre.

Laird watched his team jump to a 2-0, first-period lead last night, then surrender four straight goals in a 4-3 loss to the Canadiens.

Racicot stymied the Skipjacks for the second time in three nights, making 34 saves. He had 47 stops in Fredericton's 5-1 victory Thursday night.

Racicot gave up first-period goals to Bob Joyce and Steve Maltais, then stopped the Skipjacks until Tim Taylor scored with four seconds left in the game.

Fredericton got goals from Jayson More, Gilbert Dionne, Jim Nesich and Patrick Lebeau -- and a lucky bounce or two -- to post the victory, its fifth in the past six starts.

"The wrong team won tonight," Laird said. "They scored a goal that was bull -- because you've got a garbage building here."

Laird was referring to the third Fredericton goal, by Nesich at 4 minutes, 34 seconds of the final period. Defenseman Eric Charon fired the puck behind the net off a face-off, and Baltimore goaltender Olaf Kolzig went behind the net to play it -- only to watch it carom off a partition behind the net and bounce out front to Nesich, who fired it into an open net.

"That should never be allowed," Laird said. "The way that puck bounced out there should never be allowed."

Baltimore outshot the Canadiens, 11-1, in the first period, but Fredericton battled back to tie the score at 2 with goals in the first and last minute of the second period.

"It was good to see the bounces go our way for a change," said Dionne, who was the beneficiary of another hometown bounce in the final minute when he took the rebound of an Alain Cote point shot off the backboards and stuffed it behind Kolzig.

"I'm not sure what happened," Nesich said of his goal."It's kind of embarrassing getting a goal like that, but it would have been humiliating if I missed it. So, I guess I'd rather be embarrassed than humiliated."

Baltimore, which outshot the home team, 36-23, remained winless on a trip that continues in Moncton with a game against the Hawks tonight.

The Skipjacks scored on their second shot, when Joyce broke with Thoms Sjogren on a two-on-one and sent the puck past Racicot low to the stick side 2:43 into the game.

Baltimore make it 2-0 on a power-play goal by Maltais, banking a shot past Racicot on the short side from a scramble.

Kolzig had to handle just one shot in the opening period, a weak effort by Mario Roberge.

Then, the Canadiens scored on More's goal, a 30-footer that went off Kolzig's stick 52 seconds into the second period.

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