MONCTON, New Brunswick -- Steve Seftel scored two goals in the second period to break a 1-1 tie and lead Baltimore over Moncton, 5-1, yesterday in American Hockey League action.
The Skipjacks broke Moncton's six-game home unbeaten streak and moved two points ahead of Adirondack at the top of the Southern Division.
Baltimore's Tim Taylor scored the only goal of the first period. Moncton, the Northern Division leader, tied the game early in the second on a power-play goal by rookie Scott Levins.
The Skipjacks struck back 1 minute, 13 seconds later when Seftel poked a shot past Hawks goaltender Mike O'Neil during a scramble in front of the net.
Seftel's second goal came eight minutes later on a wrist shot from 15 feet.
Skipjacks goalie Olaf Kotzig, one of the Washington Capitals' top prospects, made 28 saves, while earning his first professional victory.
"We played hard for 60 minutes," said Baltimore coach Rob Laird, "and it was about time we were rewarded.
"We've played well the last four games, out-shooting our opponents and holding them to under 30 shots, but have come out with only one win and a tie.
"If you talk about deserving a win, this was it."
Thomas Sjogren and Reggie Savage also scored for Baltimore.
"They're a very disciplined, unselfish team," said Moncton coach Dave Farrish. "We had only a few mistakes, and they made us pay dearly."
This Skipjacks continue their 10-game trip, traveling to Cape Breton to play the Oilers tomorrow.
First period--1, Balt, Taylor 6 (Savage, Maltais) 12:56. Penalties--Levins, Moncton (holding) 9:09. Hughes, Moncton (hooking) 16:35.
Second period--2, Mon, Levins 3 (Hughes, Norton) 2:55 pp. 3, Seftel, Balt 4 (Greenlaw, Felix) 4:08. 4, Balt, Sjogren, 6 (Turcotte, Mathiason) 9:22. 5, Seftel, Balt 5 (Larter, Lousin) 12:00. Penalties--Balt bench (too many men, served by Turcotte) 2:04. Sjogren (interference) 5:23; Greenlaw, Balt (hooking) 14:38.
Third period--6, Balt, Savage 10 (Taylor, Maltais), 4:44. Penalties--Hlushko, Balt (roughing), Larter, Balt (slashing), Herve, Moncton (roughing), 10:03.
Shots on goal--Baltimore 11-13-7--31. Moncton 9-9-11--29. Goalies--Baltimore, Kotzig 29 shots, 28 saves. Moncton, O'Neill 31, 26. Power-play opportunities--Baltimore 0 for 2, Moncton 1 for 4. A--3,565. Referee--Dave Jackson. Linesmen--LeBlanc, DeGrace.