Skipjacks beat Oilers, 5-3, end two-game slide

November 17, 1990|By John MacNeil | John MacNeil,Special to The Sun

SYDNEY, Nova Scotia -- The Baltimore Skipjacks scored three third-period goals to defeat the Cape Breton Oilers, 5-3, in an American Hockey League game last night.

The victory ended the Skipjacks' two-game losing streak and capped a rocky eight-game Maritime Provinces trip. They finished 2-5-1.

Two third-period goals by Tyler Larter -- the second an empty-netter with 1 minute, 3 seconds left -- sandwiched Jeff Greenlaw's winner at 9:09.

The Oilers, who trailed, 2-1, after a scoreless second period, took a 3-2 lead on a pair of goals by Czechoslovakian rookie Tomas Srsen. He put them ahead with a power-play score at 7:24, but Larter tied the score 61 seconds later.

Greenlaw scored the winner 44 seconds after that, converting a faceoff pass from Tim Taylor.

Steve Maltais and Alfie Turcotte also scored for Baltimore, and Norm Maciver had the other Cape Breton goal.

Skipjacks coach Rob Laird partly attributed the comeback to the testy atmosphere in the final period, which included misconducts to Greenlaw and Cape Breton rookie Francois Leroux.

"I think we needed a little bit of that," he said. "We haven't been getting involved in that type of game, and it kind of sparked us.

"Jeff Greenlaw is a big, tough guy for us and he needs to show the opposition the odd time. He's also a very good hockey player and I want him on the ice, but he needs to show that he can have the physical presence out there as well."

After a skirmish on the ice, Greenlaw and Leroux continued to trade verbal shots as they were escorted to the dressing room. Their exchange followed a main-event fight in which Jim Mathieson pounded the Oilers' Bruce Bell.

Cape Breton defenseman Corey Foster took a costly spearing major against Larter late in the game -- an incident which left Oilers coach Don MacAdam upset.

"We definitely had some brain cramps that cost us," he said.

"We were in the game and the five-minute major did a lot of damage to our possibilities of winning. It was something that was totally uncalled for, and it really hurt the team."

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