HERSHEY, Pa. -- The Hershey Bears sprinted to a 5-1 lead and then had to hang on to edge the Baltimore Skipjacks, 6-5, last night before 6,157 in the Hersheypark Arena.
The loss dropped the Skipjacks' road record to 2-6-1 and their American Hockey League record to 10-9-1 and kept them from advancing in the Southern Division race. Baltimore completes its 10-game, 20-day trip tonight in Binghamton, N.Y., against the Rangers.
"That was a tough second period to watch," Baltimore coach Rob Laird said of a period in which the Bears outshot the Jacks, 21-14, outscored them, 3-2, and chased starting goal Ollie Kolzig. "There were a lot of factors involved. Hershey came out with a lot of intensity. They obviously remembered our last game [when Baltimore defeated the Bears, 12-5, Oct. 26 at the Baltimore Arena]. It was a wide-open second period, and we did not play very well on defense."