Hershey takes 5-1 lead, then has to hold off Skipjacks for 6-5 win

November 22, 1990|By James H. Jackson | James H. Jackson,Sun Staff Correspondent

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."

The Bears, who got three goals from Craig Fisher and two from Brian Dobbin, opened a 4-1 lead midway through the second period, and Kolzig was pulled in favor of Shawn Simpson.

The Skipjacks rallied on goals by Joel Quenneville, a 13-year NHL veteran who was sent to the Skipjacks from the Washington Capitals on Tuesday, and Steve Maltais. Tyler Larter's goal at the start of the third period cut the lead to 5-4, but a three-on-two break at 13:09 with Dobbin scoring off a pass from Mark Freer, who had three assists, made it 6-4, and sealed the Skipjacks fate.

Maltais' second goal of the game with 14 seconds remaining made the score 6-5.

"I took out Kolzig because we had to make a change in the hope of changing the game's momentum," said Laird.

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