Adaptability is the word for Jacks', Caps' Felix

November 25, 1990|By James H. Jackson

Chris Felix is a very adaptable young man.

Felix, who is a power-play specialist in addition to being a solid defenseman, played with the Baltimore Skipjacks Friday night at the Baltimore Arena, with the Washington Capitals last night at the Civic Arena in Pittsburgh and tonight he will be back with the Skipjacks, who face the Capital District Islanders in Baltimore.

"I'm just happy to be getting the opportunity to play and help out," said Felix, who was recalled by the Capitals a week ago to help out when Rod Langway was injured. "It really doesn't matter to me where I play just so I'm playing and contributing."

Felix's contributions include two goals and 14 assists in 16 games with the Skipjacks and four assists in four games with Washington. He paid immediate dividends Monday in Detroit when he assisted on a pair of power-play goals as the Capitals beat the Red Wings, 4-3.

He didn't get a point in Friday night's, 2-1, loss to the Hershey Bears, but contributed to the Skipjacks' only goal when he was slashed by Len Barrie in the third period, setting up the power play on which Kent Paynter scored the tying goal.

"We had been down to five defensemen because of injuries and Felix was a welcome addition," said Skipjacks coach Rob Laird. "He is a solid player, always working hard. He is excellent on the power play and on his regular shifts. He always plays with intensity."

Felix was able to rejoin the Jacks because Langway's eye problem cleared up and the Washington veteran is back in action.

Friday's loss before an American Hockey League season-record crowd of 8,128 came as the result of Baltimore's failure to clear the puck from its own end that led to a goal by Claude Boivin with 13 seconds remaining. The crowd was the sixth largest in Skipjacks history.

Don Beaupre, Capitals goalie who is recuperating from a pulled groin muscle, is scheduled to skate with the Skipjacks this morning at the Baltimore Arena to get some ice time in his reconditioning process.

"I want to give Donny all the ice time he can get," said Capitals coach Terry Murray. "We don't have ice on Sunday, and he can get his work in by skating with the Skipjacks in their morning skate."

Skipjacks tonight

Opponent: Capital District Islanders

Site: Baltimore Arena, 7:05 p.m.

Radio: WLIF (1300 AM)

Outlook: The Skipjacks, back from a 10-game, 20-day trip, will play the Islanders for the second time this season. Capital District won the last meeting, 7-4, Oct. 21. Baltimore has lost RW Bob Joyce on recall to the Washington Capitals, but has received RW John Purves in return. C Alfie Turcotte, RW Reggie Savage, C Tim Taylor, LW Steve Maltais and D Kent Paynter and Mark Ferner lead the Skipjacks. Capital District is led by rookie C Travis Green, RW Paul Guay and LW Paul Kromm. G Danny Lorenz, D Wayne McBean and D Jari Grundstrand have been returned to Capital District by the New York Islanders, and C Iain Fraser has been recalled from Richmond of the East Coast League. LW Jeff Jablonski, D Jim Culhane and G Paul Cohen have been sent to Kansas City of the IHL.

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