GLENS FALLS, N.Y. --The Baltimore Skipjacks learned their lesson a week ago. Bruised by a 5-2 loss to Adirondack at home, the Skipjacks came into Glens Falls Civic Center last night and handed the Red Wings a 5-3 loss.
Thomas Sjogren scored twice and assisted on a third goal, as Baltimore Skipjacks skated to a 5-3 victory over the Adirondack Red Wings last night, broke a string of seven straight regular-season losses in Glens Falls. The Skipjacks' victory stopped a 10-game Adirondack unbeaten streak, which had been the longest in the American Hockey League.
Baltimore, which has won five of its past six games, moved within one point of the first-place Red Wings in the Southern Division. Baltimore and Adirondack have been fighting ovaer first place for a good portion of the past two years.
"This was such an important game to us," Skipjacks coach Rob Laird said. "Adirondack could have broken away from the pack a little. I think it could be like this all season."
The Skipjacks, who rode three short-handed goals to an 8-5 triumph over the Hershey Bears Friday, used the power play to stop Adirondack. Sjogren scored twice and Chris Felix once while Baltimore had the extra man.
Goalie Shawn Simpson backstopped the win for the visitors, posting his first road triumph. Baltimore leads the series, 2-1-0.
"I think they're the best team I've seen in the eight or nine games I've been with the Skipjacks," Baltimore defenseman Joel Quenneville said. "They're very physical, they skate and they play an NHL-type of game. We've got to rely on our quickness. Tonight, we just took advantage of the power play."
The Skipjacks' league-leading offense didn't produce a goal until the final two minutes of the first period. Then, two shots from the right side of the blue line got past Adirondack goalie Mark Reimer, giving the Skipjacks a 2-1 lead.
Felix tied the score at 18 minutes, 32 seconds with a power-play shot from the right point that went through a screen in front of Reimer. A little more than a minute later, Steve Seftel worked a puck out of the right corner and fed Ken Lovsin, who fired a low drive from the blue line that again beat Reimer inside the near post.
"More than anything, those two late (first-period) goals hurt us," Adirondack coach Barry Melrose said. "I didn't think the Skipjacks thought they could beat us when they came in here. They got those two late goals and said, 'Hey, we can beat them.'"
Bill McDougall had given the Red Wings a 1-0 lead early in the period. Guy Dupuis' shot was kicked wide by Simpson, but McDougall was standing right there for the rebound at the side.
The visitors made it a three-goal lead 2:09 into the second period. Sjogren's shot landed next to the goal line in front of a fallen Reimer, and Reggie Savage crashed through the crease in time to push Reimer and the puck into the goal.
The Skipjacks almost made it a 4-1 game moments later when Rob Mendel took a behind-the-back pass from Tyler Larter, skated across the crease and fired past Reimer. However, referee Lance Roberts disallowed the goal with an interference call on Victor Gervais.
Doug Houda's power-play slap shot set up a rebound goal by Glenn Merkosky at 11:11, drawing the Red Wings within one goal of the lead.