HERSHEY,PA. — HERSHEY, Pa. -- Brian Dobbin's third-period, power-play goal ruined a Baltimore Skipjacks rally and helped the Hershey Bears score a 6-4 American Hockey League victory before 6,564 last night, the largest crowd of the season at Hersheypark Arena.
Baltimore's loss enabled the Rochester Americans, who defeated the Newmarket Saints, 3-0, to move past the Skipjacks into first place in the Southern Division.
Hershey took a 4-2 lead in the second period, but Baltimore rallied to tie at 4 on Jeff Greenlaw's short-handed goal at 10 minutes, 35 seconds of the third period. Less than a minute later, Dobbin deflected a shot from the point by Kerry Huffman past goalie Olaf Kolzig.
After Skipjacks coach Rob Laird pulled Kolzig with 1:26 remaining to get an extra attacker on the ice, Guy Phillips scored into the empty net with 43 seconds remaining.
Baltimore began the game one man short on the roster because of injuries and call-ups by the Washington Capitals. By the middle of the second period, the Skipjacks were down to 11 skaters because of ejections and injuries. Referee Bob Willer issued game-misconduct penalties to Bobby Babcock and Tim Taylor, and Thomas Sjogren lost a couple of teeth when hit by a stick and had to leave the game.
Laird removed starting goalie Shawn Simpson at 7:11 of the second period after he had allowed four goals on 13 shots and replaced him with Kolzig, who finished superbly.
"I went with Simpson off his performance Saturday night [a 5-2 victory with 39 saves in Utica, N.Y.]," Laird said. "I made the change to Kolzig to try and change the momentum, and that's just what happened. Kolzig played well, but not as well as Simpson on Saturday. We took some bad penalties, and the officiating left much to be desired."
Hershey coach Mike Eaves said: "We got the 4-1 lead, and we let down. That's a part of our game we have to work on. We're not used to playing with a lead. Baltimore came right back at us, but we came up big when we had to."
Greenlaw led Baltimore in scoring with two goals, and Alfie Turcotte and Todd Hlushko (short-handed) also scored.
"It was a game that either team could have won," Greenlaw said. "The special teams eventually decided it. We didn't score on seven power-play chances, and Hershey cashed in on two of six."
Turcotte said: "This team showed a lot of character, coming back from being down, 4-1. However, when you lose all the players we did during a game, it's just too much to overcome. Hershey came out and surprised us with their aggressive play, and we may not have been ready for that."
The victory was the first in more than a month for the Bears at Hersheypark Arena and evened the series with the Skipjacks at 4-4.
A free-for-all midway through the third period brought the ejection of three players by Willer. Mike Stothers of Hershey and Greenlaw started the altercation, which ended with 10 players fighting and the ice littered with gloves and sticks.
When order was restored, the Skipjacks lost defenseman Babcock and center Taylor, and Hershey lost center Tim Tookey.
NOTES: Baltimore D Ken Lovsin was recalled by Washington to replace D Mikhail Tatarinov, who has an injured knee. Other Skipjacks missing the game were D Kent Paynter (ankle), D Jim Mathieson (shoulder) and LW Tyler Larter (ankle). G Jim Hrivnak (knee) skated in practice yesterday, and, if he gets the doctor's OK, could play tomorrow. . . . Laird and his assistant, Barry Trott, were battling the flu, but both were on hand. . . . The Skipjacks will practice at Mount Pleasant Rink from 10 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. today.
Baltimore 1 2 1 -- 4
Hershey 2 2 2 -- 6
First period--1. Hershey, Huffman 1 (Jensen), 13:23; 2. Baltimore, Greenlaw 11, 14:26; 3. Hershey, Barrie 12 (Phillips, Huffman), 16:45. Penalties--Gervais, Balt (roughing), 2:35; Dobbin, Her (roughing), 2:35; Fisher, Her (roughing), 2:35; Boivin, Her (hooking), 5:09; Maltais, Balt (high-sticking), 6:49; Taylor, Balt (fighting and game-misconduct), 9:32; Babcock, Balt (fighting and game-misconduct), 9:32; Stother, Her (holding and fighting), Tookey, Her (fighting and game-misconduct), 9:32; Barrie, Her (high-sticking), 10:55; Maltais, Balt (roughing), 12:07.
Second period--4. Hershey, Fisher 14 (Dobbin, Murray), 1:06; 5. Hershey, Sabol 3 (Rumble, Boivin), 7:11; 6. Baltimore, Hlushko 5, sh, 12:58; 7. Baltimore, Turcotte 13 (Maltais, Ferner), 15:18. Penalties--Sabol, Her (roughing), 1:52; Gervais, Balt (tripping), 12:45.
Third period--8. Baltimore, Greenlaw 12, sh, 10:35; 9. Hershey, Dobbin 21 (Huffman), pp, 11:30; 10. Hershey, Phillips 8 (Pitlick, Boivin), en, 19:17. Penalties--Seftel, Balt (roughing), 5:05; Boivin, Her (roughing), 5:05; Gervais, Balt (slashing), 9:10; Seftel, Balt (interference), 10:45; Barrie, Her (hooking), 15:55; Vykoukal, Balt (tripping and misconduct), 17:57; Huffman, Her ( interference), 18:11.
Shots on goal--Baltimore 11-10-12-33, Hershey 9-12-11-32. Power-play opportunities--Baltimore 0 of 7, Hershey 2 of 6. Goalies--Baltimore, Simpson 6-3-0 (13 shots, 9 saves), Kolzig, in at 7:11 of 2nd, 7-9-0 (19-18). Hershey, Roussel 8-5-4 (33-29). A--6,564. Referee--Bob Willer. Linesmen--Rich Zerbe, Randy Wisler.