Goalie Olaf Kolzig stopped 26 shots and defenseman Mark Ferner scored two goals, leading the Baltimore Skipjacks to a 4-1 American Hockey League victory over the Hershey Bears before 5,606 at the Baltimore Arena last night.
The victory, Baltimore's second in its past three games, enabled the Skipjacks to regain a tie for first place in the Southern Division with the idle Rochester Americans.
Kolzig, who called it a "character win," made several point-blank stops, as he dived, kicked, gloved and blocked shots with his stick and blocker pad. The only goal he allowed was on a short-handed breakaway by Guy Phillips.
"I saw the puck real well, and I had good concentration," Kolzig said. "My defense did a great job in front of me. They cleared out the rebounds and didn't let Hershey get to any easy shots. We've been in a slump, and this win should help us. If we can keep this up, we'll continue to be contenders."
Baltimore coach Rob Laird said: "That was one of Kolzig's better games. He made some big stops. Ferner did a great job, too, and Joel Quenneville was excellent on penalty-killing. That was one of the keys, our penalty-killing [Hershey was 0-for-7 on the power play].
"Getting the power-play goal almost immediately after Hershey's short-handed goal was a big lift. We could have lost the momentum because of the Hershey goal, but we scored on the power play and got the momentum right back."
Baltimore was nursing a 1-0 lead late in the first period when Phillips scored on a pass from Tim Tookey to tie the score. The Skipjacks, however, retaliated within 40 seconds on Tim Taylor's power-play goal, which broke an 0-for-26 string.
Thomas Sjogren and Taylor each had a goal and an assist, and Alfie Turcotte handed out two assists for Baltimore, which leads the series with the Bears, 5-4.
The Skipjacks had to kill off a five-minute major penalty to Ferner in the last six minutes of the game. Ferner was issued a match penalty for having a cast on his hand while fighting Hershey's Chris Jensen.
Steve Maltais said: "We're missing a lot of our defense because of injuries, but guys like Ferner, Ken Lovsin, Quenneville and Kolzig step up and do the job. Now maybe we can get a streak going."
Hershey coach Mike Eaves said: "We had a lot of chances in the second period, but we couldn't crack Baltimore's defense. After that, our chances were few and far between.
"We didn't try any rough stuff because sometimes those tactics have a way of backfiring on you."
NOTES: The Washington Capitals returned D Ken Lovsin to the Skipjacks. Lovsin will rejoin the Capitals today for their game in Quebec against the Nordiques, then return to the Skipjacks for tomorrow's game against the New Haven Nighthawks at the Baltimore Arena. . . . D Kent Paynter (ankle), G Jim Hrivnak (knee), D Jim Mathieson (shoulder) and LW Tyler Larter (ankle) still are out for Baltimore.
Hershey 1 0 0 -- 1
Baltimore 2 1 1 -- 4
First period--1. Baltimore, Ferner 2 (Purves, Taylor), 2:01; 2. Hershey, Phillips 9 (Tookey, sh, 16:35; 3. Baltimore, Taylor 13 (Sjogren, Turcotte), pp, 17:15. Penalty--Jensen, Her (cross-checking), 16:25.
Second period--4. Baltimore, Ferner 3, 2:49. Penalties--Maltais, Bal (hooking), 13:26; Tookey, Her (high-sticking), 14:26; Taylor, Bal, double-minor (high- sticking), 17:57.
Third period--5. Baltimore, Sjogren 16 (Turcotte, Vykoukal), 6:12. Penalties-- Sjogren, Bal (tripping), 2:46; Jensen, Her (fighting), 13:39, Ferner, Bal, major (10- minute match penalty), 13:39; Rumble, Her (holding), 15:54; Seftel, Bal ( holding), 18:30.
Shots on goal--Hershey 5-13-9-27. Baltimore 14-11-4-29. Power-play opportunities--Hershey 0 of 7. Baltimore 1 of 2. Goalies--Hershey, D'Amour 3-2-1 (29 shots, 25 saves). Baltimore, Kolzig 8-9-0 (27-26). A--5,606. Referee--Luke Galvin. Linesmen--Gary Madsen, Matt Dunne.