The Baltimore Skipjacks and Capital District Islanders skated to a 3-3 tie in an American Hockey League game yesterday before 2,318 at the Baltimore Arena, and everyone seemed pleased to walk away with a point in the standings.
The point moved Baltimore to within one of the first-place Rochester Americans in the Southern Division.
"It's a point," said Skipjacks coach Rob Laird. "We wanted to win, but I'll take a tie in a game like that. You have to give credit to CDI. They played a controlled, patient hockey game. They sat back and waited for us to make a mistake.
"They scored on a two-on-one break and two long shots. They played a very conservative game. They always had two guys back in the zone. Our game is dump the puck in the corner and chase it. CDI was waiting for us. We just had all kinds of trouble cracking their defense."
Islanders coach Butch Goring said: "I couldn't be more pleased with the tie. We didn't exactly play for a tie, but I'm glad to get one. We tried to slow Baltimore, which is a very good skating team, down and take away their charging our net. We played smart hockey and did the job defensively."
The Skipjacks' Thomas Sjogren, scoring on a backhand from between the circles in the first period, and the Islanders' Sean LeBrun, capping a two-on-one breakaway with a shot from the right circle in the second period, did all the scoring in the first two periods.
Tim Taylor gave the Skipjacks a 2-1 lead on the rebound of Steve Maltais' shot at 1 minute, 22 seconds of the third period, but Dennis Vaske beat Jacks goalie Olaf Kolzig with a 60-footer at 7:59 to tie the score.
"I just tried to put the puck on the net," said Vaske. "I saw that the goalie was screened a little and just shot the puck."
Todd Hlushko, on a shot from the slot, gave Baltimore a 3-2 lead at 8:56, but Vaske scored on a slap shot from the top of the left circle at 13:10 for the tie.
Baltimore's Jeff Greenlaw drew a five-minute major penalty for boarding Paul Guay 1:14 into overtime.
"Everybody did a great job of penalty killing," said Laird. "Taylor, Hlushko, Mark Ferner, Steve Seftel, Tyler Larter, Ken Lovsin, everybody. We played with a lot of intensity. We'll take the point. We're still undefeated in our last three games, and hopefully, this is something we can build on."
Ferner, who seemed to be on the ice for the entire five-minute overtime period, said: "Capital District was very pleased to get the tie. Even when they had the power play in overtime, they were dumping the puck in and getting back. They were guarding against us getting a short-handed goal.
NOTES: The Skipjacks will practice at the Capital Centre in Landover at 11 a.m. Sunday. . . . D Kent Paynter (ankle) and RW John Purves (leg) missed yesterday's game for Baltimore
Capital District 0 1 2 0 -- 3
Baltimore 1 0 2 0 -- 3
First period--1. Baltimore, Sjogren 17 (Taylor), 5:34. Penalties--Laxdal, C.D. (high-sticking), 7:28; Cheveldayoff, C.D. (holding), 13:08; Sjogren, Bal (tripping), 13:36.
Second period--2. Capital District, LeBrun 7 (Jablonski), 11:41. Penalties--Sjogren, Bal (tripping), 3:38; LeBrun, C.D. (hooking), 4:31; Larter, Bal (hooking and misconduct), 6:19; Byram, C.D. double-minor (high-sticking), 10:26; Seftel, Bal (tripping), 10:53.
Third period--3. Baltimore, Taylor 15 (Maltais), 1:22; 4. Capital District, Vaske 4 (Dalgarno), 7:59; 5. Baltimore, Hlushko 6 (Gervais), 8:56; 6. Capital District, Vaske 6 (Pryor, Dalgarno), 13:10. Penalties--Grondstrand, C.D. (cross-checking), 14:16; Greenlaw, Bal (roughing), 17:07.
Overtime--none. Penalties--Greenlaw, Bal major (boarding and game misconduct), 1:14; Dalgarno, C.D. (interference), 3:02.
Shots on goal--Capital District 6-5-15-5-31. Baltimore 9-5-4-1-19. Power-play opportunities--Capital District 0 of 6. Baltimore 0 of 6. Goalies--Capital District, Maneluk 6-9-0 (31 shots, 25 saves). Baltimore, Kolzig 9-9-0 (38-35). A--2,318. Referee--Dennis LaRue. Linesmen--Matt Dunne, George Nevole.