Jacks' 6-game unbeaten run ends, 3-2

January 16, 1991|By James H. Jackson

The Baltimore Skipjacks were cruising along with a 2-1 lead entering the third period at the Baltimore Arena last night.

Then, the Springfield Indians, who lead the Northern Division of the American Hockey League, struck for a pair of goals in less than six minutes and defeated the Skipjacks, 3-2, before 2,315.

Terry Yake beat Baltimore goalie Jim Hrivnak with a shot from the right circle that went between Hrivnak's glove and the goal post at 23 seconds to tie the score.

Five minutes, 32 seconds later, Springfield took its first lead, as Joe Day lifted a rebound over a prone Hrivnak for the game-winner.

The loss ended a six-game Baltimore unbeaten streak (5-0-1), and Springfield stretched its undefeated string to six (5-0-1). The Skipjacks are in second place in the Southern Division, five points behind the Rochester Americans.

Springfield goalie Kay Whitmore, who won his 15th game, gave up first-period goals to Steve Seftel and Mark Ferner, then shut out Baltimore. He finished with 29 saves.

"Springfield played a solid defensive game, and Whitmore did a great job," Skipjacks center Alfie Turcotte said. "We had a bad game. We didn't play our game. We jumped on them early, but then we couldn't crack their defense."

Baltimore coach Rob Laird pulled Hrivnak with 1:02 remaining to get an extra attacker on the ice, but Springfield thwarted every effort.

"They scored a couple of timely goals [48 seconds into the second period and 23 seconds into the third] and that gave Springfield a lift," Laird said. "They attacked us with great speed.

"We expected a very evenly matched game, and that's exactly what we got. We wanted our top two lines to shut down their top lines, and they did a pretty good job. We were hoping for Turcotte's line to produce some points, but Springfield's defense did the job. Whitmore handled the pressure situations well and made the big saves."

After the game, the Hartford Whalers of the National Hockey League recalled center Yake and defenseman John Stevens from the Indians. Before the game, Hartford recalled left wing Chris Govedaris.

Baltimore defenseman Bobby Babcock was hit in the ankle with a shot in the first period and could not continue.

"We'll get the injury examined tomorrow [today] and see what the problem is," Laird said.

NOTES: Springfield coach Jim Roberts, who had been suspended by the AHL for five games, had his suspension rescinded and coached last night. The change came after league officials reviewed the tape of the game against Capital District on Saturday, in which 150 minutes in penalties were handed out. . . . John Purves (leg), Kent Paynter (ankle) and Jeff Greenlaw (shoulder) missed the game for the Skipjacks. D Joel Quenneville is on recall to the Washington Capitals.

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