Ralph Barahona scored a pair of power-play goals in the first period and the Maine Mariners went on to defeat the Baltimore Skipjacks, 4-2, in an American Hockey League game before 2,076 at the Baltimore Arena last night.
The loss broke a two-game winning streak, but the Skipjacks stayed in second place in the Southern Division, four points behind the Rochester Americans, who were idle.
"We got our selves in trouble with two penalties early, something we haven't been doing, and we paid for it," Baltimore coach Rob Laird said. " We dug our selves a hole and couldn't climb out. We tried We tried our best, gave a pretty good shot at getting back into it, but we couldn't do it. I can't fault the effort
Both of Barahona,s goals came while skipjacks defenseman Bobby Babcock was in the penalty box, and Baltimore never recovered.
Kevin Marquart and John Carter also scored for the Mariners, who were outshot by Baltimore, 41-21.
Matt DelGuidice was excellent in the goal for Maine, thwarting the Skipjacks most of the contest. He made 39 saves.
"That is only the second time we faced him, and he beat us both times," Laird said. "We had our opportunities, but we couldn't beat him."
"DelGuidice did a great job," Maine coach Rick Bowness said. "He faced a lot of shots and he made some big saves."
"I saw the puck real well and my defensemen did a good job in front of me of clearing out the rebounds," DelGuidice said. "Baltimore is a very good offensive team and they can put a lot of shots on goal. You have to be ready for them."
Tim Bergland and Tim Taylor scored for Baltimore, which has lost only three of its last 11 games.
Skipjacks defenseman Kent Paynter, who returned to action last night after being out two weeks with a sprained ankle, reinjured the ankle in the third period and had to be helped off the ice.
"I don't know how bad it is," Laird said. "We'll have to get it examined by the doctor tomorrow (today)."
Laird pulled his goalie with 1 minute, 51 seconds remaining to get an extra attacker on the ice, but the Skipjacks could not score.
"We sure put a lot of shots on goal," Skipjacks left wint Steve Maltais said. "We created some quality scoring chances, but the goalie (DelGuidice) seemed to always be there."
"We did not play our game," said right wing Reggie Savage. "We came out slowly and let Maine get us down. We should have known better. We beat them up there (in Portland) Saturday and we knew they would be coming in here ready. We should have been ready, but we didn't play well early.
"We seem to have a mental block about playing on Tuesday at home. We can't seem to play our best hockey on Tuesday." NOTES: Before last night's game, the Boston Bruins recalled D Stephane Quintal, RW John Byce and RW Peter Douris from Maine. The Mariners recalled RW Brian Ferreira from Johnstown of the ECHL. . . . Baltimore was without D Chris Felix (ankle), RW Jeff Greenlaw (shoulder) and RW John Purves (leg). D Mark Ferner and LW Steve Seftel are on recall with Washington, and C Victor Gervais has been recalled from Hampton Roads of the ECHL. . . . LW Bob Joyce has been assigned to the Skipjacks for two weeks of conditioning.