A four-goal second period propelled the Baltimore Skipjacks to an 8-4 American Hockey League victory over the Springfield Indians at the Baltimore Arena last night.
The triumph over the Northern Division leaders broke a three-game losing streak and moved the Skipjacks back into second place in the Southern Division, a point in front of the idle Binghamton Rangers.
"I was happy with the play of all three of my lines and the defense, with Joel Quenneville and Mark Ferner playing solidly," Skipjacks coach Rob Laird said.
"Jeff Greenlaw, Steve Seftel and Rob Murray were my checking line, and they did a great job of shutting down one of the best offensive lines in the league. They also contributed to our offense.
"The Tim Bergland, Steve Maltais and Tim Taylor line, and the line of Reggie Savage, Bob Joyce and Alfie Turcotte, scored some goals and created a lot of chances."
Bergland, Savage and Joyce scored two goals each, and Savage had two assists. Joyce had an assist, and Greenlaw and Jiri Vykoukal also scored goals.
"We got a lot of good offensive chances," said Savage, who has 24 goals. "We were motivated by the fact that we had lost three games in a row and we were starting a big week [five games in six days]. We didn't want to go on the road with a losing streak."
Turcotte, Maltais and Ferner had two assists each. Chris Tancill scored two goals for Springfield.
"Our team played real well," Turcotte said. "We blew a two-goal lead to Springfield and lost to them, 3-2, the last time we played, and we got out-skated in the process. Not many teams out-skate us, and we didn't want that to happen again.
"We took control of the game and never gave it up. We made some big hits on their defensemen early and set the tone for the game."
Seftel, who with Ferner rejoined the Skipjacks from the Washington Capitals yesterday, said: "We made some good plays. All three lines played well and we dictated the tempo of the game from the start. We needed a lift at this point, especially with us going on the road for three games. We put a lot of shots on the goal [Baltimore outshot Springfield, 44-16] and it paid off with a win."
The teams traded goals in the first nine minutes of the opening period. Greenlaw, cutting across the slot, took a pass from Seftel and back-handed the puck over goalie Kay Whitmore's right shoulder for a 1-0 lead at 2 minutes, 29 seconds.
The Indians tied the score at 8:45 on Tancill's short-handed goal on a slap shot from 10 feet out in the slot, climaxing a two-on-one breakaway.
Bergland's goal off a cross-slot pass from Tim Taylor at 1:20 of the second period gave the Skipjacks a 2-1 lead. However, Springfield tied the score again at 2:10 of the period on Yvon Corriveau's power-play goal on a rebound.
Vykoukal gave Baltimore a 3-2 lead at 5:23 of the second period with a slap shot from the top of the slot during a power play. Springfield tied the score again at 3 on Tancill's second goal of the game and 31st of the season on a shot from the right corner that goalie Jim Hrivnak failed to handle.
NOTES: The Skipjacks played without injured D Kent Paynter (ankle), LW Thomas Sjogren (knee), D Bobby Babcock (ankle), C Tyler Larter (shoulder) and RW John Purves (leg). . . . The Skipjacks began a stretch of five games in six days. Baltimore will be in Rochester tonight, Newmarket tomorrow, Hershey on Saturday and back home Sunday against New Haven.
Springfield 1 2 1 -- 4
Baltimore 1 4 3 -- 8
First period--1. Baltimore, Greenlaw 15 (Seftel), 2:29; 2. Springfield, Tancill 30 (Day, Chapman), sh, 8:45. Penalties--Stevens, Spr (holding), 8:02; Seftel, Bal (tripping), 8:50.
Second period--3. Baltimore, Bergland 6 (Taylor), 1:20; 4. Springfield, Corriveau 8 (Black, Chapman), pp, 2:10; 5. Baltimore, Vykoukal 2 (Maltais, Savage), pp, 5:23; 6. Springfield, Tancill 31 (Black), 6:57; 7. Baltimore, Savage 23 (Ferner, Turcotte), 14:52; 8. Baltimore, Joyce 6 (Savage, Turcotte), 19:19. Penalties--Maltais, Bal (interference), 1:54; Richards, Spr (tripping), 3:33; Seftel, Bal ( slashing), 7:33; Greig, Spr (roughing), 9:29; Murray, Bal (roughing), 9:29; Stevens, Spr (slashing), 11:21; Murray, Bal (hooking), 15:53.
Third period--9. Baltimore, Bergland 9 (Murray), 4:48; 10. Baltimore, Joyce 7 (Ferner, Turcotte), pp, 8:11; 11. Baltimore, Savage 24 (Quenneville, Maltais), pp, 14:12; 12. Springfield, Chapman 4 (Greig), 17:21. Penalties--Whitmore, Spr, served by Daniels (roughing), 6:32; Mathieson, Bal (holding), 9:28; Spr, bench minor, served by Corriveau (too many men on ice), 13:28; Daniels, Spr (instigating, fighting), 19:05; Bergland, Bal (fighting), 19:05.
Shots on goal--Springfield 3-8-5-16. Baltimore 11-17-16-44. Power-play opportunities--Springfield 1 of 5. Baltimore 3 of 6. Goalies--Springfield, Whitmore 16-7-0 (44 shots, 32 saves). Baltimore, Hrivnak 10-8-1 (16-12). A--2,027. Referee--Rob Martell. Linesmen--Matt Dunne, Brett Parson.