Skipjacks end 3-game slide, 8-4

January 30, 1991|By James H. Jackson

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 idle Binghamton.

Tim Bergland, Reggie Savage and Bob Joyce scored two goals each for Baltimore, and Savage had two assists. Joyce had an assist, and Jeff Greenlaw and Jiri Vykoukal also scored goals.

Alfie Turcotte, Steve Maltais and Mark Ferner had two assists each. Chris Tancill scored two goals for Springfield.

The teams traded goals in the first nine minutes of the opening period. Greenlaw, cutting across the slot, took a pass from Steve 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.

Baltimore had an apparent goal by Turcotte disallowed at 3:57 of the second period when referee Rob Martell ruled that a Skipjack was in the crease.

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.

Savage's goal off the rebound of a shot by Mark Ferner at 14:52 of the second period gave the Skipjacks a 4-3 lead. Joyce's goal with 41 seconds remaining in the second period boosted Baltimore into a 5-3 advantage.

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). . . . Seftel and Ferner rejoined the team from the Washington Capitals. . . . Former Skipjacks LW Corriveau started for Springfield. . . . 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.

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