BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Guy Larose scored a hat trick, and the Binghamton Rangers bolted to a 6-2 victory over the Baltimore Skipjacks at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena last night.
The Skipjacks, in third place in the American Hockey League's Southern Division, fell five points behind the second-place Rangers. Baltimore is 31-27-5.
Larose scored a goal in each period to boost his total to 26, including 13 since he was acquired in a trade 16 games ago.
Larose scored 19 seconds into the third period to give the Rangers a 3-1 lead. Steve Maltais answered at the eight-minute mark to make it 3-2, but Binghamton's Jeff Bloemberg scored at 12:05 and it was 4-2.
Joe Paterson then scored two goals 29 seconds apart on identical two-on-one feeds from Rob Zamuner to put the game away.
The Skipjacks were outshot, 38-30. Sam St. Laurent made 27 saves for the Rangers, and Shawn Simpson had 31 for Baltimore.
Larose scored his third goal of the night and 27th of the season 19 seconds into the third period.
Binghamton moved out to a 2-0 lead at 11:54 of the second period when Larose scored his second goal off a scramble in the slot.
With the puck in the crease area and Simpson on his back, several Rangers kept poking at the loose puck. Play stopped momentarily, but Larose spotted the puck behind Simpson and knocked it in as the goal cage was jarred loose.
Baltimore cut the margin to one when Steve Seftel scored on a rebound at 18:37 of the second period. The Skipjacks were on a power play that resulted from Binghamton's Brian McReynolds being called for a high-sticking double minor. McReynolds inadvertently clipped Baltimore's Mark Ferner in the face behind the Skipjacks' goal. Ferner was down for several minutes and left the ice with help from teammates.
The Rangers led, 1-0, after one period on a goal by Larose, who scored after taking a touch pass from Ross Fitzpatrick in the slot and sliding it under Simpson at 5:58.