Quenneville lifts Skipjacks to 5-5 tie

March 15, 1991|By Gene O'Donnell | Gene O'Donnell,Special to The Sun

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Joel Quenneville has a reputation as a stay-at-home defenseman, but to the Springfield Indians he has been pretty offensive.

Quenneville lifted the Baltimore Skipjacks to a 5-5 tie last night as he scored his fifth goal of the season at 11 minutes, 7 seconds of the final period.

Last Friday, Quenneville scored the tying goal against the Indians to set up Mark Ferner's game-winner to start the Jacks' 4-0-1 streak on the road.

After an odyssey that took the Skipjacks from Springfield to Hershey, New Haven, Newmarket and back to Springfield again in six days, the team had four consecutive victories before this game.

Quenneville struck from the left circle and fired through the pads of Springfield goaltender Rick Knickle.

"Joel has scored a couple of big goals in this building," said SkipJacks coach Rob Laird. "He does an excellent job of killing penalties. We don't ask him to provide offense for us, but he has on occasion. He has scored some very big goals for us.

"I'm proud of the way we've bounced back. We had five games in seven days covering 3,300 miles and we took nine of 10 points."

Quenneville said: "We'll take the nine [points] out of 10. We went through a bad spell there. Now I've got my quota [of goals] for the season."

Joe Day and Blair Atcheynum had third-period goals 1:13 apart to give the Indians a 5-4 lead before Quenneville's goal.

The Skipjacks spotted Springfield an early two-goal lead on scores by Dale Henry and Chris Tancill in the opening period, then rallied to take a 3-2 lead. Ken Lovsin and Rob Murray scored 15 seconds apart to put Baltimore ahead.

The Indians scored on the power play at 1:44 of the second period, as Springfield defenseman Todd Richards fired a 45-footer from the high slot and beat Hrivnak for his ninth of the season. Taylor was serving a holding penalty called with 10 seconds remaining in the opening period.

Ken Paynter gave the Skipjacks the lead again 11:57 with Baltimore's third power-play goal, nine seconds after Mikael Andersson was whistled for hooking.

Just as he had on two earlier goals, Ferner took the big shot from the blue line and it hit Paynter's stick and hopped over Knickle to make it 4-3.

Joe Day and Blair Atcheynum scored to give the Indians the lead before Quenneville scored the game-tying goal.

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