Jacks cut Rangers' series lead to 3-1 Felix's goal lifts Baltimore, 6-5

April 14, 1991|By James H. Jackson

The Baltimore Skipjacks are alive and breathing.

Needing a victory to avoid a quick exit from the American Hockey League's Calder Cup playoffs last night at the Baltimore Arena, the Skipjacks responded with a 6-5 victory over the Binghamton Rangers.

Chris Felix's power-play goal with 6 minutes, 42 seconds remaining broke a 5-5 tie. Felix scored on a slap shot from center point that went into the upper portion of the cage.

"We had just missed a scoring chance, and Reggie [Savage] got the puck behind the goal and passed it out to Mark [Ferner]," said Felix. "Ferner made a nice pass to me, and I was wide open. I just tried to hammer the puck on goal because I saw that [Sam] St. Laurent was screened. The puck took off, went over his left shoulder and onto the upper shelf."

The Rangers lead the Southern Division semifinal best-of-seven series, 3-1, with Game 5 in Binghamton, N.Y., Wednesday night.

Baltimore, playing before another small crowd -- 2,609, a total of 4,374 for two games at home -- wasted little time in grabbing the lead, with first-period goals by Bobby Reynolds, Alfie Turcotte, Ken Lovsin and Tyler Larter.

"We came out a lot better than in our first three games," said Turcotte, who had two goals. "We made things happen. We grabbed a four-goal lead and then lost it, but we had enough left to get the win."

Binghamton coach John Paddock replaced starting goalie Mark Laforest, the hero of the first three games of this series, with Sam St. Laurent, and Binghamton came battling back.

"If we could play every game the way we played the first period tonight, we would never lose," said Skipjacks coach Rob Laird. "We made a lot of hits, created turnovers and scored a lot of goals. [Goalie Jim] Hrivnak had a great first period. He kept us in the game with a couple of very big saves early before we got our offense rolling.

"Turcotte's line played a great game. Alfie scored couple of verbig goals for us, and his line seemed to set the tempo for us."

Goals by Joe Paterson and Rob Zamuner in the second period cut the lead to 4- 2.

Tie Domi, climaxing a two-on-one break, beat Hrivnak from the right circle to reduce the lead to 4-3 at 2:14 of the third period. Turcotte's goal at 3:38 restored the two-goal advantage. Turcotte picked up a loose puck in the slot and put a shot past St. Laurent.

Only two teams, the Adirondack Red Wings in 1989 and the Cleveland Barons, in 1956, have rebounded from a 0-3 deficit in ** the Calder Cup playoffs.

Binghamton 0 2 3 -- 5

Baltimore 4 0 2 -- 6

First period--1. Baltimore, Reynolds 1 (Greenlaw, Felix), 7:59; 2 Baltimore, Turcotte 2 (Purves, Maltais), 14:24; 3. Baltimore, Lovsin 1, pp, 17:25; 4. Baltimore, Larter 1 (Reynolds, Lovsin), 18:05. Penalties--Turcotte, Bal (tripping), 3:53; Greenlaw, Bal (roughing), 5:49; Domi, Bin (boarding), 8:28; Larter, Bal (high-sticking), 15:15; Bennett, Bin (boarding), 16:29; Germaine, Bin (tripping), 19:49.

Second period--5. Binghamton, Paterson 2 (Cichocki, Armstrong), 14:07; 6. Binghamton, Zamuner 3 (Laviolette), pp, 18:55. Penalties--Domi, Bin (cross-checking), 3:27; Turcotte, Bal (holding), 7:16; Domi, Bin (delay of game), 9:10; Murray, Bal (delay of game), 9:10; Domi, Bin (cross-checking), 13:39; Paynter, Bal (holding), 13:39; Seftel, Bal (slashing), 14:26; Murray, Bal (cross-checking), 14:58; Mathieson, Bal (delay of game), 18:02.

Third period--7. Binghamton, Domi 2 (McReynolds), 2:14; 8. Baltimore, Turcotte 3 (Greenlaw), 3:38; 9. Binghamton, Bennett 3 (Larose, Paddock), 8:58; 10. Binghamton, Fitzpatrick 1 (Hachborn, Djoos), 10:42; 11. Baltimore, Felix 1 (Ferner, Savage), pp, 13:18. Penalties--Laviolette, Bin (roughing), 2:41; Larter, Bal (roughing), 2:41; Hachborn, Bin (high-sticking), 5:13; Hachborn, Bin (roughing), 11:46; Murray, Bal (roughing), 11:46; Zamuner, Bin (roughing), 11:56; Bennett, Bin (roughing), 11:56; Maltais, Bal (roughing), 11:56.

Shots on goal--Binghamton 13-7-8-28. Baltimore 12-10-13-35Power-play opportunities--Binghamton 1 of 7. Baltimore 2 of 6. Goalies--Binghamton, Laforest 3-0 (12 shots, 8 saves). St. Laurent, 0-1, in at start of second (23-21). Baltimore, Hrivnak 1-2 (28-23). Att--2,609. Referee--Dave Jackson. Linesmen--Tim MacConaghy, Jay Sharrers.

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