Felix's back, and Jacks fans are on it

April 17, 1991|By Bill Free

His body is 90 percent, his mind is 110 percent and his heart is a little broken.

But Baltimore Skipjacks defenseman Chris Felix will be on the ice tonight (7:35, Broome County [N.Y] Veterans Memorial Arena) in Game 5 against the Binghamton Rangers, trying to keep his team alive in the best-of-seven American Hockey League Southern Division semifinal series. The Skipjacks trail, 3-1.

"The tough thing is I wanted to do more to help the team in the playoffs," Felix said yesterday. "I wanted to contribute more, but my leg isn't as healthy as it could be. I'm about 90 percent, and I want to give more than 100 percent."

Felix was out from Dec. 22 until Game 1 of the playoffs with a broken right ankle.

Felix said the hurt in his heart comes from the scattered boos he and the team have received at home during games 3 and 4.

"Some of the fans think I'm not trying," said Felix. "But they don't understand that Binghamton has been harder on me because of the ankle, and they know I'm one of the older guys [26] on the team. They concentrate on me and make me work hard for everything, and it's worked."

The Binghamton strategy backfired Saturday night, when Felix scored the game-winning goal 13 minutes, 18 seconds into the )) third period for a 6-5 Baltimore victory at the Baltimore Arena.

Skipjacks coach Rob Laird sees Felix "getting better and better" the longer the playoffs continue.

Meanwhile, Laird said Binghamton's cohesiveness might be hurt tonight by the addition of center Corey Millen and right wing Steven Rice from the New York Rangers.

"Those guys are skilled players," said Laird, "but you never know what effect it will have psychologically on the rest of the team when you bring in two players. They've been a good team without Millen and Rice."

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