Jacks putting on elusive quest Down, 3-0, team now trails, 3-2

April 19, 1991|By Bill Free

The Baltimore Skipjacks apparently are serious about this miracle comeback stuff.

They've won two straight games and forced the front-running Binghamton Rangers to win Game 6 at the Baltimore Arena tonight at 7:30 to prevent a Game 7 tomorrow night in Binghamton, N.Y.

The Skipjacks are down, 3-2, in the best-of-seven American Hockey League Southern Division semifinal series, but suddenly there is talk about Baltimore's becoming only the third team in the 54-year history of the AHL to come back from a 3-0 deficit.

The Rochester Americans in 1960 and the Adirondack Red Wings in 1989 are the only two teams that have wiped out 3-0 leads in AHL playoff history.

Not one of the Baltimore Skipjacks will make any predictions about completing a miracle comeback but there is an air of confidence around the team.

In each of the two victories (6-5 Saturday night at the Baltimore Arena in Game 4 and 5-3 Wednesday night in Binghamton in Game 5), the Skipjacks feel they have proved important points.

"We showed we weren't going to tank Game 4," defenseman Chris Felix said. "And then we proved we could beat them on their small home ice in Game 5. We prefer the larger ice surface at the Baltimore Arena because we're a speed and finesse team."

Left wing Steve Seftel said the Baltimore rally has come as a result of a meeting after being down, 3-0, in the series.

Seftel said: "We had a 20-minute meeting to iron things out. You know like, 'What are we going to do here? Just pack it in in Game 4, throw our sticks on the ice and just quit, or are we going to go out and give our best shot and see what happens?' "

Right wing Jeff Greenlaw said, "It was like this: 'Either we can win, show a little pride, or we can lose and look like idiots the rest of the summer.' "

Skipjacks coach Rob Laird said yesterday that he didn't need to give the team any "big emotional speeches" before Game 5.

"We had a meeting Tuesday, watched game videos and put our game plan together," Laird said. "Our team has character. We had a huge challenge, and we've responded."

Alfie Turcotte, who had two assists in Game 5, sprained his right elbow early in the third period and had his arm in a sling after the game.

But Turcotte is expected to play tonight.

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