Red Wings hand Skipjacks first defeat, 4-3 Third-period goal lifts Adirondack

October 13, 1991|By Tim Leonard | Tim Leonard,Special to The Sun

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. -- The Baltimore Skipjacks have discovered early in the American Hockey League season that it's not how many, it's how.

Baltimore had been on the better side of three straight one-goal games to open the season. The Skipjacks were involved in another one-goal game last night in front of 4,119 at the Glens Falls Civic Center, but it wasn't like the others.

Sheldon Kennedy scored his second goal of the game with 6 minutes, 38 seconds remaining to give the Adirondack Red Wings a 4-3 win and hand Baltimore its first loss of the season.

Kennedy continued what has been a torrid season-opening run. The right wing scored two goals and now has a league-leading nine in four games.

Kennedy swooped in front to connect on Mike Sillinger's pass from behind the goal. The shot squeezed in between the left post and the skate of Baltimore goaltender Byron Dafoe to break a 3-3 tie and spoil a two-goal comeback by the Skipjacks.

"I don't mind the one-goal games because we've been successful in them," Skipjacks coach Rob Laird said. "Sheldon Kennedy, the way he's playing, he's got to get promoted. If not to Detroit, then someone has to be looking to make a trade for him."

John Purves scored his second goal of the game at 11:22 of the third period to tie the game at 3-3. Simon Wheeldon spotted Purves cruising alone at the high slot, and the right winger rifled a slap shot that went over the shoulder of goalie Scott King. It was his fifth goal of the season and fourth in two nights.

"He's been on a real roll all season long," Laird said of Purves. "He's got great shot. I don't think too many players shoot the puck better in our league."

The Skipjacks, who defeated Adirondack, 6-5, here Oct. 5, had cut the lead to 3-2 just 4:20 earlier. King made the save on Brent Hughes to thwart a two-on-one break, but Bobby Reynolds followed up the shot and chipped the rebound over the fallen King for his second goal of the season.

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