Right wing Reggie Savage said the Baltimore Skipjacks made too many fancy passes instead of going straight to the goal against the two-time defending Calder Cup champion Springfield Indians last night at the Baltimore Arena.
The result was a 3-3 tie before 2,454 in the first of back-to-bachome games against Springfield.
"We have to win at home," said Savage. "We need to win tonighto get some momentum at home because we have a long homestand coming up."
Baltimore is 0-2-1 in its past three home games, but coach RoLaird wasn't too unhappy after the tie.
"We missed the goal a few times, but I liked the way we kept oubody contact up the whole game," said Laird. "I keep track of the way we maintain body contact, and it was the best we've done this season."
Laird said Baltimore had to play tough physically to stay with thveteran Springfield team.
"They had one rookie out there, and we had seven," said Laird"And we lost two forwards [Richie Walcott and Trevor Halverson] in the first period for game misconducts. That hurt our game plan when we lost those two guys."
Laird said his team was intense throughout the game and durinSunday's 3-2 victory on the road against the New Haven Nighthawks.
"Those are the two games I'm looking at more than the last threat home," said Laird. "Our work ethic has been good the last two games, and as long as we keep that up, we'll be OK."
Baltimore got a lot of help from goaltender Don Beaupre, whmade 25 saves in his second game for the Skipjacks.
Beaupre made a key save on a four-on-two break by Springfielin the five-minute sudden-death overtime period, stopping Kerry Russell's shot from point-blank range at 1 minute, 50 seconds of the overtime period.
That was the only shot Springfield took in overtime, comparewith four shots by the Skipjacks.
Baltimore had a chance to win the game with 1:01 left in overtime when left wing Bobby Reynolds was in the middle of a three-on-two break.
But Reynolds tried to pass the puck to the right wing, and it waintercepted by Springfield.
"We need to take the puck straight to the net and hope for rebound on a play like that," said Savage.
Baltimore had taken a 3-2 lead at 10:25 of the third period on goal by Brent Hughes that incensed Springfield's Joe Day.
Day hit his stick against the glass and then threw it toward thwall.
But Springfield tied the game at 3 on a goal by Shawn Evans a12:31 of the third period, the score that eventually forced the overtime period.
%Springfield. 1 1 1 0 -- 3
Baltimore... 1 1 1 0 -- 3
First period--1. Springfield, Corriveau 1 (Chapman, Baca), 6:13. 2. Baltimore, Mathieson 1 (Wheeldon), 16:07. Penalties--Corriveau, Spring. (interference), 2:50; Hlushko, Balt. (elbowing), 7:58; Yake, Spring. (holding), 8:53; Brauer, Spring. (holding), 11:20; Wheeldon, Balt. (interference), 13:52; Brauer, Spring. (roughing), 17:42; Stevens, Spring. (roughing), 17:42; Gosselin, Spring. (leaving crease), 17:42; Taylor, Balt. (roughing), 17:42; Walcott, Balt. (2-min. charging, game misconduct), 17:42; Halverson, Balt. min. fighting, game misconduct), 17:42; Humeniuk, Spring. (5-min. fighting), 19:31; Martell, Balt. (5-min. fighting), 19:31.
Second period--3. Baltimore, Duncanson 4 (Clarke, Purves), 4:07; Springfield, McHugh 1 (Evans, Tomlak), pp, 9:31. Penalties--Reynolds, Balt. (hooking), 8:47; Brauer, Spring. (roughing), 11:05; Baca, Spring. (high sticking), 14:25; Martell, Balt. (high sticking), 14:25.
Third period--5. Baltimore, Hughes 2 (Taylor), 10:25; 6Springfield, Evans 1 ( Corriveau, Russell), 12:31. Penalties--none.
Shots on goal--Springfield 9-10-8-1--28; Baltimore 9-6-9-4--28. Power-play opportunities--Springfield 1 of 4; Baltimore 0 for 4. Goalies--Springfield, Gosselin (28 shots, 25 saves); Baltimore, Beaupre (28 shots, 25 saves); A--2,454; Referee--Dave Jackson. Linesmen--Matt Dunne, Brett Parson.
Opponent: Springfield Indians
Site: Baltimore Arena, 7:30
Radio: WYST (1010 AM)
Outlook: This is the second game in 24 hours at home for the Skipjacks against the 2-time defending Calder Cup champion Indians. The weekend series is a good test for Baltimore, which has been streaky (3 wins to open season and then 3 straight losses) in the early going. Springfield has three of the top 18 scorers in the AHL in D Shawn Evans (0-11--11), C Joe Day (6-4-10) and RW Chris Tancill (5-5--10). Baltimore entered the Springfield series with no injuries, prompting the team to assign G Byron Dafoe, D Jari Yykoukai, C Victor Gervais and C Harry Mews to Hampton Roads of the ECHL this week so they can get more playing time.