This was almost a flawless performance by the Baltimore Skipjacks.
Baltimore dominated the tough Springfield Indians for almost the entire 60 minutes last night and walked away with a 5-2 victory before 2,231 at the Baltimore Arena.
The win over the two-time defending Calder Cup champions ended a three-game winless streak at home for the Skipjacks. Baltimore was 0-2-1 in its past three games at the Arena before last night's game.
But the Skipjacks left little doubt early last night that they were on the way a win, erupting for three straight goals in the second period for a 4-1 lead.
Baltimore went on to out-shoot the reeling Indians, 44-23.
Simon Wheeldon, Craig Duncanson and John Purves scored second-quarter goals, and defender Ken Lovsin contributed two assists. Duncanson also had an assist in the second period.
Reggie Savage and Todd Hlushko added goals for Baltimore (5-3-1), which remained in first place in the Southern Division of the American Hockey League.
The Skipjacks received a second straight outstanding effort in the goal by Don Beaupre (21 saves). Beaupre came out of the two games against Springfield with a 1-0-1 record and appears to be ready for his scheduled start for the Washington Capitals Tuesday night against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
Springfield goalie Daryl Reaugh prevented the game from being a rout by making 39 saves.
Mike McHugh and Joe Day scored goals for the Indians.
Baltimore began to take control of the game, scoring two straight goals for a 3-1 lead at 12 minutes, 25 seconds of the second period.
Wheeldon sent the Skipjacks ahead, 2-1, at 2:11, when he scored from the slot off assists by Duncanson and Ken Lovsin.
Duncanson then scored a power-play goal at 12:25 for the 3-1 advantage.
But the Skipjacks weren't done and scored again with 15 seconds left in the second period to surge ahead, 4-1, at the end of the period.
Purves scored his sixth goal of the season as time was running out for the fourth goal.
Baltimore out-shot Springfield, 23-6, in the second period.
The first period featured an outstanding duel between two hot goaltenders and the result was a 1-1 tie at the end of the period.
Beaupre made four superb saves in a row for the Skipjacks midway through the period and wound up with 12 stops in the period.
Reaugh almost kept pace with Beaupre in the number of saves, making 10 in the first period. With four minutes left in the period, Reaugh made two nifty saves on shots from point-blank range by Brent Hughes and Trevor Halverson.
That enabled the Indians to get out of the first period with the 1-1 tie.
Savage had given the Skipjacks a 1-0 edge at 3:27 of the first period when he knocked in a rebound of a Hlushko shot.