SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Craig Duncanson scored two goals and Jim Hrivnak made 35 saves last night to lead the Baltimore Skipjacks to a 5-3 American Hockey League victory over the Springfield Indians before 7,291 fans at the Springfield Civic Center.
The Skipjacks foiled all but one of seven Springfield power plays, including three during the third period, as the Indians pressed for the equalizer.
"We've been working on our penalty-killing all week, and it paid off," said Skipjacks coach Rob Laird.
After Duncanson collected his second goal of the game at 7 minutes, 15 seconds of the third period to give the Skipjacks a 4-2 lead, Springfield pulled to within one goal at 10:56 when Todd Richards scored.
Springfield pulled Daryl Reaugh during the final minute, but Brent Hughes scored into an empty net with four seconds remaining. Moments before the goal, Hrivnak robbed Mike Tomlak from point-blank range.
"We played a good road game against a tough team like Springfield. They were all over us in the second period," said Laird. "[Hrivnak] kept us in the game during the second period.
"[Duncanson]'s come up big for us all year. That was his fourth game-winner."
Reggie Savage scored with 3:18 remaining in the second period to give the Skipjacks a 3-2 lead.
Savage redirected a shot by Wade Bartley past Reaugh for his sixth goal. The goal came moments after Hrivnak made a brilliant save off Springfield's Yvon Corriveau.
Springfield tied the score at 2 at 6:28 of the second period on Kerry Russell's second goal. John Stevens fired a drive from the right point that Russell tipped past Hrivnak.
The Indians opened the scoring late in the first period with a power-play goal.
@Baltimore 2 1 2 -- 5
Springfield 1 1 1 -- 3
First period--1, Springfield, Evans 2 (McHugh, Chalifoux), pp, 17:26. 2, Baltimore, Duncanson 6 (Lovsin, Purves), pp, 18:43. 3, Baltimore, Taylor 2 (Martel, Hughes), 19:29. Penalties--Black, Spr, slashing), 0:45; Reaugh, Spr, (delay, served by Tancill), 2:26; Mathieson, Bal, (tripping), 10:49; Martel, Bal, (roughing), 11:46; Baca, Spr, double-minor (high-sticking, roughing), 11:46; Martel, Bal, (interference) 17:07; Tomlak, Spr, (hooking), 17:37.
Second period--4, Springfield, Russell 2 (Stevens, Richards), 6:28. 5, Baltimore, Savage 6 (Bartley, Sabourin), 16:42. Penalties--Sabourin, Bal, (tripping), 2:14; Baca, Spr, (cross-checking), 14:41; Yake, Spr, (slashing), 18:45.
Third period--6, Baltimore, Duncanson 7 (Wheeldon, Purves), 7:15. 7, Springfield, Richards 1 (Black, Chapman), 10:56. 8, Baltimore, Hughes 4 (Taylor), 19:56. Penalties--Sabourin, Bal, (high-sticking), 3:34; Hlushko, Bal, (slashing), 7:45; Hughes, Bal, (slashing), 14:56.
Shots on goal--Baltimore 15-14-8--37; Springfield 7-15-16--38.Power-play opportunities--Baltimore 1 of 4; Springfield 1 of 7.Goalies--Baltimore, Hrvinak, 38 shots, 35 saves; Springfield, Reaugh, 37, 32.A--7,291. Referee--Lance Roberts. Linesmen--Bill Morrissey, Frank Quigley.
Opponent: Maine Mariners
Site: Civic Center, Portland, Maine, 7:35
Radio: WYST (1010 AM)
Outlook: The Skipjacks will play the Mariners tonight and tomorrow, wrapping up a 3-game trip in 3 days. The Mariners' leading scorer, Chris Winnes, has been recalled by Boston. The Bruins have sent D Bob Beers and D Brad Tiley to Maine. RW Bob Sweeney, who originally balked at reporting to the Mariners, changed his mind yesterday after Bruins announced they would suspend him.