What a difference a day makes.
Friday night, the Baltimore Skipjacks trounced the New Haven Nighthawks, 8-3, scoring almost at will in the third period.
Yesterday, less than 24 hours later, the Nighthawks edged the Skipjacks, 3-2, before 3,617 at the Baltimore Arena, as the Skipjacks couldn't buy a goal in the third period.
The loss ended the Skipjacks' three-game winning streak and was Baltimore's third loss in 11 home games.
"We didn't have a very good first period," said Skipjacks coacRob Laird. "New Haven killed off five of our power plays in the first 20 minutes, and that seemed to give them life."
New Haven, winning for only the fifth time in 18 games, got a pair of goals from Brad Turner and one from Brian Dobbin.
The Nighthawks also got an excellent game in the goal from George Maneluk, who was chased by the Skipjacks in the third period Friday night. Maneluk made 24 saves, including several big stops in the third period, as Baltimore mounted a last-ditch attack.
"I was seeing the puck well, and my defense did a great job in front of me," Maneluk said. "It makes it a lot easier if your defense is doing the job."
"[Maneluk] made some very big saves," said Baltimore defenseman Mark Ferner. "We were out of sync today, especially with our passes. We just couldn't seem to get anything going offensively."
The Skipjacks got a pair of goals from Brent Hughes, who had a hat trick Friday night, but Baltimore could not get the equalizer, despite pulling goalie Byron Dafoe with 57 seconds remaining.
OC "We just didn't execute as well as we should have," said Laird.