TROY, N.Y. -- John Purves spent the afternoon watching Eric Lindros and the Canadian national team defeat Team USA in nearby Albany. Saturday night, Purves staged his own impersonation of Lindros by accumulating five points in powering the Baltimore Skipjacks to a 6-2 victory over the Capital District Islanders in an American Hockey League game.
Purves scored three goals and assisted on two more as the streaking Skipjacks won their fourth in a row and tied Capital District for the most points (32) in the league.
Purves, Baltimore's leading scorer, opened the scoring and never let up as the Skipjacks dominated an undermanned Islanders squad. The Islanders were forced to go with just three regular defensemen when three others were hurt in Friday's game against the Rochester Americans.