Purves shoots Jacks past Isles, 6-2

December 08, 1991|By Buzz Gray | Buzz Gray,Special to The Sun

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.

Purves scored his 13th, 14th and 15th goals and set up Simon Wheeldon for two more in his most productive night as a pro.

The game marked the third and final regular-season visit here for the Skipjacks, who won the last two. The teams will meet three times in Baltimore.

The battle of division leaders was decided in the second period when Baltimore (15-8-2) outscored Capital District (13-6-6) by three goals and outshot it 18-6.

The Skipjacks, leaders of the Southern Division, also extended their tight defensive play -- killing off six power plays. That makes 28 in a row over six games for Baltimore, which handed the Islanders their first home loss here two weeks ago.

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