The Hershey Bears scored three third-period goals last night at the Arena to defeat the Skipjacks, 4-2.
The victory was the second in a row for Hershey over the Skipjacks and evened the season series at 2-2-1. The win also cut Baltimore's AHL Southern Division lead to four points over second-place Hershey.
Len Barrie's slap shot from the left circle with 14 minutes, 14 seconds remaining in the third period, broke a 2-2 tie. Al Conroy won a faceoff in the right circle and the puck went back to Darren Rumble at the point. Rumble passed the puck across ice to Barrie who one-timed a shot past goalie Jim Hrivnak.
The Skipjacks entered the third period with a 2-1 lead on goals by John Purves and Reggie Savage. Eric Dandenault tied the score at 8:32 of the third period when he was left unguarded in the slot and beat Hrivnak from close range.
Chris Jensen ended the scoring with an empty net goal at the 19:34 mark of the third period.
Savage's goal was his sixth of the season and his 10th point
against Hershey. He has 16 goals in his two seasons with the Skipjacks against the Bears.
"I don't know why I score so well against Hershey," said Savage. "It isn't that I try any harder or do anything differently. It just seems I find the net when I play against them."
Mike Stothers gave Hershey a 1-0 lead midway through the first period when he scored from the slot on a pass from Pat Murray.
Purves tied the score with 59 seconds remaining in the first period by deking his defenseman in the left circle and sliding the puck between the pads of goalie Ray Letour neau.
Reggie Savage broke the tie at 15:09 of the second period with a back-hand shot from just off the right goal post that went over Latourneau's left shoulder.
NOTES: The Skipjacks have recalled C Victor Gervais from the ECHL Hampton Roads Admirals and returned LW Dave Morissette to the Admirals. RW Richie Walcott had his suspension rescinded by the AHL because his game misconduct penalties were decided to be of a kind not to warrant a suspension. . . . G Dominic Roussel was supposed to join Hershey on assignment from the Philadelphia Flyers, but failed to arrive last night. . . . The Skipjacks ranked ninth in the AHL in attendance averaging 3,046 a game at the Baltimore Arena. The Rochester Americans lead with 5,857 and Hershey is second with 4,931.