UTICA, N.Y. ` — UTICA, N.Y. -- Utica Devils goaltender Doug Dadswell didn't let his counterpart, the Baltimore Skipjacks' Olaf Kolzig, steal the show.
He didn't let the first-place Skipjacks steal away with a victory, either.
Baltimore did steal a point, the Skipjacks rallying for a 3-3 American Hockey League tie last night at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.
Dadswell, though, worked overtime to preserve the tie. He finished with 29 saves, 17 of them in the final 25 minutes as the Devils held on.
Baltimore's John Purves scored the tying goal with 7:27 remaining in regulation, but it was Kolzig's 36-save performance that helped keep the Skipjacks (18-14-4) in the game against the Devils (16-18-3).
"Our goalkeeper kept us in the game," said Skipjacks coach Robbie Laird. "That's been happening quite a bit, and sometimes it gives us a false sense of security. I just didn't like our intensity level. We got a 1-0 lead and our goaltender was playing well so everybody thought they were playing well, which wasn't really the case.
"They played the game in our end for the first 50 minutes and we played in their end for the last 15 minutes. When we decided to work, like in the last 10 minutes or so, we really took control. That's a lesson for us."
"Yeah, I was busy early," Kolzig said. "They came out strong. Then Dadswell kept them in there the last 10, 15 minutes. That's what goaltenders are for."
Simon Wheeldon and Bobby Reynolds scored Baltimore's first two goals. Brent Severyn, Jarrod Skalde and Matt Ruchty scored for the Devils.
"That was a funny game," said Utica coach Herb Brooks. "We were playing extremely well and we were down 2-1. In the last half-dozen minutes we might've frozen a little bit, and got a little scrambly, but you've also got to give Baltimore a lot of credit. There was a cause and an effect.
"I'd like to think we deserved the extra point [for a win], but give them some credit. All in all, it's a big point for our hockey club."
"Kolzig's the key to their one point," Ruchty said. "We got one point, but can you say we deserved two? I'd say we worked hard enough, but we didn't get it. That's the bottom line."
Utica trailed 2-1 entering the third period, but the Devils took their first lead when Skalde and Ruchty, both rookies, scored pretty goals 50 seconds apart.
Both goals were products of good, old-fashioned hard work. Skalde got a step on Skipjack defenseman Jim Mathieson and had an open net to slam the puck into thanks to Neil Brady, who made a perfect centering pass as Todd Hlushko checked him to the ice at 1:27 of the third.
The Devils then pounced on a turnover by Baltimore's Steve Martell and converted it into the go-ahead goal. Nifty passes by Jason Miller and Kevin Kerr set up Ruchty in front for his fourth goal of the season at 2:17.
Baltimore.. ..0.. .. 2.. .. 1.. ..0 -- 3
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First period--None. Penalties--Reynolds, Balt (interference), 1:27; Severyn, Ut (tripping), 5:12; Kuchyna, Ut (tripping), 8:53; Martell, Balt (elbowing), 11:53; Huard, Ut, major-game misconduct (high sticking, served by Ruchty), 11:53; Hlushko, Balt (tripping), 19:25.
Second period--1. Baltimore, Wheeldon 21 (Purves, Clarke), 2:10. 2. Baltimore, Reynolds 7 (Savage, Mathieson), 10:29. 3. Utica, Severyn 7 (Kerr), 17:36. Penalties--Walcott, Balt (misconduct), 3:05; Mathieson, Balt (slashing), 3:05; Martell, Balt (hooking), 5:08; Ferner, Balt (holding), 11:04.
Third period--4. Utica, Skalde 9 (Brady, McBride), 1:27. 5, Utica, Ruchty 4 (Kerr, Miller), 2:17. 6. Baltimore, Purves 21 (Vykoukal, Duncanson), 12:33. Penalties--Halverson, Balt (roughing), 8:20; Hankinson, Ut, double-minor (roughing), 8:20; Huscroft, Ut (cross checking), 13:01.
Shots on goal--Baltimore 6-8-15-0--32; Utica 12-17-9-1--39. Goalies--Baltimore, Kolzig 3-5-1 (39 shots-36 saves). Utica, Dadswell 1-2-1 ( 32-29). Power-play opportunities--Baltimore 0 for 5, Utica 0 for 5. A--2,307. Referee--Paul Devorski. Linesmen--Tim Kotyra, John Galipeau.