The Baltimore Skipjacks games are becoming very repetitive. The Jacks start quickly, slow to a walk in the second period and then spend the third period trying to recover.
Lately, Baltimore has not been able to rally and usually ends up with a loss or tie.
Last night was no different as the Skipjacks took an early lead, lost it in a listless second period and the Rochester Americans went on to a 4-2 AHL victory before 3,252 at the Baltimore Arena.
The loss was the seventh in the last 10 games for Baltimore (1-7-2), which has not won at the Baltimore Arena since Dec. 8 when it defeated Rochester, 2-1. The Skipjacks are 0-11 in games in which they trailed after two periods.
Dave Littman was outstanding in the goal for Rochester and Darcy Loewen, Bob Corkum, Pete Ciavaglia and Dave Bassegio scored for the Americans. Bobby Reynolds and Trevor Halverson scored for the Skipjacks.
Despite the loss, the Skipjacks held on to a share of first place in the Southern Division.
Baltimore quickly gained the lead as Reynolds, steaming down the slot, took a pass from Simon Wheeldon and beat Littman from close range. It was Reynolds' eighth goal of the season.
A pair of goals in a 35-second span marked the end of a hard-hitting first period.
Loewen tied the score at 1 with a goal at 19:24. Greg Brown carried the puck down ice and fired a shot from the right circle that Skipjacks goalie Jim Hrivnak stopped. The rebound bounced out to the left circle, where Loewen, who was trailing the play, lifted the puck over Hrivnak's left shoulder.
The Skipjacks regained the lead with one second remaining in the period. During a goal-mouth melee, Halverson lifted the rebound of a shot by Victor Gervais over the prone Littman for a 2-1 lead.
Corkum, who was left unguarded, tied the game at 2 for the Amerks at 4:07 of the second period when he put a wrist shot from the left circle past Hrivnak.
An apparent goal by Reynolds at 7:12 was disallowed by referee Lance Roberts, who ruled the puck went off Roberts and into the cage.
Ciavaglia scored a short-handed goal at 14:08 of the second period to give Rochester its first lead of the game, 3-2. Lou Franceschetti stole the puck at center ice, fed Ciavaglia, who went in on Hrivnak and beat him from just off the crease.
Hrivnak kept the score from rising higher when he stopped Franceschetti on a short-handed breakaway with 23 seconds remaining in the second period.
The Skipjacks will now be idle until Friday at 7:35 p.m. when they will again play the Americans in Rochester. The next game at the Baltimore Arena will be a week from tonight against the Adirondack Red Wings.
Baltimore has drawn 57,636 to 18 games at the Baltimore Arena this season, an average of 3,202 a game. This ranks the Skipjacks ninth in the 15-team AHL. Rochester (5,870) leads the league and Hershey is second with a 5,282 average.
NOTES: The Skipjacks have recalled G Byron Dafoe from Hampton Roads of the ECHL and received D Shawn Chambers from the Washington Capitals on reconditioning assignment. Hrivnak returned to action after missing a game with a bruised arm. Missing for Baltimore were D Mark Ferner (pulled groin muscle), RW Steve Seftel (knee), D Bobby Babcock (wrist) and RW Jeff Greenlaw (shoulder). . . . Rochester was without RW Jod Gage, its leading scorer, and G Daren Puppa, both of whom have been recalled by Buffalo of the NHL. Also scratched by the Americans were C Steve Ludzik, D Chris Snell, D Bill Houlder, LW Jiri Sejba and RW Bob Fleming. . . . Former Skipjacks D Kent Paynter and RW Bob Joyce have been recalled from the Moncton Hawks by Winnipeg.