Skipjacks' power play shorts out during 3-3 tie

January 11, 1992|By Patti Singer | Patti Singer,Special to The Sun

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The Baltimore power play, rated second in the league going into last night's game against the Rochester Americans, failed the Skipjacks in a 3-3 tie at War Memorial Auditorium.

Dave Baseggio scored the Amerks' third power goal in four opportunities at 16:52 of the third period after Rggie Savage had scored two goals in 2:18 in the third period to give the Skipjacks their first lead, 3-2.

Baseggio scored the top of the left face-off circle with Jim Mathieson serving cross-checking and misconduct penalties.

Overtime ended with the Jacks (18-16-5) down a man as Jeff Greenlaw, in his first game since Nov. 24 because of shoulder and back injuries, banished for charging goaltender Dave Littman.

The Amerks held a 2-1 lead after a physical second period in which each team scored a goal.

The Amerks took a 2-0 lead at 7:50 when Bob Corkum beat Olaf Kolzig with a wrist shot from the right face-off circle. For the Skipjacks, who entered the game second in the league at killing penalties and had stopped 30 of their opponents' previous 32 chances, it was the second power-play goal they surrendered last night.

The Jacks finally beat Littman at 12:35 of the period near the end of a two-man advantage. Shawn Chambers scored his first of the season on a rising slap shot from the middle of the ice, five feet inside the blue line.

The Jacks had the advantage after Rubachuk took a double-minor and Lou Franceschetti a penalty for cross-checking play degenerated to a slogging pace as sticks came up, bodies went down, and whistles disrupted the rhythm.

Referee Paul Devorski called 10 penalties in the period -- including three coincidental and two fighting.

The Jacks took 17 shots in the period against Littman, who was at his finest on a flurry started when Simon Wheeldon skipped past the defense and broke in alone. Littman stopped a couple of rebounds, and the Jacks didn't get another sustained attack until the 5-on-3.

The Skipjacks' penalty killers received their first test early, when Mathieson took a double-minor for roughing with Dan Frawley at 1:56.

Near the end of the advantage, Amerks defenseman Don McSween kept a bouncing puck in at the blue line. Kolzig made the save, but lost track of the rebound. Rubachuk picked it up at the left side of the net, skated across the crease and lifted a backhander over the fallen goaltender for a 1-0 lead.

Kolzig faced 11 shots in the period. He stopped Chris Snell's slap shot on another Rochester power play, and short-handed chances by Jason Winch and Lindy Ruff.

Kolzig also benefited from the Amerks' bad aim. Snell and Winch had him out of position and most of the net to shoot at, but missed the net.

The Skipjacks had trouble getting through the defense in front of Littman. Twice they had the goalie beat, but his defense rescued him by sweeping away the puck. Their best chances came from Bobby Reynolds and Tim Bergland.

NOTES: G Jim Hrivnak is expected back for tonight's game at home against Adirondack . . . With the addition of C Bergland and D Chambers on conditioning assignment, the Skipjacks left C Tim Taylor and RW Richie Walcott home. Defenseman Chris Clarke and RW Steve Martell did not play last night . . . Amerks C Steve Ludzik played his first game since injuring his shoulder Dec. 8 in Baltimore on a check by Todd Hlushko. The 2 tussled in front of the Rochester goal late in the first period after being separated on a face-off about five minutes earlier in the Baltimore end . . . The Amerks scratched LW Darcy Loewen.

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