ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Baltimore's superb ability to kill penalties, rated second in the AHL going into last night's game against the Rochester Americans, failed the Skipjacks in a 3-3 tie at the War Memorial Auditorium.
Dave Baseggio scored the Amerks' third power goal in five opportunities at 16 minutes, 52 seconds of the third period, wiping out Reggie Savage's two goals that gave the Skipjacks their only lead of the game.
"You don't blame one part of the game," said Savage, who had scored goals 2:18 apart in the third period.
The Skipjacks, who had killed off 30 of their opponents' previous 32 man advantages, and 82 of 89, gave up goals on three of the Amerks' first four chances. They had another advantage for the final 1:35 of overtime when Jeff Greenlaw received a charging major for hitting goalie Dave Littman behind the net.
"We seemed to be a little bit overaggressive," coach Rob Laird said of the penalty-killers. "I think you have to give Rochester credit. They moved it around real well."
Baseggio's goal, with Jim Mathieson serving cross-checking and misconduct penalties, came after the Amerks moved the puck around the perimeter, spotting the defenseman at the top of the left faceoff circle.
It marked the fifth time the Jacks had given up three power-play goals this season.
"Look at the overall picture," Laird said. "We came from near the bottom of the pack to near the top of the pack. I still consider us a strong penalty-killing team."
The result left the Jacks (18-16-5) in tie for second place in the Southern Division. The Amerks (16-17-8) are tied for fourth.
The Skipjacks gained their points against the Amerks mostly without Savage's help. The right wing had only one assist before scoring his 25th and 26th goals in the the third period, giving him six in nine games.
He tied the game, 2-2, at 5:50 when he redirected Victor Gervais' shot from the point. He gave the Jacks a 3-2 lead when he took Trevor Halverson's shot off the post and slipped it under Littman. The Jacks, 0-11-0 when trailing after two periods, finally seemed to have something going.
"We got the two quick goals and kept pushing it," Savage said. "We took the penalty and they scored. We were a little down after that. They took control after that and played a good solid game. I'm a little bit disappointed for us."
Goalie Olaf Kolzig tried to keep the lead, stopping point-blank shots by Jason Winch and Peter Ciavaglia and steering rebounds to the corners.
The 21-year-old, who grew stronger and showed a quick glove as the game progressed, drew praise from Laird as something positive to come from the tie.
Baltimore 0 1 2 0 -- 3
Rochester 1 1 1 0 -- 3
First period--1, Rochhester, Rubachuk 11 (Ludzik, McSween) 3:36 (pp). Penalties--Mathieson, Balt (double minor-roughing), 1:56; Frawley, Roch (roughing), 1:56; Ludzik, Roch (slashing), 4:22; Hughes, Balt (holding), 12:15; Curran, Roch (hooking), 15:39; Hlushko, Balt (roughing), 18:09; Ludzik, Roch (double minor-roughing) 18:09.
Second period--2, Rochhester, Corkum 11 (Snell, McSween) 7:50 3, Baltimore, Chambers 1 (Duncanson, Reynolds) 12:35 (pp). Penalties--Gervais, Balt (holding), 2:38; Rubachuk, Roch (roughing), 2:38; R. Savage, Balt (slashing), 6:21; Rubachuk, Roch (double minor-high sticking), 10:08; Bergland, Balt (fighting), 12:05; Ruff, Roch (fighting), 12:05; Franceschetti, Roch cross-checking) 12:05; Halverson, Balt (roughing) 15:55; O'Donnell, Roch cross-checking) 15:55; McSween, Roch (holding), 19:43.
Third period--4, Baltimore, R. Savage 25 (Gervais) 5:50; 5, Baltimore, R. Savage 26 (Halverson, Chambers) 8;08; 6, Rochester, Baseggio 5 (Brown, Ciavaglia) 16:52 (pp). Penalties--Purves, Balt (cross-checking), 1:17; Mathieson, Balt (cross-checking, misconduct), 15:29.
Overtime--None. Penalties--Greenlaw, Balt (charging major) 3:35; Curran, Roch (roughing), 3:35.
Shots on goal--Baltimore 9-17-6-0--32. Rochester 11-8-17-4--40. Power-play opportunities--Baltimore 1 of 7; Rochester 3 of 5. Goalies--Baltimore, Kolzig 3-5-2 (40 shots-37 saves). Rochester, Littman 13-10-7 (32-29. A--6,258. Referee--Paul Devorski. Linesmen--Kevin O'Brien, Mike Smith.