Springfield tops Jacks, 5-3, with 4-goal second

January 26, 1992|By Gene O'Donnell | Gene O'Donnell,Special to The Sun

SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Paul Cohen came off the bench for Springfield and inspired the Indians, as they built a four-goal uprising in the second period into a 5-3 victory over the Baltimore Skipjacks at the Springfield Civic Center last night.

Cohen made 18 saves after relieving starter Lance Madsen after the Skipjacks took a 2-0 lead at 8 minutes, 29 seconds of the opening period.

Neither starter went the distance, as Olaf Kolzig came off the bench to relieve Jim Hrivnak after Springfield had taken a 3-2 lead at 9:29 of the second period.

Mike Tomlak had a goal and an assist for Springfield and Michel Picard had a goal and two assists. Simon Wheeldon was the Skipjacks only multiple point scorer with two assists.

The Skipjacks, who entered the game with a 2-0-1 record against Springfield, came out fast and took a 2-0 lead in the first 20 minutes on goals by Brent Hughes and Reggie Savage.

Hughes scored his 21st at 5:45 as he blasted a 55-footer past Madsen. Wheeldon set up the tally with a nice pass from the sideboards to Hughes as he cruised into the Indians' zone and he got off his shot quickly.

Savage put the Skipjacks up by 2, 2:44 later as he scored from a jam-up in front of Madsen. Chris Clarke got off a shot and Savage pounced on the rebound and knocked it in.

That sent Madsen to the bench in favor of Cohen, who joined the Indians on a professional tryout Friday after Mario Gosselin suffered a groin injury. Cohen had been playing for Nashville in the East Coast Hockey League.

Springfield roared back in the second period with four consecutive goals to take a 4-2 lead by the 10:32 mark, but the Skipjacks cut the margin to 4-3 on Trevor Halverson's ninth at 14:04.

Picard, who set a Tribe record last season with 56 goals, scored his first in a dozen games since being assigned to Springfield from the Hartford Whalers.

Picard had just missed a half-empty net as he shot wide, but the rebound came off the backboard and stayed in play. Picard had another chance and didn't miss as he beat Baltimore starter Hrivnak at the 29-second mark.

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