Late Rangers goal beats Skipjacks, 5-4 Binghamton is 7-0-2 in past nine games

February 02, 1992|By Paul Stuart | Paul Stuart,Special to The Sun

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. B — BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Jody Hull scored with 4:45 left in the game to give the Binghamton Rangers a 5-4 American Hockey League victory over the Baltimore Skipjacks last night in front of a sellout crowd of 4,803 at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.

The Rangers' unbeaten streak moved to nine (7-0-2) as Southern Division-leading Binghamton hit the 60-point mark. The Rangers are 13-2-4 in their last 19. The Skipjacks fell 10 points behind the Rangers.

"It's tough when it could have been six points, and instead it's 10. We just have to move on now," Skipjacks coach Rob Laird said.

Hull's goal was set up by Don Biggs, who skated around the net and sent the puck out front to Hull, who put it underneath goalie Olaf Kolzig.

"Hull just went strong to the net. It was a strong finish," Laird said.

Don Biggs one-timed a pass from Jeff Bloemberg past goalie Kolzig for a 4-3 Binghamton lead at 6:13 of the third period.

Baltimore's Tim Taylor scored at 10:48 of the third period to tie the game at 4. The game was deadlocked at 3 heading into the third period.

Baltimore went up 2-1 at 8:13 of the second period when Craig Duncanson turned a giveaway in front of the net into his 15th goal of the season. Skipjacks forward John Purves chased Binghamton defenseman John Mokosak out from behind the net and hooked his waist in front of the net. Mokosak fell down and Duncanson fired the puck past goalie Boris Rousson.

The Rangers tied the game just under three minutes later, when Ross Fitzpatrick beat Kolzig on a breakaway at 10:58. With the Rangers on the power play and the puck along the boards at center ice, Rob Zamuner found Fitzpatrick alone at the blue line. Fitzpatrick skated in and held the puck until Kolzig went down, and then put it high in the corner for his 22nd goal of the season.

Baltimore's Reggie Savage banged in a rebound on the power play for his 30th goal of the season as the Skipjacks took a 3-2 lead at 16:44 of the second.

Just 22 seconds later, Binghamton left wing Mike Stevens beat Kolzig between the pads on a dipping shot from high in the slot.

The Rangers controlled the play early in the first period and took a 1-0 lead when defenseman Eric Germain scored his second goal of the week and season at 6:21. Biggs' pass into the slot went past Rick Bennett, who was in front of Kolzig. Germain took the puck off the boards in the back of the circle and beat Kolzig with a shot over the goalie's left shoulder.

The Skipjacks tied the game on Brent Hughes' 23rd goal of the season at 11:31.

Purves, in the high slot, found Simon Wheeldon cutting alone toward the net. Wheeldon's two backhand swipes were stopped by Rousson. But as Germain bumped Wheeldon into Rousson in the crease, Hughes slapped the puck into the corner to Rousson's left.

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