Even Nighthawks can't shake Jacks' slumber

February 10, 1992|By James H. Jackson

The New Haven Nighthawks are one of the teams that the Skipjacks are supposed to beat.

New Haven, an independent club, has been struggling most of the season and has been begging and borrowing players from anywhere it can get them. The Nighthawks have two Washington Capitals' draft choices, goalie Byron Dafoe and right wing Andrei Kovalev.

However, New Haven dealt Baltimore its fifth loss in a row, 6-5 in overtime at the Baltimore Arena last night.

This stretched the Skipjacks' winless streak to seven (0-6-1), the longest of the season. The loss also kept Baltimore in last place in the Southern Division of the AHL.

David Latta scored the winning goal when he knocked the rebound of a shot by Al Tuer past goalie Ollie Kolzig at 1:22 of the extra period. Tuer shot from the left circle and Kolzig made the stop but could not control the puck and it dropped down into the crease, where Latta poked it into the net.

"I took the shot, and Kolzig made the save," said Tuer. "He tried to smother the puck against his chest, but it dropped down beside him and Latta had an easy chance."

Latta said: "[Trevor] Stineberg made the play, passing the puck from the point to Tuer, who took the shot. I was trailing the play, and Kolzig dropped the puck. All I had to do was bat it into the net."

Mark Ferner scored two goals for Baltimore and had an assist FTC while Brent Hughes, Todd Hlushko and Simon Wheeldon each scored once and Wheeldon had two assists.

John Anderson scored twice for New Haven, and Kent Hulst, Mike McEwen and Paul Willett also scored.

"I knew it would come down to the team that got the last shot," said New Haven coach Doug Carpenter. "It was a big weekend for us. We had two road victories, in Springfield and here. My goalie [George Maneluk] played an outstanding game. He faced a lot of shots, and he made some very big saves."

The Skipjacks took 57 shots at Maneluk, the most of the season by Baltimore.

Skipjacks coach Rob Laird was upset, but remained calm and said he saw some good things, despite the loss.

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