Skipjacks' losing streak now at eight

February 13, 1992|By Paul Stuart | Paul Stuart,Special to The Evening Sun

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- The Baltimore Skipjacks' 7-4 loss to the Binghamton Rangers last night fits an ugly pattern.

A bad bounce, a debatable call and the Skipjacks are now winless in eight games (0-7-1).

"I've seen strange games all year long," Baltimore coach Rob Laird said. "I can't tell you how excruciating it has been. I've had more of these games this year than in my entire [coaching] career."

Down two goals in the second period, the Rangers scored five third-period goals to rally for the win.

Joe Paterson scored on a two-on-one break for a 4-3 Binghamton lead at 5 minutes, 42 seconds of the third.

Seven seconds later, Murray Duval sent the puck around the boards from the faceoff, and for the second time of the night it took a strange bounce out of the corner, leading to a goal. This time, the puck caromed toward the crease and goalie Olaf Kolzig, who was going in back of the net to take the puck, reached back and accidentally deflected the puck into the net for a 5-3 Binghamton lead.

"That's the one that really hurt," Laird said. "Those things shouldn't happen."

Baltimore's Craig Duncanson and Binghamton's Doug Weight exchanged goals in the final 10 minutes to make it 6-4 before Mike Hurlbut added an empty-net goal with 19 seconds left.

With the Rangers down, 3-2, early in the third period, Don Biggs scored on a power play at 1:54 to tie the game. The power play was created when referee Dave Jackson whistled Mark Ferner for delay of game for covering the puck along the boards, although Ferner was still moving.

"I haven't seen that called all year long," Laird said.

After Rick Bennett's goal had given the Rangers a 1-0 lead early in the first period, the Skipjacks scored three unanswered goals -- two short-handed -- to take a 3-1 lead.

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