The Skipjacks losing streak is beginning to get monotonous. No matter how well they play, the losses keep piling up.
Last night, before 4,633 at the Baltimore Arena, the Hershey Bears scored two short-handed goals in the third period to pull out a 5-4 AHL Southern Division victory.
The loss was the seventh in the row for the Skipjacks, and their winless streak ballooned to nine (0-8-1). The loss kept Baltimore in last place in the division.
The win was the third in a row for Hershey, which is 6-3-0 in the past nine games. The Bears lead the series with the Baltimore 6-3-2.
Simon Wheeldon scored twice for Baltimore and Craig Duncanson and Jiri Vykoukal had single goals. Hershey, which scored three short-handed goals and a power-play goal, received two goals from Martin Hostak and single ones from Tim Tookey, Jamie Cooke and Wes Walz.
Hershey's second short-handed goal of the game tied the score at 2:54 of the third period at 4. Wes Walz scored from close range on goalie Byron Dafoe after out-muscling a Skipjacks defender in the right circle.
Hostak's unassisted, short-handed goal off a bad pass in the Baltimore zone by Duncanson, put the Bears into a 5-4 lead with 4:22 remaining.
Tim Tookey's short-handed goal midway through the first period gave Hershey a 1-0 lead. A Hershey defender lofted the puck out of the Bears zone. Mark Ferner tried to get his glove on the puck, but Tookey picked it up and went in alone to beat Dafoe from close range.
The Skipjacks tied the score late in the period when Simon Wheeldon, just off the right goal post, knocked the rebound of a shot by Steve Seftel past goalie Dominic Roussel.
The score remaining tied as the teams traded goals in a 15-second span. Jamie Cooke scored for Hershey batting the rebound of a shot past Dafoe at 17:17 and Craig Duncanson put a wrist shot from the right circle past Roussel at 17:32.
Hershey regained the lead, 3-2, 44 seconds into the second period on Martin Hostak's power-play goal. Hostak scored from the right circle.
NOTES: G Byron Dafoe rejoined the Skipjacks last night from the New Haven Nighthawks where he was on loan. . . . G Shawn Simpson, who was activated earlier in the week as a backup to Ollie Kolzig, was scratched last night. . . .The Philadelphia Flyers recalled another Hershey Bear, RW Pat Murray, and now have six Bears on the parent club.