SPRINGFIELD, MASS. PVB — SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- With 1:02 remaining in last night's game, the Baltimore Skipjacks caught Springfield center Denis Chalifoux using an illegal stick.
The penalty came too late, as the rookie scored two goals to pace the Indians to a 5-2 triumph before 4,900 at the Civic Center. The loss broke a three-game undefeated string for Baltimore.
Chalifoux, who has scored five goals in the past four games after sitting out five games, got an insurance goal with 5:19 remaining after Shawn Evans had broken a 2-2 tie at 7:28 of the second period.
An early penalty cost the Jacks a power play, and the Indians capitalized with a goal. A double-minor late in the second period nullified a potential 3:56 power play.
The Indians took a 1-0 lead at 2:45 of the first period on Terry Yake's goal.
The score came after a goaltender interference call on Steve Seftel negated a Skipjacks power play.
That put the teams at four a side, and Yake broke into the Baltimore zone, put a fake on defenseman Dennis Smith and held the puck before beating goaltender Byron Dafoe to the stick side for his 17th of the season.
The Jacks had their best scoring chances later in the period, but Springfield's Mario Gosselin showed why his 25 victories lead the AHL. He made a big save on Reggie Savage on a power play after the Baltimore center was set up by Simon Wheeldon at 6:18 and robbed Jim Mathieson with a chest save from 15 feet out at 10:51.
"Mario Gosselin came up big when he had to. We stormed the net a few times," said Baltimore coach Barry Trotz. "If we could have put the puck in the net on any of them, the results could have been different."
Chalifoux gave the Indians a 2-0 lead at 6:14 of the second period. He made the initial shot and headed for the net, and Daniel Shank got the rebound and set up Chalifoux at the right side of the net.
Jason Woolley finally put one by Gosselin, as he skated through the Springfield team for an unassisted goal at 14:32 of the second period to cut the Indians' lead to 2-1. Woolley, the Canadian Olympian, picked up a loose puck, went around several Indians and caught Gosselin backing up and slid the puck under him for his first goal.
"We were down 2-0 and came back. I thought it was a pretty decent effort," Trotz said. "They got a lot of speed and they're pretty relentless when they get the lead. I thought we skated with them. We're fighting for our lives trying for the playoffs."
Later in the period, John Purves and Tim Taylor skated in on a 2-on-1 and Purves took the shot, but Gosselin made a skate save to reject the scoring bid.
The Jacks had an excellent chance to catch Springfield late in the second period. While killing a slashing penalty to Ken Sabourin called at 17:33, Tim Taylor was speared by Yake, a major penalty. That would have given Baltimore a man advantage for 3:56, but Mathieson was detected holding at 19:18. He was given an additional minor penalty for mouthing off to referee Paul Devorski and that canceled all but 19 seconds of Yake's penalty.
Sabourin connected when the teams were playing four-on-four, as he fired a low, 45-footer into a screen that eluded Gosselin to the stick side.
Baltimore 0 1 1 -- 2
Springfield 1 1 3 -- 5
First period--1, Springfield, Yake 17 (Govedaris, Gosselin), 2:45. Penalties--Chapman, Spr (cross-checking), 1:26; Seftel, Bal (goaltender interference), 1:44; Greig, Spr (slashing), 4:47; Wheeldon, Bal (goaltender interference), 11:47; Daniels, Spr (roughing), 11:47.
Second period--2, Springfield, Chalifoux 15 (Shank), 6:14. 3, Baltimore, Woolley 1, 14:32. Penalties--Sabourin, Bal (roughing), 8:05; Shank, Spr (roughing), 8:05; Suomalainen, Spr (interference), 8:05; Mathieson, Bal (roughing), 11:19; Sabourin, Bal (slashing), 17:33; Yake, Spr major-game misconduct (spearing) served by Daniels, 18:37; Mathieson, Bal double-minor (holding, unsportsmanlike conduct), 19:18.
Third period--4, Baltimore, Sabourin 3 (Woolley, Taylor), :35. 5, Springfield, Evans 10 (Shank, Picard), 7:28 (pp). 6, Springfield, Chalifoux 16 (Cyr, Greig), 14:41. 7, Springfield, Picard 13, 19:23 (en). Penalties--Seftel, Bal (slashing), 5:15; Greig, Spr (slashing), 5:15; Sabourin, Bal (interference), 6:58; Picard, Spr (slashing), 8:54; Savage, Bal (holding), 17:31; Chalifoux, Spr (illegal stick), 18:58.
Shots on goal--Baltimore 13-12-12--37; Springfield 9-14-8--31. Power-play opportunities--Baltimore 0 of 5; Springfield 1 of 6. Goalies--Baltimore, Dafoe 9-4-3 (36 shots-33 saves); Springfield, Gosselin 25-11-5 (31-29). A--4,900. Referee--Paul Devorski. Linesman--David Butova, Glen Cooke.