Skipjacks streaking away from playoffs

March 16, 1992|By James H. Jackson | James H. Jackson,Staff Writer

The Skipjacks' winning ways didn't last long, and now they are on another losing streak -- with the longest road trip of the season coming up.

After three games without a loss, the Skipjacks dropped their second straight last night, 4-2, to the Adirondack Red Wings before 4,522 at the Baltimore Arena.

The loss, coupled with Utica's victory over the Rochester Americans, dropped Baltimore nine points behind the Devils in the race for the final Calder Cup playoff berth in the Southern Division.

The Skipjacks embark on a six-game trip to(the Maritime Provinces on Wednesday.

"We let down in the third period, we beat ourselves," said Skipjacks left wing Steve Seftel. "We had a power play with the score tied 2-2 and instead of getting a goal we gave up a short-handed goal and that was that. We worked hard, but we made a mistake and we lose."

Baltimore jumped to a 2-0 lead, but Adirondack came back in the second period to tie the game. Chris Tancill's short-handed breakaway goal at 17:17 of the third period broke the tie, and Mike Sillinger scored his third goal of the game into an empty net at 18:51.

"It's about time I started to score," said Sillinger. "I was in the right place at the right time. We have a lot of speed up front and we like to use our speed. It worked for us tonight."

Red Wings coach Barry Melrose said: "We tend to score a lot of short-handed goals [17 to lead the league] because we are aggressive on the penalty-killing. We like to attack. It's won us a few games and so far we haven't got hurt."

Skipjacks coach Barry Trotz had a different perspective on the short-handed goal.

"We did exactly what I told them not to do during the timeout

before our third-period power play," he said. "Adirondack tends to cheat on the power play, and I wanted to guard against any long passes.

"Simon Wheeldon tried to pass the puck and made a mistake. He's no rookie and should know better. I know he has won us a lot of games this year and will probably win us more, but there is no excuse for that. He made a bad pass, a bad decision. They get the short-handed goal, and it kills us."

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