MONCTON, New Brunswick -- The Skipjacks' woes continued last night as they lost an 8-3 decision to the Moncton Hawks before 5,880 at the Moncton Civic Center.
The defeat stretched Baltimore's winless streak to nine games, including its six-game trip to the Maritime Provinces, prompting coach Barry Trotz to hold a closed door meeting afterward, which lasted about an hour after the final buzzer.
The Skipjacks showed some fire in the opening period against the Hawks, battling back from a 3-0 deficit to pull even. But their offense went into reverse and Moncton scored five unanswered goals.
Rookie Stu Burnes paced Moncton with three goals and an assist, and former Skipjack Rob Murray chipped in with two goals. Mark Kupel, Jason Cirone and Ross Romanik each scored for the Hawks.
The Skipjacks were paced by John Purves, who scored his 40th goal of the season. Simon Wheeldon and Dennis Smith also scored for Baltimore.
The Skipjacks quickly fell behind 3-0, as Moncton did its scoring within a 49-second period -- Kupel scoring at 2:18, Murray at 2:57 and Romanik at 3:07.
Baltimore gained a break when a checking from behind major and game misconduct was assessed to Moncton forward Scott Levins, allowing the Skipjacks to get back into the game.
On the power play, Wheeldon scored the Skipjacks' first goal at 10:52, then power-play scores by Purves at 12:03 and Smith at 13:10, tied the score at 3.
Moncton regained the advantage, 5-3, at the end of the opening period, with Burnes scoring at 16:39 and again at 18:45.
Baltimore replaced goalie Byron Dafoe with Olaf Kolzig at the start of the second period, but Kolzig was rudely welcomed by goals by Cirone at 2:11 and Burnes at the 10-minute mark to complete his hat trick.