HERSHEY, Pa. -- The Hershey Bears continued their season-long domination of the Skipjacks last night before a record-breaking sellout crowd of 7,559 at the Hersheypark Arena.
The Bears, who belabored two Baltimore goalies, ripped the Skipjacks, 8-2, to win the season series, 10-3-3, and were unbeaten against the Skipjacks in Hershey, 7-0-1. Seven of the ++ 16 games were decided by one goal.
The sellout gave Hershey 232,700 for the season, beating the old single-season record of 231,758 set in 1990.
The Bears scored three goals in the first period in a 1-minute, 21-second span after Baltimore had dominated the early going. The Bears never wavered, as Tim Tookey and Dale Kushner scored twice each, while Bill Armstrong, Len Barrie, Wes Walz and Mark Freer scored once. Kushner and Barrie had two assists each and Tookey added an assist. John Slaney and Steve Konowalchuk, both rookies, scored for Baltimore, which lost its second game in two nights, both to Hershey.
"To play this game at a professional level, you have to be ready to play hard and I don't think we played hard," said Skipjacks coach Barry Trotz. "You have to finish checks. We have #i obviously a very young team and Hershey has some very good older players. We were intimidated by the fans and the experience of Hershey. But we're not six goals worse than they are. We didn't execute fundamentals. We ran around and I didn't think we got very good goaltending. The turning point was early when we had a chance to get three or four goals and we came empty because of [Jimmy] Waite."
Waite, on loan from the Chicago Blackhawks, thwarted the Skipjacks at every turn, making 34 saves, several of them spectacular.
"We wanted to play more constant throughout tonight and build some positive momentum going into the playoffs," said Hershey coach Mike Eaves.
Hershey will begin the Calder Cup playoffs in Rochester, N.Y., against the Americans. Baltimore completes its season today against the Binghamton Rangers.
"We didn't play well defensively," said Simon Wheeldon. "Hershey got the early jump, but that's what they do in this building. We did what we wanted to do early, but we couldn't score. Once Hershey gets a 3-0 lead in its building, it's tough to climb back into the game. They just kept putting it to us.
"We didn't win a game all season in this building and that's the reason we didn't make the playoffs."
NOTES: The Skipjacks have lost RW Richie Walcott to nose surgery and RW Reggie Savage to shoulder surgery. . . . At one time or another this season, the Skipjacks have had seven Washington Capitals' No. 1 draft choices playing for them: Savage, LW Trevor Halverson, Kolzig, C Pat Peake, RW Jeff Greenlaw, C Tim Bergland and Slaney.