Skipjacks' power play 4 goals proves too much for Islanders in 6-3 win

HOCKEY

October 18, 1992|By Buzz Gray | Buzz Gray,Contributing Writer

TROY, N.Y. -- Thanks in large part to four power-play goals, the Skipjacks bounced back from their first loss of the season to post a convincing 6-3 triumph over the Capital District Islanders in their American Hockey League game last night.

"This is just what we needed," Skipjacks coach Barry Trotz said after his team helped wipe out the sting of a 7-5 loss in Rochester Friday night. "Now we must get right back on the bus and go back out there."

The Skipjacks are in Hamilton, Ontario, tonight to take on the Canucks.

Baltimore (3-1-1), leader of the Southern Division, converted on four of their first six power-play situations to build a comfortable lead after 40 minutes.

The Skipjacks were coming off their first loss of the season, one in which Rochester scored three unanswered goals in the third period.

The Skipjacks rebounded, however, against the Islanders.

The power-play unit set the pace as the Skipjacks took a commanding 6-2 lead into the third period.

Three unanswered goals, including a pair by Jiri Vykoukal, enabled the Skipjacks to extend a 3-2 lead to 6-2 before the second period ended.

After back-to-back goals by the Islanders' Brad Dalgarno and Iain Fraser early in the second period, the Skipjacks took command.

Vykoukal's two goals, his first of the season, came on the red-hot Baltimore power play.

The Skipjacks have notched 12 power-play goals in their five games.

"The turning point came when we scored quickly to make it 4-2," Trotz said. "That seemd to take the wind out of their [Islanders] sails."

Ken Sabourin's long slap shot with three minutes remaining in the second period made it 6-2 for Baltimore, which killed off all five of Capital District's power plays.

Baltimore skated off with a 3-0 lead after the first period, thanks to -- what else -- a pair of power-play goals.

The second came during a five-minute Skipjacks' advantage after Travis Green of the Islanders was given a five-minute major and automatic game misconduct for high sticking Mike Boback. The Baltimore center sustained a bloody nose but remained in the game.

The Skipjacks, leading 2-0 on two goals by Keith Jones, applied heavy pressure during the advantage but couldn't convert until half a minute before the first period ran out.

Martin Jiranek flipped the puck up over goalie Danny Lorenz from deep in the slot for his fourth goal and a 3-0 lead.

The Skipjacks had taken advantage of a rare penalty call issued to the Islanders for an early lead.

Capital District (2-2-1) was caught starting a lineup different than the written one given to the Skipjacks and referee Dave Jackson when Dalgarno skated out for the faceoff instead of Graeme Townshend.

Jones scored on the ensuing power play at 2:39 to put Baltimore up 1-0. It was Jones' fourth goal of the season, all on the power play.

Eleven minutes later Jones scored his first even-strength goal when he gave the Skipjacks a 2-0 lead. He rifled a shot past Lorenz from the left circle.

PD Lorenz was replaced at the start of the second period with Jamie

McLennan.

Skipjacks 3 3 0 -- 6

Capital District 0 2 1 -- 3

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