Skipjacks wrap up trip with 5-5 tie in Hamilton Stay in 1st place after 3 road games

October 19, 1992|By Bob Hutton | Bob Hutton,Contributing Writer

HAMILTON, Ontario -- Squeezed between a couple of length bus trips, the Skipjacks actually played a couple of games. And the results weren't too bad.

The Skipjacks held on to the top spot in the American Hockey League's Southern Division with a 5-5 tie in overtime here last night against the Hamilton Canucks. The Skipjacks played three road games in three nights, including Friday night's game in Rochester, N.Y., and Saturday's game in Troy, N.Y., and took four- and eight-hour bus trips.

Despite losing a 5-3 third-period lead last night and out-shooting the Canucks, 7-0, in overtime, Skipjacks coach Barry Trotz was pleased with the result.

"We got into town at 6 a.m. after seven hours on the road, and earned a point in the other team's rink. That's not too bad," he said. "We have to be pleased with the result. The three and three is a tough grind."

Jeff Nelson led the Skipjacks with a goal and two assists. John Slaney, Jiri Vykoukal, Darren McAusland and Steve Konowalchuk added goals. Hamilton got two goals from Stephane Morin. Jassen Cullimore, Eric Murano and Dan Kesa had one each.

The Skipjacks built a two-goal lead when Konowalchuk beat Hamilton's Troy Gamble five minutes into the third period.

But a goal by Hamilton's Murano less than a minute later brought the Canucks back to within one to set up Kesa's tying goal.

Kesa put a shot under a sprawled Byron Dafoe midway through the final period.

The Skipjacks carried a 4-3 advantage into the third period on goal by McAusland late in the second period. Vykoukal also scored for the Skipjacks in the second period, and Morin and Cullimore scored for Hamilton.

Hamilton's Morin opened the second-period scoring when he took a perfect feed from Mike Maurice and tucked it into an open net.

Vykoukal put the Skipjacks in front again when his screened shot from the point surprised Gamble.

Hamilton evened the score when Cullimore's shot from the point got through Dafoe's legs.

In the first period, the Skipjacks fell behind quickly -- Morin scored 51 seconds into the game -- but came back with two goals for a 2-1 advantage heading into the middle period.

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