Providence topples Jacks, 4-1 Baltimore loses second straight

November 02, 1992|By Jim Salisbury | Jim Salisbury,Contributing Writer

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Providence Civic Center is quickly becoming a tough place for visiting American Hockey League teams to play.

The Skipjacks found this out last night, as they were beaten, 4-1, by the Providence Bruins, who are 4-1 in their first five home games since relocating from Portland, Maine.

With 6,127 looking on, Providence scored twice in each of the final two periods and Baltimore was held to a season-low one goal.

"I had heard Providence wasn't strong in their own end," said Baltimore coach Barry Trotz. "But I didn't see it tonight.

"Offensively, we're struggling because we're missing three key players who have been called up," said Trotz, referring to Keith Jones, Steve Konowalchuk and Shawn Anderson, who are with the parent Washington Capitals.

Byron Dafoe (3-2-3) gave up three goals, none of which he really had a chance on. He made 27 saves.

"I thought both he and [Providence goalie] John Blue were outstanding," said Trotz, whose team has lost two in a row.

Both teams were playing for the third time in as many nights, and the game was predictably sloppy at times.

The teams played through a rather actionless first period. Baltimore killed off a pair of overlapping minor penalties to Ken Klee and Ken Sabourin late in the period.

Play opened up a bit in the second period as the P-Bruins struck for a pair of goals, one early in the period, the other late, in taking a 2-0 lead.

One minute, 10 seconds into the middle period, Providence's Andrew McKim broke out of a 10-game scoring drought by beating Dafoe on a three-on-one. Dafoe, drawn out of position by center Chris Winnes, had no chance on the play, and McKim scored into an unguarded net.

Baltimore surrendered a short-handed goal at 17:36 of the second period. Darryl Olsen picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and streaked into the Baltimore end with Winnes, who left a drop pass in the slot for a Matt Glennon. All Glennon had to do was one-time it along the ice past Dafoe.

Baltimore had three glittering scoring chances in the second period, but Blue made 10 saves.

He stopped John Byce breaking in alone midway into the period. On the same power play in which Providence got its short-handed goal, Blue robbed Martin Jiranek and Trevor Halverson from point-blank range.

"The save on Halverson was the turning point," Trotz said. "They came down and got that short-handed goal, and it took the steam out of us."

Baltimore's power play, the third-best in the AHL, atoned early in the third period. Mike Boback rifled a shot from the right wing over Blue's ahead. The bounce off the end boards landed on Reggie Savage's stick in front of the net, and he poked it past Blue, making it 2-1 2:04 into the third period.

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