Indians' special teams send Skipjacks to a 6-3 defeat

November 08, 1992|By Ron Chimelis | Ron Chimelis,Contributing Writer

Springfield, Mass. -- The Skipjacks ran into special-teams blues last night and dropped a 6-3 American Hockey League decision to the Springfield Indians at the Civic Center.

Springfield scored two power-play goals, but the key score came when Mike McHugh delivered an unassisted short-handed tally at 4:58 of the third period. That gave Springfield a 3-1 lead, and Terry Yake scored twice in in the next eight minutes for a four-goal cushion.

"I thought our goaltending was terrible," Skipjacks coach Barry Trotz said. "Maybe I'm being hard on [Duane Derksen], but you need one big save a period, and we didn't get it. Our special teams have been struggling a bit lately, but I thought the goaltending was what hurt us tonight."

Derksen had not played since last Saturday's 6-5 loss in Springfield.

"Their third goal should never be a goal in this league," Trotz said of McHugh's short-handed score. "That was the turning point. It was just a wrist shot that went in.

"Then we tried to press, and you need your goalie to come up big when that happens."

Chris Longo and Rob Leask scored their first goals of the season for the Skipjacks at 14:38, but it was far from enough. Brian Chapman added a late Springfield goal that made it 6-2 before Leask scored at 18:58.

"We played quite well," Trotz said. "It's just unfortunate. I thought Chris Longo played very well, and Reggie Savage did, too. I was also impressed with John Byce's work."

A power-play goal by Chris Govedaris with 14 seconds left in the second period gave Springfield a 2-1 lead.

The score came after Leask had been sent off for cross-checking at 19:14, and was Springfield's second power-play goal of the night.

Springfield's Mark Greig scored at 3:51 of the first period to make it 1-0. The power-play goal came with Skipjacks defenseman Ken Sabourin off for tripping.

Savage's sixth goal this season (and third against Springfield) tied it at 14:46, when the Skipjacks clicked on their second power play.

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