Skipjacks win again, 4-1, as Dafoe stops Canucks

November 13, 1992|By Bob Hutton | Bob Hutton,Contributing Writer

HAMILTON, Ontario -- Goalie Byron Dafoe continued to work his magic against the Hamilton Canucks, as the Skipjacks earned a road victory last night.

Dafoe, who was outstanding in last Friday's win, was near-perfect last night in Baltimore's 4-1 victory.

"It was good to play them again this close," Dafoe said.

"It gave me and the team a lot of confidence."

Like last Friday, his Hamilton counterpart was Troy Gamble, who played well, but not well enough. This time, Dafoe got some help from the offense as two late goals broke open a close game.

Reggie Savage, Trevor Halverson, John Slaney and Ken Sabourin scored for the Skipjacks.

"This is a very good win for us," Skipjacks coach Barry Trotz said. "We played well in all three zones. Our power play and penalty-killing was good, and, when we needed it, we got a big save from Byron."

With the score 2-1, Savage gave the visitors an important two-goal advantage with just less than four minutes remaining. Alone in the slot, Savage took a pass from Mike Boback and knocked the puck easily past Gamble. Just more than a minute later, Halverson finished the scoring when he broke in alone and faked Gamble.

Dafoe was at his best in the first two periods making save after save as Hamilton had a number of good scoring chances. Dafoe seemed to save his best for Hamilton's Eric Murano, who had two or three good scoring chances. Hamilton's second-leading scorer even changed sticks on a number of occasions, but that didn't help.

Through the first two periods, the game was pretty much a carbon copy of last Friday's match.

There was end-to-end action with plenty of shots and outstanding goaltending -- especially by Dafoe. He made a number of big saves, including one on Murano near the end of the first period. Murano had an open net, but Dafoe made a glove save.

L Baltimore scored first on a power play at 4:50 of the first.

Ken Sabourin took a feed from Boback and fired a rising wrist shot past Gamble.

Hamilton tied the score early in the second period when former Skipjack Robin Bawa completed a two-on-one play. He took a nice pass from Libor Polasek and rifled a wrist shot past Dafoe's stick side.

The Skipjacks regained the lead less than three minutes later. Defenseman Slaney's long drive from the point appeared to surprise Gamble.

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