Biggs, Stevens carry Rangers past Jacks, 6-4

November 15, 1992|By Special to The Sun

BINGHAMTON, NEW YORK — BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Centers Don Biggs and Mike Stevens had a goal and two assists each to lead the Binghamton Rangers to a 6-4 victory over the Skipjacks last night before a sellout crowd of 4,808 at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.

Reggie Savage led the Skipjacks with one goal and one assist. Chris Longo, Trevor Halverson and Randy Pearce scored the Skipjacks' other goals.

Per Djoos, Brian McReynolds, Steven King and Dave Tomlinson also scored for Binghamton.

King's goal, at 8:14 of the third period, gave the Rangers a 5-4 lead that they would not relinquish.

Corey Hirsch, the leading goaltender in the American Hockey League, made 31 saves for the Rangers, who are in first place in the Southern Division of the AHL with 27 points.

After King gave the Rangers the lead, Hirsch kept them on top with a couple of outstanding saves. With 7:24 to play, Hirsch got his foot on a shot by John Byce. The puck had enough momentum to bounce up in Hirsch's face, but he gloved it to stop play. About a minute later, Hirsch used his stick to deflect a shot by Halverson into the crowd.

"He looks like he has the knack of making the right save at the right time and winning," said Binghamton coach Ron Smith. "That's what you look for in a goalie."

The Skipjacks have 16 points and are tied for second with the Rochester Americans.

Smith had kind words for the Skipjacks, perhaps because his team will play host to them again Thursday night.

"They play a hard and determined game, and they are prospering with it," he said.

Byron Dafoe, making his first start for the Skipjacks since being returned from the NHL's Washington Capitals, stopped 23 of 29 shots.

The Skipjacks will have three days off in Binghamton before playing the Rangers again.

Skipjacks 2 1 1 -- 4

Binghamton 2 2 2 -- 6

First period--1, Binghamton, Biggs (Stevens, Zubov), 8:18. 2, Baltimore Longo (Sabourin), 13:49. 3, Binghamton, Djoos (Biggs, Stevens), 18:15 (pp). 4, Baltimore, Halverson (Savage), 18:29. Penalties--Bal, Taylor (hooking) :20; Bal, Dafoe (delay of game) 15:48; Bal, Taylor (cross-checking) 17:23; Bal, Mathieson (roughing) 20:00; Bin, Stevens (misconduct) 20:00.

Second period--5, Binghamton, McReynolds (Djoos, Thomlinson), :55 (pp). 6, Baltimore, Pearce (Longo), 3:43. 7, Binghamton, Stevens (Biggs, Duncanson), 16:33. Penalties--Bin, Bennett (holding) 9:24; Bal, Savage (holding), 12:47; Bin, Stevens (interference), 14:21; Bal, Babcock (fighting), 17:21; Bin, Bennett fighting), 17:21.

Third period--8, Baltimore, Savage (McAusland, Taylor), 4:42; 9, Binghamton, King (Bennett, Marcinyshyn), 8:14; 10, Binghamton, Thomlinson (McReynolds, Marcinyshyn), 15:06. Penalties--none.

Shots on goal--Baltimore 8-13-1435. Binghamton 7-11-1129. Power-play opportunities--Baltimore 0 of 2; Binghamton 2 of 5. Goalies--Baltimore, Byron Dafoe (29 shots-23 saves). Binghamton, Corey Hirsch (35-31). A--4,808. Referee--Dennis LaRue. Linesmen--Brad Weeden, George Nevole.

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