Trotz's call for offense yields Gervais, Duhaime

November 18, 1992|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,Staff Writer

The Skipjacks have recalled right wings Victor Gervais and Trevor Duhaime from the Hampton Roads Admirals of the East Coast Hockey League.

Both players will be in uniform Skipjacks notebook

tonight at Binghamton, N.Y., and both figure to play a lot.

"They're going to have to play because of our call-ups and injuries," said Skipjacks coach Barry Trotz. "We don't have a lot of players left who are known for their offense.

"Victor was with us part of last season, and he's one guy we wanted. He has good offensive skills and might see some power-play time.

Gervais was the Admirals' top scorer, with 24 points in 13 games and had a team-high 16 assists.

"Trevor is a rookie draft pick and we're not sure what he can do," said Trotz. "But he'll go on a regular shift." Duhaime had 10 points for the Admirals.

The Skipjacks' forward corps has been depleted by the call-up of Reggie Savage to the Washington Capitals and injuries to center Martin Jiranek, Mike Boback and John Byce. Those players are four of the team's top five scorers.

Byce is probably out of tonight's game with a thigh injury, and Boback is limited in what he can do because of an injured hand.

Bad ice at Arena

Trotz was not happy yesterday when he had to cancel a practice scheduled at the Baltimore Arena because the ice wasn't ready.

"The ice conditions just weren't right," he said. "It's no use to practice and probably injure a player. We'll just have to be more mentally tough."

The ice had not been fully converted from the appearance of the Ice Capades, whose skaters require a deeper, softer surface than hockey players so as to cushion their leaps.

Skipjacks tonight

Opponent: Binghamton Rangers

Site: Broome County Arena, Binghamton, N.Y.

Time: 7:30

Outlook: The Skipjacks meet the runaway leader of their division for the second straight time on the road. They dropped a 6-4 decision to the Rangers Saturday in their third game in as many days. The Rangers are 5-0-1 at home and have won three straight and eight of their past 10. Rangers G Corey Hirsch is second in the league with a 2.75 goals-against average.

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