Rangers' 3-goal spree dooms Skipjacks 7-4 loss 2nd in row in Binghamton

November 19, 1992|By Kevin Stevens | Kevin Stevens,Contributing Writer

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- A three-goal flurry in less than three minutes overlapping the second and third periods pulled the Binghamton Rangers away from the Skipjacks and helped secure a 7-4 victory last night.

Daniel Lacroix and Craig Duncanson had two goals apiece, and Don Biggs had a goal and three assists for the Rangers (14-2-3), who improved to a 6-0-1 home record. It was the second loss at Binghamton in five days for the Skipjacks (6-8-4), who lost, 6-4, here on Saturday.

Lacroix's goal with eight seconds to play in the second period broke a 3-3 tie and put the Rangers on top to stay. Biggs' 12th goal came 26 seconds into the third period when he took a pass from Duncanson and one-timed a shot past Baltimore goaltender Byron Dafoe from the point.

Binghamton's Mike Stevens scored his sixth goal at 2:50 of the last period, that shot from the right faceoff circle going past Dafoe inside the near post.

"The goal with eight seconds left in the second period was the turning point in the game," Skipjacks coach Barry Trotz said. "If it's tied 3-3 going into the third, you win 20 minutes and you win the game; 4-3, you need to win the period to tie.

You want to get through the first two minutes of each period and the last two minutes of each. Then, 16 minutes in between, you play it out and see what happens. Those things hurt our momentum."

The Skipjacks, playing without leading goal scorer Reggie Savage -- called up to the Washington Capitals -- got a goal and an assist apiece from John Byce and Tim Taylor.

On Lacroix's second goal of the game and seventh this season near the end of the second period, Joby Messier passed to Lacroix from the corner, and Lacroix converted with a low wrist shot past goaltender Dafoe inside the near post.

Back-to-back goals from Chris Longo and Tim Taylor enabled the Skipjacks to pull into a 3-3 tie. Longo picked up a free puck that sat for an instant to the right of Rangers goaltender Boris Rousson and poked it into the far side of the net at 5:52 of the second period.

Taylor followed, with 4:22 to play in the second period, by collaborating with John Byce on a pretty give-and-go play. Taylor, in control of the puck and on the move, slid a pass to Byce near the boards. Byce tapped back a one-touch return feed that Taylor knocked between Rousson's pads for the tie.

Lacroix scored first at 4:15 of the first period. Rangers defenseman Per Djoos picked up a loose puck at center ice, fed Lacroix ahead of the Skipjacks defense, and Lacroix beat Dafoe with a soft shot flipped high into the net.

Byce scored at the 7:56 mark, skating alone at Rousson and slapping a hard shot from between the faceoff circles that beat Rousson on the stick side.

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