Skipjacks stumble without injured Dafoe in goal, fall short against Bears, 5-2

November 26, 1992|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

HERSHEY, Pa. -- The Hershey Bears treated a pre-holiday crowd of 7,250 -- their largest of the season -- to a 5-2 victory over the Skipjacks last night at Hersheypark Arena.

Hershey's Toni Porkka opened the scoring less than two minutes into the game by hitting a shot past partially screened Skipjacks goalkeeper Duane Derksen. Derksen was making his third straight start in relief of injured Byron Dafoe.

The Bears' goalie, Tommy Soderstrom, made several acrobatic, lunging saves before surrendering a goal to Tim Taylor that tied it at 1-1 with 26 seconds left in the first period.

Jeff Greenlaw marked his first game with the Skipjacks after being sent down by the parent Washington Capitals by sending the Skipjacks ahead, 2-1, early in the second period.

Chris Jensen tied the score again midway through the period, and Tim Tookey, on a power play, gave Hershey a 3-2 edge with his 12th goal of the season. Derksen stopped the first Hershey shot only to have Tookey bang in the rebound.

The Skipjacks were buttressed last night by the arrival of Greenlaw from the Caps and goalie Mike Parson, who will back up Derksen until Dafoe recovers from a badly sprained ankle. Greenlaw, 6-1, 230, brings a physical presence to the Skipjacks.

"He's a checker, a physical type player," Skipjacks coach Barry Trotz said. "He's got something to prove: He feels he shouldn't be here, but in the NHL instead. I expect he'll try to make a statement."

Trotz knows that as soon as he talks to Capitals general manager David Poile, the first questions, in order, will be: Did you win? How did Greenlaw play?

Parson, 22, on loan from the Boston organization, which picked him on the second round in 1989, was playing for the Erie Panthers of the East Coast Hockey League. In eight games, he had an 0-4-2 record and a 5.66 goals-against average.

"Parson is here until Dafoe gets back," Trotz said. "Byron could be out a week or a month. He's definitely out for our games this weekend and doubtful for next Wednesday's game against Hershey."

The Skipjacks will face Cape Breton Saturday and Binghamton Sunday, both in night games at the Baltimore Arena.

NOTES: Skipjacks leading scorer John Byce (26 points) missed the game with a bruised leg. . . .Ditto No. 4 scorer (16 points) Martin Jiranek, with a bruised shoulder. . . .Hershey goalie Tommy Soderstrom made his first regular-season start. In two relief appearances, he had a 1.61 goals-against average in 74 minutes. . . .The game was Hershey's first without leading scorer Len Barrie (29 points), who was called up by the Philadelphia Flyers and scored the tying goal Sunday against Buffalo in his first game.

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