Hershey slips past Skipjacks, 2-1 New goalie Parson has rocky start

December 03, 1992|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

HERSHEY, Pa. -- Just when the Skipjacks thought they were turning the tide in their rivalry with Hershey, the Bears reverted to their testy old ways.

Since beating Hershey twice in the first week of the season, the Skipjacks have dropped two straight. They lost to the Bears, 2-1, last night before 4,905 at Hersheypark Arena, their fourth straight defeat.

The Skipjacks (7-13-5, 19 points) thereby dropped out of a tie for third with the Bears (9-13-3, 21 points) in the American Hockey League's Southern Division.

The Skipjacks have only one win in their past 11 trips to Hershey and are 2-8-1 in their past 11 games overall against the Bears. Hershey has a 71-56-13 lead in the longtime rivalry.

Hershey goalie Tommy Soderstrom muffled Baltimore for the second time in eight days. He had 32 saves, including a flurry of them in the final minutes when the Skipjacks pulled their goalie.

Last week, making his first pro start in North America, the Swede beat the Skipjacks, 5-2. Last night he had a shutout until Jeff Greenlaw's goal 8:33 into the final period.

"We had some defensive breakdowns early, but they weren't the goalie's fault," coach Barry Trotz said. "In the latter part of the game, we were the better team, but we had trouble getting to the net. When we did, Tommy was the difference. We must have had 10 chances to score in the last five minutes."

The Skipjacks' Mike Parson, after allowing two first-period goals, shut down the Bears and finished with 27 saves in his first Skipjacks start.

"The first period was a little rough -- I was nervous," Parson said. "The team really helped me out. I only had to make the first save, then the guys cleared out the puck."

Parson got off to a rocky start, surrendering two goals in the opening period.

Barely four minutes into the game, Corey Foster beat Parson for a 1-0 Hershey lead. Then Tim Tookey, who had assisted on Foster's goal, scored his 17th goal of the season.

Tookey, 32, who leads the Bears in points, is an ex-Skipjack. He was drafted by the Washington Capitals in 1979 and played for the Skipjacks in 1984-85.

Hershey's Soderstrom held the Skipjacks scoreless in the first two periods.

Goalie Mark Bernard joined the Skipjacks last night as the backup to Parson, who arrived last week.

NOTES: The Philadelphia Flyers assigned center Vyatcheslav Butsayev to the Bears on Tuesday, making him the first Russian to play for Hershey. Butsayev, 20, was a member of last winter's Olympic gold medal Unified Team and also played regularly for the Central Army team.

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