Slumping Skipjacks drop sixth straight game, 6-4

December 06, 1992|By Pat Malin | Pat Malin,Contributing Writer

UTICA, N.Y. -- The last time the Skipjacks visited the Utica Memorial Auditorium on Nov. 21, the two teams were fighting for third place in the American Hockey League's Southern Division.

Baltimore won that game. The teams met again last night, but this time sole possession of fourth place was up for grabs.

The Devils won this time, 6-4, to win back-to-back games at home for the first time this season.

The Skipjacks (7-15-5) were trying to break out of a slump. They have lost six consecutive games and are winless in their past seven. Utica (8-13-4) ended a five-game winless streak by beating the Rochester Americans, 6-3, Friday night.

The two teams came out flying in the first period last night, combining for eight goals, with Utica coming out on top, 5-3.

Rookie Mark Bernard, just called up from the East Coast Hockey League, started in net for the Skipjacks and gave up five goals on 18 shots. Mike Parson replaced him at the start of the second and held Utica scoreless on 25 shots.

"I was looking for a new face, a new spark," said Skipjacks coach Barry Trotz. "I was going with the energy guy. Unfortunately, Mark didn't come up and do the job for us.

"It comes down to the first peroid," Trotz said. "They won it on a bunch of power plays, but for the most part we were the better team."

Reggie Savage had two goals and an assist for the Skipjacks. Mike Boback and Jeff Nelson also scored. Doug Brown had a goal and an assist for the Devils.

Savage scored back-to-back goals to put Baltimore in front, 2-1 He put a rebound past Martin Brodeur at 5:11 during a four-on-four. Then at 6:58, he converted a power play when Jiri Vykoukal's shot went wide and behind the Devils' net. Savage was waiting on the left post and pushed it by a sliding Brodeur. The goals were his first in three games since returning from the Capitals.

Utica outshot the Skipjacks, 14-10, in the second period, but Jef Nelson scored the only goal for the Skipjacks to make it 5-4.

Baltimore 3 1 0 -- 4

Utica 5 0 1 -- 6

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