Skipjacks cruise past Canucks, 6-1

December 13, 1992|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

Rookie Mike Boback's most productive game of the season helped keep the Skipjacks on the right track.

The 22-year-old center from Mount Clemens, Mich., had a goal and three assists in leading the Skipjacks to a 6-1 victory over the Hamilton Canucks last night before 2,013 at the Baltimore Arena.

Boback, who played the past four years at Providence College, had his previous best game in a 6-5 loss to Springfield Oct. 31 when he had three assists. He leads the team in points with 34 on seven goals and 27 assists.

"He was like Wayne Gretzky out there," coach Barry Trotz said of Boback, who centered the Reggie Savage-John Byce line. "Every time he touched the puck, he created something. I like that line. It had lots of jump and quickness."

The line accounted for four goals and four assists, including two and one by Savage. He has five goals in the past three games and 16 for the season.

Trotz praised his penalty killers (Hamilton was 1-for-10 on power-play opportunities) and goalie Mike Parson, who played the entire game despite a bout with the flu and made 20 saves.

"Parson was questionable," Trotz said. "I almost changed goalies during the game, but Mike wasn't getting a lot of work."

The win raised the Skipjacks' record to 9-15-5 and gives them two consecutive victories for the first time since Oct. 10-11. They broke a six-game losing streak Friday, 5-4, over the Hershey Bears.

The Skipjacks remain in fifth place in the AHL's Southern Division, however, since the teams right above them, the Hershey Bears and Utica Devils, also won last night.

The Skipjacks took a 3-0 lead in the first period, scoring the first two times on power plays. Savage took a deft pass from John Slaney and slipped it behind Hamilton goalie Troy Gamble for his 16th goal of the season and a 1-0 lead. It was Savage's fourth goal in his past three games.

With a five-on-three advantage, Boback made it 2-0 with his seventh goal. Minutes later, the Canucks also had a five on three advantage, butnothing came of it. With 2 1/2 minutes left in the period, Boback fed Byce, who scored his 13th goal.

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