Jacks solve Madeley, whip New Haven, 9-5 Byce's hat trick powers Baltimore

December 14, 1992|By Tim Parry | Tim Parry,Contributing Writer

NEW HAVEN, Conn. -- On Nov. 23, New Haven goalie Darrin Madeley turned back 41 shots and the Skipjacks could salvage a 3-3 tie.

But what a difference three weeks can make.

Last night Madeley was able to stop only 18 of 27 shots, and the Skipjacks clobbered the Senators, 9-5.

Meanwhile, Skipjacks goalie Mike Parson stopped 27 of 32 New Haven shots.

"We tried to keep Madeley back in his net, more in the crease," said Skipjacks coach Barry Trotz. "We also had John Byce and Reggie Savage with us this time. Those guys can find the net."

Byce, who had a hat trick for Baltimore, left the ice early during the last trip to Connecticut with an injury. Savage also was sidelined with an injury. He had two goals, which gives him a team-high 18 in as many games, and two assists last night.

The Skipjacks entered the final period with a 4-1 lead, but five straight goals in 6:01, two by Byce and one each by Martin Jiranek, Steve Konowalchuk and Tim Taylor, preserved the win.

"They're struggling a little bit, so I figured they were going to try to score quickly and get back back into the game," Trotz said of the third-period surge. "We just up-tempoed the game with quick shift changes. We knew they were going to try to press and cheat a little bit."

New Haven answered with four goals in the final 10:45, but it wasn't enough for the Senators. The win for Baltimore was its third in a row. A loss by Utica , which played last night in Rochester, would vault the Skipjacks to third place in the Southern Division.

"It was a big weekend for us. We played solid against three solid teams, and we're back in the playoff race," Trotz said.

Baltimore opened the scoring at 7:26 in the first period on a power play by Byce. New Haven answered with a power-play goal at 9:49 by Hughes Mongeon. Savage slapped the puck past Madeley at 10:40 to give the Skipjacks a 2-1 lead.

Konowalchuk's first goal of the night, at 10:14 in the second, increased Baltimore's lead. A power-play goal by Savage at 18:53 put the Skipjacks up 4-1.

Skipjacks 2 2 5 -- 9

New Haven 1 0 4 -- 5

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