Skipjacks cruise to 4th straight, 6-2

December 17, 1992|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

The losing streak that the Skipjacks suffered through a few weeks ago is becoming a dim memory.

They won their fourth straight since ending that six-game losing streak, crushing the Hershey Bears, 6-2, last night before 1,613 at the Baltimore Arena.

It is the Skipjacks' longest winning streak since winning five straight 13 months ago. They have outscored the opposition during the streak, 26-12.

"Good health, good leadership on the ice, good players," coach Barry Trotz said. "The call-ups by the Capitals and having Martin Jiranek and John Byce out with injuries really hurt us for a while. This is the team you saw at the start of the year."

With the victory, the Skipjacks took sole possession of third place in the AHL's Southern Division, breaking out of a tie with Hershey.

Jason Woolley, who has been with the club for less than a week, scored his first two goals for the Skipjacks and points leader Mike Boback added a goal and two assists.

Hershey suffered its seventh straight road defeat and is 1-13-2 in away games.

Not even Tim Tookey seems to be able to do much for the Bears on the road. Tookey, who scored the 200th goal of his Hershey career Saturday, came up empty last night.

"We shut down their key players, Tookey and [Vyacheslav] Butsayev," Trotz said.

The Skipjacks took a 1-0 lead in a flash. After Baltimore won the opening faceoff, Woolley's shot was deflected by Yanick DeGrace. Jeff Nelson slipped the loose puck behind the goalie with only 10 seconds gone.

Boback scored his eighth goal of the season for a 2-0 lead before Yanick Dupre brought Hershey within 2-1 late in the period.

The Skipjacks extended their lead to 5-1 in the second period. After Mark Hunter stole Toni Porkka's pass and backhanded a shot past DeGrace, Woolley, sent down on a rehab assignment last week by the parent Capitals, scored his first goal for Baltimore.

Byce scored his 17th goal with an assist from Boback for the third unanswered goal of the period. It could have been worse for Hershey: the Skipjacks had a five-on-three advantage for 1:26, but failed to score.

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