M. Hunter's hat trick lifts Jacks past Amerks, 6-4

December 21, 1992|By Patti Singer | Patti Singer,Contributing Writer

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- Skipjacks coach Barry Trotz knows that one day he'll wake up and Mark Hunter will be gone, and so will all those goals.

Hunter recorded his second straight hat trick, with his third goal breaking a tie and sending the Skipjacks to a 6-4 victory over the Rochester Americans in an American Hockey League Southern Division game last night.

Hunter scored at 42 seconds of the first period, at 3:22 of the second on a power play and 9:57 of the third.

"It's a godsend for me to have him here," Trotz said after watching the 30-year-old score his ninth goal in 11 games since joining the Skipjacks after the Capitals put him on waivers. "They way he's playing, I don't think he'll be here very long."

Chris Longo, John Slaney and Reggie Savage also scored as the Skipjacks (12-15-6) defeated the second-place Amerks (17-12-1) for the first time in three tries.

Hunter powered the Skipjacks back into third place, two points ahead of Hershey.

Hunter, who is in his 12th pro season and had never played in the minors before joining Baltimore on Nov. 28, has points in eight of 11 games.

"We've had guys who can score at that pace," the coach said. "When you add leadership to it, people respect it. If he has something to say, people pay attention."

Hunter caught goalie Olaf Kolzig's attention as he wound up for a 30-foot slap shot midway through the third period of a 4-4 game. The puck broke off a piece of Kolzig's stick as it headed to the top corner for what turned out to be the winning goal.

It followed a wrist shot from the slot in the first period and a rebound in the third period.

It took all that Hunter and his teammates could muster to shake Rochester.


The Amerks, who ended a nine-game home winning streak, scored three power-play and one short-handed goal. They took 45 shots at Mike Parson, but most were not what Trotz considered quality shots from the slot. "They probably got 10 on dump-ins," he said.

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