Utica again bedevils Skipjacks

January 01, 1993|By Pat Malin | Pat Malin,Contributing Writer

UTICA, N.Y. -- The Utica Devils ended the Baltimore Skipjacks' year on a sour note with a 5-3 victory at the Utica Memorial Auditorium last night.

Utica's Doug Brown broke a 3-3 tie at 13:42 and Troy Mallette got an empty-netter at 19:59.

Utica is unbeaten in four games (2-0-2), although it's still stuck in fifth place in the Southern Division, two points behind Baltimore.

Baltimore has lost three of its past four games, including 7-4 to Utica last Sunday.

Steve Konowalchuk had a goal and an assist and John Slaney two assists for Baltimore. Jeff Greenlaw and Trevor Halverson also scored.

Jason Miller paced Utica with a goal and an assist. Brent Severyn and Tom Chorske had two assists apiece. Miller and Brian Sullivan both notched their team-high 15th goals last night BTC and Ben Hankinson got his 14th.

For the third consecutive game, a Devils rally in the third period proved effective. Utica got behind 3-1 early in the second before pulling out its trademark comeback.

"They've been playing with fire and come up smelling like roses," said Skipjacks coach Barry Trotz. "We got off to a slow start, then got better as the game went on. Then a couple of guys made some poor decisions. The winning goal was a bad bounce more than anything else."

Brown batted the puck out the air with his glove, fought ofSkipjacks defenseman Shawn Anderson and beat goalie Mike Parson on a one-hander.

"Tom [Chorske] saw me breaking in and he flipped it up in the air," said Brown.

Capitals today

Opponent: New Jersey Devils

Site: Capital Centre

me: 1:40 p.m.

TV: None

Radio: WMAL (630 AM)

Tickets: 3,200 available

BOutlook: Tonight's is the fifth game of the season series with the Devils. New Jersey leads the series, 3-1, with three games, including this one, to play. The Capitals have a seven-game home unbeaten streak at stake, following back-to-back, come-from-behind performances in the third periods against Philadelphia (5-5) and the New York Rangers (4-3). The Devils come in off a 4-1 loss at Quebec on Tuesday that ended a two-game winning streak. Coach Herb Brooks has not designated his starting goalie, but Craig Billington has started // the past five games, going 3-2. Capitals coach Terry Murray also has not named his starting goalie. Don Beaupre started the last game against New Jersey and won, 6-2. New Jersey will be without D Scott Stevens (concussion), but F Kevin Todd (bruised shoulder) has been cleared to return. Washington reported no injuries.

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