Skipjacks fall hard to Rangers, 6-1

January 23, 1993|By Jeff Seidel | Jeff Seidel,Contributing Writer

The Binghamton Rangers lead the American Hockey League in wins, points and fewest goals allowed. Last night, they showed the Skipjacks why.

Binghamton goalie Mike Richter made 26 saves, and the Rangers scored four goals in the third period en route to a 6-1 victory over the Skipjacks before 3,359 at the Baltimore Arena.

Binghamton, the top team in the AHL with 70 points, used a tight defense to keep the Skipjacks quiet. The Skipjacks kept it close for two periods, but the third-period spree gave Binghamton command.

"I thought for two periods, we played a pretty solid game," said Skipjacks coach Barry Trotz. "The third goal really took the wind out ofour sails."

The Rangers scored three goals in the first 10:34 of the third period to take a 5-0 lead and all but extend their unbeaten streak to nine games.

Peter Andersson scored at 2:16 of the period with assists from Dave Thomlinson and Brian McReynolds. Thirty-two seconds later, Joby Messier scored with assists from Craig Duncanson and Don Biggs, the AHL's top scorer entering the game.

Biggs scored his 31st goal of the season at the 10:34 mark with assists from Andersson and Duncanson. Rob Kenny stretched the lead to 6-0 with 7:13 left with assists from Daniel Lacroix and Mike Stevens.

Reggie Savage, who was recalled by the Washington Capitals after the game, scored the Skipjacks' goal with 3:17 remaining. He said the Rangers' defense was tough, but Richter was the difference.

"Every time we got a chance, he stopped it," said Savage.

Richter, who will go back up to the New York Rangers after today's 1 p.m. game at the Arena, allowed only four goals in his four-game (3-0-1) AHL stint.

"A lot of my success is due to how they're playing in front of me," said Richter, who played in last year's NHL All-Star Game. "They let me see the puck."

Binghamton took nearly 10 minutes to get its first shot of the game, but the Rangers made it count. On the power play, Mike Hurlbut took a Chris Cichocki pass and fired a shot from the point that Thomlinson deflected past goalie Byron Dafoe (25 saves) at 9:49 for a 1-0 lead.

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