Rangers tame Skipjacks, 6-2 Richter's 44 saves pace Binghamton

January 24, 1993|By Tara Finnegan | Tara Finnegan,Contributing Writer

Before yesterday's game against the Binghamton Rangers, Skipjacks coach Barry Trotz knew his team had to play a solid game without defensive lapses to guard against another high-scoring loss.

But what he and his team found was a continuation of Binghamton's Friday night scoring frenzy. The Rangers scored five goals in the first period off goalie Byron Dafoe en route to a 6-2 American Hockey League victory yesterday at the Baltimore Arena.

The Skipjacks outshot the Southern Division-leading Rangers 46-23 without leading goal scorer Reggie Savage (30 goals), who was called up by the Washington Capitals Friday night, and Steve Konowalchuk (15 goals, 23 assists), who was activated by the Capitals 10 minutes before game time.

Binghamton goalie Mike Richter, who returned to the parent New York Rangers after yesterday's game, had 44 saves. In his

five-game stint with Binghamton, Richter allowed six goals.

"Obviously the difference was in the goaltending. We outshoot them 46-23 and out-chanced them 17-9. Mike Richter really was the difference in the last two games," Trotz said.

"I think we answered a few questions about our character today," Trotz added. "[After the first period], it would have been pretty easy to fold up our tents and not come back, but we played until the final buzzer."

The bright spot, if there was one, came 2:20 into the third period when center Tim Taylor scored the Skipjacks' first goal off a feed from Mark Hunter and John Slaney. Martin Jiranek, who has seen limited time, followed with the second goal at 4:35.

Dave Thomlinson scored the first two goals for the Rangers, the opening score coming 45 seconds into the game on Binghamton's first shot on goal. In nine games against the

Skipjacks, the left wing has 14 goals and six assists.

"Some people seem to play well against certain teams, and I've been lucky against Baltimore," Thomlinson said. "I wouldn't mind playing against them all the time."

Mark Hurlbut scored the fourth goal for the Rangers at 16:15, which prompted Mark Bernard's replacement of Dafoe in the goal. Dafoe allowed four goals on nine shots. Bernard allowed two goals on 14 shots.

"Byron just had an off-night, and against this team you can't fall behind," Trotz said.

"I knew there was no pressure on me, I just wanted to shut them down and not give up any more goals," said Bernard, who returned from Hampton Roads in Norfolk, Va., this morning at after being sent down to start in the goal for the Admirals Friday night.

Bernard was called back to Baltimore because backups Bob Jones and Duane Derksen were unable to play. Jones suffered a broken collarbone in warm-ups before Friday's game, and Derksen was hospitalized with the flu.

"The goaltending situation is maintained on a day-to-day basis

here," Trotz said managing a smile.

Binghamton 5 1 0 -- 6

Baltimore 0 0 2 -- 2

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