Rangers get 4 in third, roll past Skipjacks, 7-2 Binghamton wins 16th in row at home

January 31, 1993|By Paul Stuart | Paul Stuart,Contributing Writer

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- Don Biggs and Chris Cichocki both scored a pair of goals and the Binghamton Rangers stayed on a roll with a 7-2 victory over Baltimore last night at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.

The Rangers have won four straight and are unbeaten in 12 (11-0-1). Binghamton, 19-0-1 at home, has won 16 straight at the Arena, putting it within one win of tying a 55-year-old American Hockey League record for consecutive home wins, 17, by the Cleveland Barons in 1937-38.

Biggs increased his goal total to 34 and added an assist to boost his AHL-leading point total to 84. His second goal, off a rebound of a shot from Craig Duncanson, came 15 seconds into the third period and gave Binghamton a 4-2 lead. Duncanson made it 5-2 when he scored a power-play goal at 8:36 of the period.

Cichocki and Joby Messier added the final two goals for Binghamton.

Rick Bennett jammed a pass from Rob Kenny into the corner of the net to give Binghamton a 3-2 lead at 14:51 of the second period. The goal came just after the Skipjacks had tied the game.

Down 2-0 midway through the period, the Skipjacks battled back and tied the game on goals by John Slaney and Steve Konowalchuk 2:26 apart. Slaney moved in off the right wing, cut through the slot and put a wrist shot past goalie Boris Rousson at 10:14. Konowalchuk scored at 12:40 with the teams skating 4-on-4.

Biggs scored on a power play at 14:17 of the first period to give Binghamton a 1-0 lead. Biggs' 33rd goal of the season came on a rebound off a shot by Alexei Kovalev.

Rousson was making his first start since Dec. 29 -- a stretch of 11 games. It was his fifth start since Nov. 21. He faced only four shots in the first period and was the beneficiary of several key defensive plays by defenseman Messier.

Messier and Biggs slipped in behind Rousson and may have stolen a goal from Konowalchuk, clearing a backhand that was dribbling along the goal line.

Messier also went down to block a shot by Konowalchuk on a 2-on-2 break and tied up a breaking Mark Hunter on what would have been another scoring chance.

Center Eric Murano, acquired from the Vancouver Canucks in a trade for center Tim Taylor on Friday, made his Skipjacks debut. He played on several lines and on the power play.

NOTES: Baltimore scratches included Mike Boback, John Byce and Rob Leask. . . . Reggie Savage increased his point streak to nine games with an assist in the second period. . . . The Skipjacks are 0-6-2 against Binghamton with two games left in the season series.

Skipjacks 0 2 0 -- 2

Binghamton 1 2 4 -- 7

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