Rochester blows away Jacks, 11-2

February 01, 1993|By Patti Singer | Patti Singer,Contributing Writer

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- After riding from Baltimore to Binghamton, N.Y., to Rochester in less than 48 hours, the bus might be the last place the Skipjacks would want to be.

The scramble for the good seats -- the ones as far away from coach Barry Trotz as possible -- began with less than three minutes gone in the third period, when the Rochester Americans took a three-goal lead on the way to embarrassing the Skipjacks, 11-2, in an American Hockey League game yesterday afternoon at the War Memorial.

"It's not to say we have no character," said right wing Reggie Savage, "but we have to ask ourselves [if] we're better than this."

The Skipjacks gave up seven straight third-period goals.

Jason Young scored twice in 11 seconds, and Skipjacks defenseman Jim Mathieson rubbed his face into the backboards after his second goal. With Mathieson serving a five-minute major and a game misconduct, Jozef Cierny scored twice in 59 seconds to complete a hat trick.

The third-period collapse, which followed Saturday's 7-2 loss to Binghamton, left Trotz too angry to trust himself in an interview.

"I think every coach expects everyone to work hard for 60 minutes," assistant coach Paul Gardner said.

"There's no way in this league, against division rivals like Binghamton and Rochester, you lose 7-2 and 11-2 on back-to-back games," Savage said.

Then he thought of a way.

"All 18 players quit," he said.

The Amerks took advantage of the Skipjacks' work stoppage to break a three-game losing streak, during which they had been outscored 22-6. Center Peter Ciavaglia's first-period assist set the team consecutive-game scoring record at 24, breaking Gardner's mark set in 1985-86.

Until Todd Simon put a wrist shot behind Byron Dafoe at 2:51 of the third period, the Skipjacks were making a game of it.

They had rallied from a 2-0 deficit in the first period to tie the game. Jeff Nelson scored a power-play goal at 11:02 of the first period, and defenseman Brad Schlegel got his first goal of the season on a tap-in at 1:29 of the second period.

Scott Thomas gave the Amerks a 3-2 lead when he fired a rebound under the crossbar that propelled Dafoe's water bottle, which had been resting on top of the net, three feet into the air.

Cierny followed with a power-play goal for a 4-2 lead after two periods.

That they were shooting against Olaf Kolzig didn't help the Skipjacks. The Capitals goalie on loan to Rochester has a 4-1-1 record against the Skipjacks.

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