ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The Skipjacks were in a building that had not been the site of many victories for them, facing a goaltender who had been hard to beat.
But last night they changed all of that.
Behind goalie Duane Derksen and a five-goal third period against usually stingy Olaf Kolzig, the Skipjacks defeated the Rochester Americans, 9-3, in an American Hockey League Southern Division game before 4,471 at the War Memorial.
A week ago, the Amerks humiliated the Skipjacks, 11-2, with Kolzig barely breaking a sweat.
"I just reminded them that [the Amerks] embarrassed us last week," Skipjacks coach Barry Trotz said. "I just wanted to make sure we were under control and stuck to our game plan."
By stopping the Amerks in their own zone and not allowing them to rush through center ice, the Skipjacks scored their first victory in three games, after a loss to the Binghamton Rangers and a tie with Utica Devils. It gave the fourth-place Skipjacks (19-25-9) a six-point lead over the Hershey Bears. They trail third-place Utica by four points.
"This was almost a must win," said left wing Trevor Halverson after the Skipjacks' fifth straight road game.
The Skipjacks led throughout, but the Amerks closed to 4-3 after two periods.
Reggie Savage started the third period with his second goal at 35 seconds. Eric Murano scored his first as a Skipjack, 26th overall, just 27 seconds later.
"We wanted a little revenge from last week," said Halverson, who set up Murano. "The best part of the game was the two quick goals in the third period. "Once we got them back on their heels, they went into the tank."
Kolzig, who had beaten the Skipjacks four times, three times in Rochester, was pulled after Murano's goal. But he came back five minutes later when replacement Bill Pye was injured. He gave up goals to Steve Konowalchuk, John Byce and Savage, for his second hat trick in two games, upon his return.
Kolzig, the Capitals goalie on loan to the Amerks, couldn't get much sympathy from the Skipjacks. They were too busy praising Derksen, who was playing his second game since being recalled from Hampton Roads last week.
NOTES: The Washington Capitals called up C Konowalchuk, RW Savage and D Jason Woolley after the game. They will join the Capitals immediately and make the Capitals' road trip, which begins tomorrow in Minnesota. "They don't have any extra players," Trotz said. Trotz has until Friday's game with Hamilton to find replacements for the players.