Skipjacks pay the penalty in 5-4 loss

February 13, 1993|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

The Hamilton Canucks found a Skipjacks' weakness and fully exploited it.

Facing the worst penalty-killing team in the AHL, the Canucks scored four power-play goals and defeated the Skipjacks, 5-4, last night before 2,975 at the Baltimore Arena.

The Skipjacks have stopped less than 75 percent of opponents' power-play chances. Hamilton, last in the Southern Division but on a three-game winning streak, converted four of its six power-play opportunities.

"We practiced penalty-killing all week and did a lot of good things, positioning-wise," said assistant coach Paul Gardner. "We didn't make any bad errors; it was just that some of the goals weren't stopped. Goaltending was the difference."

The Skipjacks peppered Hamilton's Bob Mason with 49 shots. Baltimore coach Barry Trotz lifted goaltender Byron Dafoe after two periods, with the Skipjacks trailing, 4-3, and inserted Duane Derksen.

"Mason made all the big saves and we didn't make any especially early," Gardner said. "To have 49 shots and not win in your own building is frustrating."

Hamilton's Neil Eisenhut scored what proved to be the winning goal 1:51 into the final period. Brian Martin, in his first game with the Skipjacks, scored their final goal with 4:42 left.

Tim Taylor, in his first game against Baltimore since being traded by the Skipjacks to the Canucks for Eric Murano, assisted on Jiri Slegr's goal that opened the scoring and scored one that tied it at 2 with 5:31 left.

In six games with Hamilton, Taylor has four goals, including the game-winner in a 4-3 overtime victory over the AHL-leading BinghamtonRangers. It was Binghamton's first home loss this season.

After Randy Pearce and Darren McAusland scored back-to-back goals to give Baltimore a 2-1 lead, Taylor came back with the tying score, his 19th goal of the season.

Hamilton took a 4-3 lead after two periods on goals by Rick Vaive and Dane Jackson, while the Skipjacks were held to one, by John Slaney. The Skipjacks outshot the Canucks in the first two periods, 36-17.

An hour before the game, three of the Skipjacks' new players from the Hampton Roads Admirals of the East Coast Hockey League arrived -- defenseman Steve Poapst and left wings Rod Taylor and Brian Martin. They drove from Hampton with Admirals coach John Brophy.

Another newcomer, defenseman Al MacIsaacs, arrived from Hampton on Thursday. John Blessman, a defenseman with the West Palm Beach Blaze of the Sun Coast League, didn't show up last night but is expected for tomorrow's rematch vs. Hamilton.

"These players can fill in and help in terms of numbers," Trotz said.

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