2-goal 3rd lifts Jacks to 3-3 tie with Indians

February 28, 1993|By Tara Finnegan | Tara Finnegan,Contributing Writer

The Skipjacks, behind the efforts of some unlikely heroes rallied from a two-goal deficit and tied the Springfield Indians, 3-3, yesterday in an American Hockey League contest.

Goalie Duane Derksen, who entered the game 0-2 against Springfield, made three big saves in the overtime to help the Skipjacks hold off the Indians before 4,028 at the Baltimore Arena.

"I went on a hunch that Duane was playing pretty well, and I think he did a good job today," Baltimore coach Barry Trotz said of Derksen's 29-save performance.

After being outshot 16-4 in the second period, the Skipjacks retaliated with two goals in a 25-second span to force the overtime.

Trailing 3-1 entering the third period, right wing Chris Longo broke Baltimore's scoring drought by tapping in a loose puck off teammate Darren McAusland's stick at 6:22 to bring the Skipjacks within one.

"Today it was our lunch-pail type of kids [Longo, Randy Pearce, Terry Chitaroni and McAusland] that did a great job for us," said Trotz.

Baltimore center Martin Jiranek slapped in a long-range shot off a pass from defensemen Al MacIsaac at 6:47 to tie the score at 3 and force the overtime.

"I got a pass from one of the defensemen that kind of got through one of the player's skate," Jiranek said. "I was looking for someone to pass it to but there was nobody open, so I just shot it. [Springfield] was looking for me to pass it off, and they left me wide open."

Springfield is 3-0-5 in its last past eight games.

Pearce gave the Skipjacks their only lead of the game 3:08 into play with his seventh goal of the season off a pass from McAusland, who assisted on two goals.

The Skipjacks peppered Indians goalkeeper Mike Lenarduzzi with 10 shots in the first period. Lenarduzzi had 22 saves for the day, as the Skipjacks managed 25 shots on goal to Springfield's 32.

Brian Chapman's unassisted goal tied the score at 1 at 6:53 of the first.

The Indians took a 2-1 lead at the 12:14 mark of the second period when center and team-leading scorer Leonid Toropchenko (47 points) scored his 26th goal of the season on a power-play opportunity off assists from Scott Morrow and John Stevens.

Left wing Mike McHugh scored his second goal of the season at the 17:49 mark of the second period when he deflected teammate Jukka Suomalainen's slap shot over Derksen's leg for a 3-1 Springfield lead.

Trotz said he considered replacing Derksen in the goal with Byron Dafoe when the team fell behind in the second period. Dafoe played in Friday night's 4-4 tie against the Indians.

"But in hindsight now, I'm glad I didn't because [Derksen] came up really big for us," Trotz said.

NOTES: The Skipjacks are 14-12-5 at the Baltimore Arena and 3-1-2 against Northern Division opponents at home. . . . Yesterday's tie surpasses last year's season total of 10. . . . LW John Byce missed the game due to a sprained shoulder. . . . The Skipjacks have given up 76 power-play goals and are last in the league in penalty killing. . . . Tomorrow the Jacks will play host to Atlantic Division opponent Moncton and former coach Rob Laird at 7 p.m. at the Baltimore Arena. . . . The Skipjacks are 3-2-2 in their past six home games.

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