Rangers rip Jacks, 8-3, yield just 4 shots first 2 periods

April 24, 1993|By Doug Brown | Doug Brown,Staff Writer

What was it Barry Trotz said before the playoffs started? Something about his Skipjacks trying not to embarrass themselves against the powerful Binghamton Rangers?

"We're going to be respectful and give it all we have," Trotz said.

All the Skipjacks have was not nearly enough last night. The Rangers took a two-games-to-one lead in the American Hockey League Southern Division semifinals with an 8-3 romp before 1,653 at Baltimore Arena.

"They deserved to beat us as badly as they did," Trotz said. "They executed so well. We didn't come out with the same fire as they did."

It was clearly an embarrassment. The Rangers took a 4-1 first-period lead, scoring three goals in 1:42, and coasted to victory.

"Their second goal was the turning point," Trotz said, referring to Alexei Kovalev's shot that broke a 1-1 tie. "Then they scored on a power play and it was lights out."

The Skipjacks have won only once in 12 games against Binghamton this season. Last night's five-goal margin of defeat matched the largest of the lopsided rivalry.

The Skipjacks were outshot 27-4 in the first two periods. The final tally was 45-18. A harried Byron Dafoe gave way to Duane Derksen at the start of the third period.

"For the most part, our goalies were good," Trotz said. "I rested Byron after two periods because he had stopped enough rubber for the night. I was disappointed in our defensemen. They didn't win the one-on-one battles."

After the Skipjacks managed to win the series opener in Binghamton and then dropped the second game, they knew it wouldn't get any easier, even though the next three games would be on their home ice. The Rangers had, after all, won an AHL-record 25 road games this season.

Before the game, assistant coach Paul Gardner spoke hopefully about what the Skipjacks could accomplish with a win in Game 3.

"It would give us the confidence we can beat them in our own rink," Gardner said. "You don't want to give Binghamton a big lead, because once they get it, they have the killer instinct."

The Binghamton bullies can tighten the noose tonight and then finish off the Skipjacks on Monday night.

The Rangers built a 4-1 bulge in the first period. The puck was on the ice, unattended, when Craig Duncanson tapped in the first goal while a teammate tied up goalie Dafoe in front of the net.

Jeff Nelson tied it midway through the period, but Binghamton hammered the Skipjacks with three goals in 1:42 for its 4-1 edge. Kovalev, Steven King and then Duncanson, with his second goal, solved Dafoe in staccato fashion.

The Skipjacks were outshot 10-2 in the period, then 17-2 in the second. Binghamton stretched its lead to 7-1 when Mike Stevens scored a power-play goal, Brian McReynolds got his first goal of the playoffs and AHL scoring champion Don Biggs scored short-handed.

One second before the period ended in ignominy for the Skipjacks, Martin Jiranek was ejected for high sticking.

NOTES: Mike Boback, a Skipjacks scoring leader who missed four games with a pinched nerve in his back, moved

well in yesterday morning's workout, Gardner said, and entered the game fit and ready. . . . LW Trevor Halverson (hip) is out at least 10 days -- for the season unless the Skipjacks advance to the next round.

Binghamton 4 3 1 -- 8

Skipjacks. 1 0 2 -- 3

First period--1. Binghamton, Duncanson 2 (Stevens, McReynolds), 1:04; 2. Baltimore, Nelson 1 (Murano, Poapst), 11:45; 3. Binghamton, Kovalev 2 (Zubov, Biggs), 13:58; 4. Binghamton, King 3 (Thomlinson, McReynolds), (pp), 17:19; 5. Binghamton (Duncanson (Stevens, Biggs), 17:40. Penalties--Bennett, Bin (high sticking), 2:50; Hurlbut, Bin (slashing), 5:13; Murano, Bal (holding stick), 9:13; Biggs, Bin (goaltender interference), 13:12; Mathieson, Bal (hooking), 16:22.

Second period--6. Binghamton, Stevens 3 (Kovalev, Zubov), (pp), 3:16; 7. Binghamton, McReynolds 1 (Langdon, King), 7:13; 8. Binghamton, Biggs 1 (Duncanson, Messier), (sh), 16:11. Penalties--Klee, Bal (holding), 2:44; Stevens, Bin (elbowing, fighting), 9:30; Klee, Bal (roughing, fighting), 9:30; Byce, Bal (high sticking), 10:49; Bnenett, Bin (high sticking), 15:36; Jiranek, Bal (high sticking, game misconduct).

Third period--9. Binghamton, Hurlbut 1 (McReynolds, Kovalev), (pp), 3:56; 10. Baltimore, Byce 2 (Leask, Slaney), (pp), 17:34; 11. Baltimore, Murano 4 (Byce), 17:48. Penalties--Boback, Bal (high sticking), 9:57; Zubov, Bin (unsportsmanlike conduct), 11:53; Hunter, Bal (unsportsmanlike conduct), 11:53; Biggs, Bin (tripping), 17:27; Taylor, Bal (10-min. misconduct), 17:27; Biggs, Bin (high sticking), 18:55.

Shots on goal--Binghamton, 10-17-18-45. Baltimore, 2-2-14-18. Power-play opportunities--Binghamton 3 of 6. Baltimore 1 of 6. Goalies--Binghamton, Hirsch (18 shots, 15 saves); Baltimore, Dafoe (27 shots, 20 saves); Derksen, start of 3rd period (18 shots, 17 saves). A--1,653. Referee--Larue. Linesmen--Seitz, Nowak.

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