Bandits defeat Southern Division leader Carolina, 6-1 Four-goal second period key to 3rd win in 15 games

November 16, 1995|By Phil Jackman | Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF

Carolina came into last night's AHL game with the league's best goalie, Kevin Weekes, and the league's Southern Division lead, and looked as if it would play to form when it scored the first goal.

But the Baltimore Bandits, after playing possum during the first 20 minutes, laid six unanswered goals on the visitors in the second period and first seven minutes of the third on their way to a stunning, 6-1 victory at the Baltimore Arena before 2,388.

It was the Bandits' third victory in 15 games, all coming at home. Good old home-ice advantage.

Weekes led the AHL's goalies in wins, minutes played, saves and shutouts entering the game, but then was made to look like a guy out of his element. Of course, his defense was doing him no favors.

Dwayne Norris, picked up and assigned here last week by Baltimore's parent, Anaheim, showed why the Mighty Ducks jumped at the chance to get him out of the IHL.

Norris had a goal and two assists and further helped the cause by speeding around the offensive zone often and keeping at least two Carolina players tied up with his quickness and clever moves.

"I'm known as a bit of a shooter and my game is to fly around in the offensive zone, be intense, drive on the net for rebounds," said Norris, who impressed mightily in his first game in the building. "[Linemates J.F.] Jomphe and [Mike] Maneluk play the same way, so we should work out pretty well."

Last night the trio accounted for four goals and four assists.

Said Bandits coach Walt Kyle: "Dwayne Norris gives us something we haven't had so far. He has the ability to be dynamic. He truly can make something out of nothing and it's mainly due to effort. He competes so hard and, despite his lack of size, he wins his one-on-one battles more often than not."

Carolina coach Rich Kromm said he felt it was how the teams performed on the power play that pretty much determined the outcome. His team went 0-for-4 with the man advantage; he said he didn't expect such a showing against a Baltimore team that ranks near the bottom in penalty killing in the AHL.

Meanwhile, the Bandits, third from the bottom in converting power plays (12-for-79) were 2-for-4.

The game was about even through the first 13 minutes when the Bandits lapsed momentarily in the neutral zone and took their time getting back on defense. From the right boards, Eric Montreuil flipped a pinpoint pass onto the stick of Brett Harkins, who directed it in from the doorstep.

The Bandits took the lead in the first 10 minutes of the second period, with former Canadian National squad teammates Jomphe and Maneluk setting each other up for their fourth and fifth goals, respectively.

The home team then just kept going. Craig Reichert got his first goal of the season at 15:47 and Jomphe scored his second of the night at 17:15.

NOTES: Jomphe was hit with an interesting penalty midway through the first period: Two minutes for unsportsmanlike conduct -- diving. He did an inward 2 1/2 with tuck while being hooked. . . . The Monarchs, already well set in goal with Weekes, have Jim Hrivnak backing him now. Hrivnak was a stalwart for the Baltimore Skipjacks through 1992, leading the franchise in games played in goal (121) and victories (55), and did solid work with the Washington Capitals and St. Louis Blues. . . . The special added attraction Hanson Brothers (of "Slap Shot" movie fame) were towed around the ice by the Zamboni machine, climbed the glass as though headed into the stands to fight and departed. Not too many got it, mainly because there was nothing to get. . . . Norris gained first star of the game honors, just edging Jomphe and Bandits goalie Mike O'Neill.

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