Kyle shoots new theory into his team Excessive passing looks to be a thing of the past

January 10, 1996|By Phil Jackman | Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF

Something coach Walt Kyle said after the Bandits were forced into overtime before beating Syracuse, 2-1, in their last home game seems to have struck home with his troops.

The team had blown two scoring opportunities with excessive passing in the late going and Kyle said, "We can't be passing up shots late in the game in hopes of getting a better shot. There are too many passes sometimes."

The next night, Baltimore hammered 37 shots at the Worcester goal during a 4-2 victory.

Miscellaneous

* The AHL All-Star Game is at the Hersheypark Arena next Tuesday (ESPN2) and Dwayne Norris will be replacing Steve King on the U.S. squad. King, up with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, was voted on the team by local fans, who obviously were super impressed with his hat trick here against Prince Edward Island Oct. 31.

* Many in the Anaheim organization thought defenseman Don McSween might never be able to play high quality hockey again after suffering severe nerve and tendon damage in his right forearm last season. In two games with the Bandits so far, he's had an assist in each, played excellent defense and, as Kyle says, "If he's been out for a whole season, darned if I can see it in his play. His timing's a little off, but that will be back in six or eight more games."

* J. F. Jomphe continues as the Bandits' point leader with 40 (12 goals, 28 assists), but Norris is closing in fast with 16 goals and 19 assists in 13 fewer games.

* Baltimore brought in Bob Bell to replace Byron Penstock as backup goalie to Mike O'Neill, which is akin to being a Maytag repairman in those TV commercials. Iron Mike has started in goal the last 32 games, including five games in a six-day stretch recently and leads the AHL in everything but broken sticks: Saves, shots faced, minutes played and losses while standing second in victories. O'Neill, 1-7 in late October, is 17-17 now.

* No word yet on when the postponed game against Rochester on Sunday will be rescheduled. The Bandits are pushing for Jan. 26 when the Amerks will be in the area (vs. Hershey), but it would give Rochester four games in four days.

* With the Mighty Ducks slated to play the Flyers in Philadelphia last night, the Anaheim decision-makers were here for a scouting meeting yesterday.

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