Bandits top Monarchs for third straight win Jomphe scores 2 goals in 6-3 road victory

January 14, 1996|By Tom Steadman | Tom Steadman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- J. F. Jomphe scored two goals and added two assists last night as the Baltimore Bandits defeated the Carolina Monarchs, 6-3, for their third straight victory.

"It's fun to play here," said Jomphe, who played in Greensboro two years ago when the franchise competed in the East Coast Hockey League. "It's more fun when you win."

Goalie Mike O'Neill made 28 saves to record his 18th victory, and Dwayne Norris added a goal and three assists.

The Bandits scored on three of their five power-play LTC opportunities. Carolina was scoreless on both of its power plays.

"Mike O'Neill was very good early on -- he kept us in the game," said Bandits coach Walt Kyle, whose team improved to 18-20-3 and took a three-point lead over Carolina (16-20-4) in the race for third place in the AHL's Southern Division.

The Bandits took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission, but it took Carolina only 2:49 of the second period to tie the score, as Steve Washburn's one-timer from the right face-off circle beat O'Neill.

But Baltimore blew the game open with three unanswered goals -- from Maxim Bets, Jomphe and left wing Denny Lambert -- for a 5-2 lead entering the final period.

The latter two goals came on the same four-minute power play created by a high-sticking penalty on Carolina defenseman Bob Boughner.

That foul sent Baltimore defenseman Darren Van Impe to the dressing room, where he received 15 stitches in his lip. He later returned to the game.

And after Lambert's score, which came at the 12:07 mark of the second period when he deflected Don McSween's long slap shot into the net, Carolina coach Rich Kromm pulled goalie Kevin Weekes in favor of backup Jim Hrivnak, a former Washington Capital, who finished the game.

Jomphe victimized Hrivnak for his second goal, faking to the right then scoring with a backhand flip into the left side of the net for a 6-2 lead.

Carolina's Mike Casselman scored late in the final period to close the gap to 6-3.

The Monarchs had broken on top with a goal from the league's leading scorer, Brad Smyth, at 6:34 of the first period.

Baltimore tied the score two minutes later during the game's first power play when left wing Mike Maneluk rebounded his own blocked shot and one-timed the puck past Weekes.

Norris put the Bandits on top at 12:46 of the first period with a slap shot from the slot that bounced off Weekes' pads, over his head and into the net.

Bandits tonight

Opponent: Carolina Monarchs

Site: Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum

Time: 6

Radio: WITH (1230 AM), WAMD (970 AM)

Outlook: Return match of last night's contest. At one point, Baltimore trailed Carolina by 12 points in the battle for third place in the Southern Division, but the teams have been no more than three points apart since Christmas. The Bandits resume regular-season play after the AHL All-Star Game in Hershey on Tuesday with a visit to Hersheypark Arena on Saturday. They return to Baltimore Arena to meet the Portland Pirates next Sunday.

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