Bandits erase 4-goal deficit, tie Monarchs, 5-5

January 15, 1996|By Tom Steadman | Tom Steadman,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Baltimore Bandits extended their unbeaten streak to five games last night, rallying from a four-goal deficit to tie the Carolina Monarchs, 5-5.

Right wing Dwayne Norris scored his second goal of the game with 44 seconds remaining to earn the tie, which keeps the Bandits (18-20-4) three points ahead of the Monarchs (16-20-5) in the race for third place in the AHL's Southern Division.

"I was exceptionally pleased in the character and poise we showed," said coach Walt Kyle, whose Bandits beat Carolina, 6-3, on Saturday night and enter the All-Star break on an up note.

"It shows the exceptional growth of this hockey team."

The Bandits battered Carolina goalie Jim Hrivnak for 46 shots and dominated the final period and a scoreless, five-minute overtime.

The Monarchs managed 18 shots on Baltimore goaltender Mike O'Neill.

But until midway through the second period, all of the momentum belonged to the Monarchs, who scored three quick goals on a five-minute power play prompted by a major boarding penalty on Bandits center Sean Pronger.

Bandits right wing Norris scored on a short-handed breakaway to make it four goals during the same power play.

But in the third period, the Bandits struck for a power-play goal from Jason Marshall, an even-strength score from J. F. Jomphe and Norris' backhand goal in the last minute that prompted the overtime.

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