Goalies star as Bandits, Pirates tie, 2-2

January 22, 1996|By Phil Jackman | Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF

In the final analysis of the Bandits' late afternoon scrum with the Portland Pirates yesterday at the Baltimore Arena, goaltenders came out as evenly as the final score, 2-2.

Baltimore sent 35 shots at Portland goalie Ron Tugnutt. And the Pirates had Mike O'Neill under siege early and late with 35 shots.

"We're not a .500 team [18-21-5], and Mike's leading the league in wins [18]," said Baltimore coach Walt Kyle. "That tells you all you need to know about the guy."

Pirates coach Barry Trotz said much the same thing about Tugnutt: "Three games in 2 1/2 days, and Ronny has been in there for all of them, two wins and a tie on the road. During that time, we've given up one power-play goal in 22 opportunities by the other teams."

A clinic with co-featured performers, that's what it was. It was fitting that neither had to have a loss on his record.

After Steve King's 16th goal seven minutes into the game, the Bandits put Portland on a power play for a minute, then on a five-on-three for a minute, then three more minutes of penalty killing. The lead stood.

Baltimore got a second goal 22 seconds into the second period (( on a breakaway by Slava Butsayev.

Goals by Darren McAusland midway through the second period and Andy Brunette midway through the third tied it.

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