Bandits stop Providence on road, 6-4 Defenseman Butsayev scores game-winner

February 10, 1996|By Dan Hickling | Dan Hickling,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- Viacheslav Butsayev scored the game-winning goal at 7:07 of the third period to lift the Baltimore Bandits to a 6-4 American Hockey League victory over the Providence Bruins last night.

The Bandits outshot Providence 34-33 and ended their three-game winless streak.

The winner was the Russian defenseman's second goal of the night and 14th of the season, and came on a power play, assisted by Darren Van Impe and Steve King.

"It was a good game to watch," said King, who also scored two goals. "It was exciting for the fans."

And hard on the nerves, he might have added. But in the third period, with the score tied at 4, the Bandits steadied themselves and took over the flow of the game.

"We were able to limit our turnovers," said Baltimore coach Walt Kyle. "We started playing with intelligence and patience."

The Bandits put several tough shots on Providence goalie Scott Bailey, then received a power-play opportunity when the Bruins' Scott Bell went off at 6:47. The Bandits capitalized when the Bruins' Mitch Lamoureaux was unable to clear. Van Impe took the puck from the former Baltimore Skipjack just in front of the goal, then tried to put it on target. It was blocked in front of Bailey, but King grabbed it and sent it to Butsayev, who put it in just as he was pushed into the cross-bar.

King scored his 19th goal six minutes later to give the Bandits a two-goal lead.

The teams raced through a wide-open first period, which ended 2-2. Bandits center Chris Herperger took an interference penalty just 18 seconds into the game, and it cost his team a power-play goal by Martin Simard at 1:49. Simard's wrist shot slithered through Bandits goalie Mike O'Neill's pads.

Baltimore's Dwayne Norris got it back two minutes later, when Van Impe's slap shot deflected off him as he battled for position in front of Bailey.

Providence took the lead as Simard scored his second of the night, but Butsayev tied it at 2 for Baltimore when he wove through the defense, drew Bailey out and scored.

Baltimore grabbed a two-goal lead on second-period tallies by Sean Pronger and King. Pronger tapped in Mike Maneluk's feed at :52. Then, at 7:31, King stole the puck right in front of Bailey. King, a Rhode Island native, poked it in the short side.

But Providence caught the Bandits napping in their own zone, and got goals from Cam Stewart and Davis Payne to tie the game again at 4.

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