New faces not enough to help Bandits vs. Hershey 3-2 defeat to Bears is team's third straight

March 04, 1996|By Phil Jackman | Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF

There were so many things conspiring against the Bandits yesterday that a third straight loss and fifth in six games on supposedly advantageous home ice didn't bring the team down.

"I'll take that loss because that's the best we've played in a month," coach Walt Kyle said of the 3-2 loss to Hershey.

Meanwhile, the players, knowing they had outplayed the Bears -- outshooting them 39-17 -- hustled out to do some autographing with the crowd of 6,007.

After his team had been wracked by Binghamton here last Wednesday, Kyle vowed changes would be made on the defense.

The coach brought in Brian Corcoran and Brian Goudie from the East Coast Hockey League and "they did the job," said Kyle.

The Bandits, though, were without top defenseman Nikolai Tsulygin, whose wife gave birth over the weekend.

"That was enough to do it to us," said Kyle. "All three goals we allowed were the result of really lousy coverage."

The Bandits also were without Dwayne Norris, who sat out his second straight game with a knee injury.

The Bears' Scott Morrow, alone in front of the Baltimore net, scored the game-winner 1:28 into the third period.

The Bandits started well with Steve King notching his 27th goal on a power play 47 seconds into the game. It was King's 12th goal in his past 12 games.

Later, Slava Butsayev scored his 18th goal to give the Bandits a 2-2 tie after two periods.

While the Bears improved to 6-1-4 in their past 11 games, coach Bill Barber was steamed after the game. Hershey was penalized for delay of game for not being on the ice in time to start the third period.

"The [between periods] promotion ran long. That has happened to us three times here. Intermission is 18 minutes. They always take more than 20," said Barber. "It could have lost us the game."

Not the way the Bears were killing penalties. Both Bandits goals were man-advantage scores, but the Bears were solid during nine minutes of penalty killing during the last 10 minutes of the game.

NOTES: AHL commissioner Dave Andrews was on hand and said he expected the transfer of the Bandits franchise to Mike Caggiano to be approved by the end of the week. . . Caggiano in action: Survey cards were passed out soliciting fan suggestions for improvements next season. "We got more than 2,000 responses," said Caggiano.

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