Bandits use multiple rallies to knock off Red Wings, 4-3 Line shuffle proves little problem in win

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

In the big leagues, they'll give a forward line several games together and, when nothing happens, alibi that it takes an untold amount of time for some trios to jell.

In the minors it's a little different. Would you believe five shifts or one period, and be quick about it?

A couple of injuries in Rochester last Sunday threw a monkey wrench the size of the Trade Center into the Bandits' scheme of things last night, but they worked their way through it and came away with a 4-3 victory over the Adirondack Red Wings at the Baltimore Arena.

Forced to come from behind three times to reach the second intermission square at 3-3, the Bandits got the winning score from Jeremy Stevenson with about five minutes remaining.

"A lot of guys stepped up tonight," said Bandits coach Walt Kyle, "but Mike Maneluk and Dwayne Norris particularly."

Red Wings coach Newell Brown agreed wholeheartedly with Kyle's assessment of the game stars, calling Norris' work on a short-handed goal "a clinic, and he wasn't too bad on another goal either."

The injuries suffered by Steve King (eye) and Dave Sacco (foot) in Rochester forced them to miss out on a couple of very productive lines of late. King (36 goals) had been playing with Slava Butsayev and Denny Lambert. Sacco had been centering Norris and Maneluk.

"We had a tough time coming up with someone to play with Mike and Dwayne," said Kyle, "but it didn't matter, a lot of it they did on their own."

Norris' goal to tie the score at 2-2 might have been the best individual effort in all the Bandits' home games this season. On a penalty kill, Norris got control of the puck at the red line and, with a defender hanging all over him the rest of the way, he still was able to lift the puck past Adirondack goalie Norm Maracle.

"We had a chance to go up 3-1 in the second period," said Newell Brown, "but we didn't take advantage, we didn't close out the kill and once they got the momentum, they knew what to do. Give them credit, they played very hard."

"More than anything," said Kyle, "I think it was a case of us stabilizing the game after we weren't able to get the puck out of our end early and the forwards weren't getting it deep enough into their end." Besides having to mix and match lines almost throughout, Kyle was missing his most-experienced defensemen, Don McSween and Oleg Mikulchik, out indefinitely with a broken wrist and severe facial lacerations, respectively.

Pub Date: 4/04/96

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