Bandits beaten in finale, 5-2 Six rested for playoffs as Americans roll at home

April 17, 1996|By Jason LaCanfora | Jason LaCanfora,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

ROCHESTER, N.Y. -- The Bandits left most of their key players back in Baltimore and all but conceded a 5-2 defeat to the Rochester Americans last night in the final game of the American Hockey League regular season.

Three of the Bandits' top four scorers -- forwards Dwayne Norris, Jim Campbell and Viacheslav Butsayev -- were spared the bus trip to Rochester for a game with no playoff implications. David Sacco is nursing a bruised left foot and did not play, but he will be ready for the best-of-five series with Hershey beginning Friday.

Steady defenseman Nikolai Tsulygin and rugged wing Denny Lambert also rested last night.

Bandits coach Walt Kyle presented Steven King with that option, too, but the injury-prone wing elected to play and scored his 40th goal.

"We got some people rested, No. 1, and, No. 2, we got to play lots of the young guys. That's great," said Kyle.

The Bandits capped their first AHL season with a 33-38-9 record after starting the year 1-9-1.

Pub Date: 4/17/96

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