Wren's pair lifts Bandits to 4-1 win Carolina again is tonic for struggling home team

November 16, 1996|By Phil Jackman | Phil Jackman,SUN STAFF

For the time being at least, the Bandits should do everything they can to keep the Carolina Monarchs happy, comfortable and, most important, in town.

A winner just once in their past six games entering last night's game at the Baltimore Arena, that victory coming against Carolina, the Bandits did in their division rivals again, 4-1.

They play the Monarchs again tomorrow (1 p.m.), then head for Greensboro for two more Thursday and Friday. If Carolina (3-10-1) doesn't get things rolling pretty quick, the Bandits (6-9-0) could close in on a .500 record for the first time in two weeks.

Bob Wren was the big noise for the Bandits. He doubled his previous output with the first goal of the game and the tally that gave the Bandits breathing room at the outset of the third period.

"On the first goal," said Wren, "the defenseman's job was to slide to the open man, but he fell down, so I just took it to the net."

That's pretty much how Carolina's defense performed all evening, and they heard about it afterward in a long, closed-door monologue from coach Rich Kromm.

After falling behind in the first 20 minutes, Carolina came to life BTC early in the second period, Jason Podollan scoring his ninth goal on a power play to square matters.

The Monarchs' defense seemed confused again later in the middle period when Igor Nikulin, in his first game for the Bandits, converted from in close after rugged work along the boards by Chris Herperger and Pete Leboutillier set him up.

Nikulin later added an empty-net goal, drawing praise from coach Moe Mantha, who figures he'll work in nicely up front where the Bandits lost their captain Joe Day to retirement late Thursday.

"We made a commitment to get this one after not playing very well lately. We had really intense practices this week, even going so far as having a couple of fights," the coach continued, unable to hide a prideful smile.

NOTES -- A crowd of 5,769 showed up and, in addition to seeing the Bandits come out flying after their eight-day layoff, they were treated to an additional charge when Mark Radosh of Baltimore, taking a shot from mid-ice for a $1 million prize if he could get it through a small opening in a board in front of a goal, missed by less than two feet. His consolation prize was a year's supply of pretzels. Day's announcement took the Bandits by surprise as the center showed great enthusiasm for the game during his 11-game stint here. "Joe makes good money and he could have rode out the season here," said general manager Mike Mudd, "but he's not that kind of guy. He said it wouldn't be fair to the team, the fans or himself if he continued playing when his heart really isn't in it."

Reminder: Game 2 of the four-game set between the Bandits and Monarchs goes tomorrow at 1 p.m. to get away from the Ravens' 4 p.m. start in San Francisco.

Carolina 0 1 0 -- 1

Bandits 1 1 2 -- 4

First period -- 1. Baltimore, Wren 2 (Leclerc), 9: 15. Penalties -- Aldridge B (high-sticking), 10: 39; Armstrong C (interference), 13: 25; Nasreddine C (hooking), 19: 17.

Second period -- 2. Carolina, Podollan 9 (Dionne, Ferguson), 5: 21pp; 3. Baltimore, Nikulin 1 (Herperger, Leboutillier) 14: 30. Penalties -- Armstrong C (high sticking), : 34; Trebil B (interference), 4: 58; Deeks B (hooking), 8: 45; Nasreddine C (hooking), 11: 22; Doyle C (kneeing), 14: 49; Spencer B (holding stick), 17: 21.

Third period -- 4. Baltimore, Wren 3 (Spencer, Deeks), 2: 02; 5. Baltimore, Nikulin 2 (Herperger), 18: 47 en. Penalties -- Herperger B (hooking), 6: 04; Marshall B (holding), 8: 56; Nasreddine C (slashing), 11: 23; Taylor B (interference), 17: 49.

Shots on goal -- Carolina 5-5-11--21; Baltimore 12-8-4--24. Power-play opportunities -- Carolina 1-of-7; Baltimore 0-of-7. Goalies -- Lemanowicz (0-2-0) 23 shots, 20 saves; Bales (4-9-2) 21 shots, 20 saves. Referee -- Lyle Seitz. Linesmen -- Matt Dunne, Gary Madsen. A -- 5,769.

Pub Date: 11/16/96

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