Monarchs leave Bandits behind Carolina wins battle of rookie goaltenders, cruises to 5-0 victory

November 23, 1996|By Scott Michaux | Scott Michaux,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A goalie change didn't have the desired effect for the Baltimore Bandits, but it worked wonders for the Carolina Monarchs.

Rookie David Lemanowicz played flawlessly in goal for Carolina, stopping 43 shots and earning the Monarchs their first shutout in more than a year with a 5-0 victory over the Bandits before 4,502 fans at the Greensboro Coliseum.

Tom Askey, another rookie starting in goal for the first time this season for the Bandits, gave up all five goals in the first two periods as Baltimore lost its eighth straight road game.

"He's got to learn how to play pro hockey," said Baltimore coach Moe Mantha of Askey. "We might as well feed him to the wolves right away."

With the outcome decided early, the Monarchs concentrated on preserving the shutout in the final period. The biggest challenge came late in the third period when the Bandits got a 3: 22 power play that included 38 seconds with a two-man advantage.

But the Monarchs' defense stiffened, repeatedly stuffing passes, and prevented the Bandits from getting any clear shots.

The effort was duly noted by Lemanowicz, who earned his first victory in his fourth professional start.

"I owe part of that shutout to them," he said. "The guys worked and worked in front of me. They were all blocking passes out front and if they had gotten by, I was a sitting duck."

Askey made his first start of the season in place of regular goaltender Mike Bales, who had started the first 19 games and fell one shy of tying the franchise record of 20 consecutive starts. Mantha said he thought about the record, but he didn't hesitate to make the change.

"This is a team," he said. "We'll win as a team and we'll lose as a team. That's our [eighth] straight loss on the road, so Mike Bales hasn't been getting the job done for us on the road. It's not his fault, but maybe changing the defense could get something done."

It didn't. For the second straight night the Monarchs jumped on top of the Bandits, this time with an uncharacteristic three-goal flurry in the opening period.

Defenseman Bob Halkidis -- a 13-year veteran -- scored twice for Carolina. In the first period, he sent a wrister knuckling toward the net from 50 feet. The puck skipped off Askey's pads and in. Halkidis' third goal of the season equaled his combined goal total for the past three years. Halkidis scored again midway through the second period on a perfect pass from Gilbert Dionne.

Mantha hopes returning to Baltimore to play Worcester tomorrow can change the team's fortunes.

"All the other 18 games we've been in," said Mantha. "We went through some adversities the last two games. Now, we'll see the kind of team we are and what the guys are made of."

Bandits .0 0 0 -- 0

Carolina 3 2 0 -- 5

Pub Date: 11/23/96

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