GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The road can be a cold, cruel place. It was especially chilly for the Bandits last night.
The Carolina Monarchs romped past the Bandits, 12-1, and hat tricks by David Nemirovsky, Steve Washburn and Craig Fisher had the visitors rushing for the first bus home.
The Bandits have struggled to a 4-13-2 road record, and the trip to Greensboro came at a most inopportune time. The Monarchs are finally at home here and on a roll. Last night's win was a club-record fifth in a row at the Greensboro Coliseum.
As if a three-goal first-period weren't enough, Nemirovsky kept going. He added his 17th and 18th goals of the season to total five on the night, one shy of the AHL record.
"It was my night I guess," Nemirovsky said.
Washburn and Nemirovsky tied a Carolina record for points in a game with six -- five goals and one assist for Nemirovsky and three goals, three assists for Washburn.
Fortunately for the Monarchs, they face the Bandits for three of their next six games. They have outscored Baltimore 19-1 in their last three meetings and are just three points behind the fourth-place Bandits.
"They looked pretty flat," Nemirovsky said of the Bandits. "Both teams were a little slow off the start, but after about five minutes we picked it up. It was all over from there."
Bandits goalie Tom Askey suffered through two periods in which he faced 24 shots and allowed six goals. Mike Bales took the net at the start of the final period, with the same results.
When Fisher scored his third goal at 14: 51 of the final period, 22 seconds after his second goal, Bales was unable to hide his frustration, and hurled his stick into the stands. He was handed a gross misconduct and Askey had to return.
Sean Pronger took advantage of a flurry in front of the net and dumped the puck past David Lemanowicz to avert the shutout late in the game.
The teams will meet again in two weeks for a two-game set at Baltimore Arena.
Pub Date: 12/28/96