Bandits' charge comes up short, 4-3 Winless skid is 0-2-2 as three-goal rally stalls

February 10, 1997|By Phil Janack | Phil Janack,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

GLENS FALLS, N.Y. -- Sometimes, a team's all isn't enough.

The Bandits gave a maximum effort yesterday afternoon, battling back from a three-goal deficit against the Adirondack Red Wings in their AHL game, but they couldn't convert enough of their chances into goals and suffered their 11th one-goal loss of the season, 4-3, at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

Corey Spring scored the decisive goal with 4: 18 left in the third period, and Adirondack goaltender Norm Maracle made it stand up with 25 saves as the Red Wings won their third straight game and extended the Bandits' winless streak to four (0-2-2).

Igor Nikulin, Eric Manlow and Bob Wren scored in the third period for the Bandits, the last with 3: 31 to play, after their team trailed 3-0 entering the final period.

"Our team played hard. We threw everything we had at the Red Wings," Bandits coach Moe Mantha said. "Their goalie made some big saves at the right time. If we would have beared down on our chances, we would have won the game. We had better scoring chances than they did."

The Bandits (17-30-7) twice had two-man advantages in the game. Adirondack killed off the first to end the opening period, despite two great Bandits chances on one shift -- defenseman's Bobby Marshall's shot was tipped just wide of the net by Mike Leclerc and Frank Banham missed the net with a high shot from the slot nine seconds later.

"We have some boys up in Anaheim right now, our two leading goal-scorers. It's pretty obvious that's hurt us," Mantha said. "But I don't think we have anything to be ashamed of. We played hard. It's unfortunate we didn't win; we played well enough to win."

Nikulin cashed in on the Bandits' second two-man advantage three minutes into the third period to make it 3-1.

The Red Wings got goals from Allan Egeland, Mark Major and Mike Knuble, the last on a power play with 24 seconds left in the second.

"I thought they took the tempo to us in the first period, and we wanted to take it away from them in the second," Adirondack coach Glenn Merkosky said. "We wanted to frustrate them, and I thought we did a much better job of finishing our checks and limiting their chances."

Manlow spun and whipped a loose puck from the top of the crease under Maracle's outstretched stick with 6: 08 left in the game to cut the deficit to 3-2, but Spring answered for the Red Wings less than two minutes later. He skated around Marshall in the right circle and beat goalie Tom Askey with a backhander.

Wren wrestled his stick free in front and beat Maracle with a high wrist shot to get the Bandits within a goal, but they couldn't tie it.

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Pub Date: 2/10/97

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