Bandits start fast, put away Bruins, 4-2

March 15, 1997|By Dan Hickling | Dan Hickling,SPECIAL TO THE SUN

PROVIDENCE, R.I. -- The Bandits got early first-period goals 14 seconds apart by Brian Corcoran and Nikolai Tsulygin, and rode that fast start last night to a 4-2 win over the Providence Bruins.

Bandits goaltender Tom Askey made 42 saves. Baltimore took advantage of a flat-footed Bruins defense on each of the first goals.

Both came off the sticks of Bandits defensemen, who were met with no resistance as they pinched in from the blue line.

Corcoran scored at 4: 47 from the right circle, as he skated in to accept a nifty pass from Baltimore center Bob Wren. He let go a wrister that Bruins goalie Scott Bailey waved at.

The goal hadn't been announced to the unhappy crowd, estimated at 4,000, when Tsulygin scored from virtually the same spot. David Sacco headmanned him the puck as he hit the blue line, which he promptly put through Bailey.

"We had to start fast," said Bandits coach Moe Mantha, "because the way they can score, we could could have found ourselves down 3-0 instead."

Baltimore continued its assault and built the lead up to 3-0 when Sacco finished a two-on-one at 9: 31. That finished Bailey for the night, and he was replaced by backup Paxton Schafer.

The Bandits lead appeared safe enough, but sitting back cost them two goals in a span of 2: 13, as Kevin Sawyer chopped in a rebound past Askey at 12: 28. Todd Elik followed that by zipping through the slot, then firing in a 10-footer.

But after Mantha called time out, the Bandits regained the momentum at 18: 33 on a delayed penalty, when Tsulygin deflected Pavel Trnka's blast from the blue line.

Bandits .. 3 1 0 -- 4

Providence 0 2 0 -- 2

Pub Date: 3/15/97

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