Skipjacks open home schedule with easy victory


The Baltimore Skipjacks out-skated, outhit and outscored th Fredericton Canadiens in a 5-2 American Hockey League

home-opening victory Friday night before 3,199 at the Baltimore Arena.

Five Skipjacks scored, and Don Beaupre, on rehabilitation assignment from the Washington Capitals, was outstanding in goal.

Thomas Sjogren, Jeff Greenlaw, Reggie Savage, John Purves and Steve Maltais scored for Baltimore. Alfie Turcotte and Chris Felix had two assists each.

"It was nice to finally score a goal," said Maltais, who scored his first of the season by converting a perfect pass from Purves during a power play in the second period. "I hope it will give me confidence and the goals will start to come now. We have a very quick team this year, and we have a lot of guys who can put the puck in the net. We have a lot more team speed, and we're using it to our advantage."

Beaupre, who sat out the preseason in a contract dispute with the Capitals, started his first game of the season and made 20 saves, several of which were point-blank stops.

"I felt good," said Beaupre, who is supposed to be with Baltimore through tonight and then return to the Capitals tomorrow for their trip to Montreal and New Jersey. "The guys did a great job of back-checking in front of me, and we had great puck movement up the ice.

"I'm here to get ready for the National Hockey League, and that's what I'm going to do. Work hard and get ready. It's good to play, and playing will get me in shape. My ankle was fine. [Beaupre bruised it in practice Tuesday.] I didn't have that many tough chances because the guys did such a good job in front of me, but I was very pleased with my effort."

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