Rookie goalie Tom Draper made 42 saves to hand the Baltimore Skipjacks their first shutout of the American Hockey League season last night as the Moncton Hawks scored a 3-0 victory at the Baltimore Arena.
Draper made several big saves down the stretch and raised his record to 5-2-0 in the process.
"I had a lot of help," Draper said. "My defense did a good job. They checked well and didn't allow Baltimore to get the rebounds. It was a very satisfying win. It's always nice to get your first shutout of the season."
Skipjacks coach Rob Laird was impressed.
"He played a great game for Moncton. We came out with a lot of enthusiasm in the first period, but we didn't play with the proper concentration and intensity the rest of the game," Laird said. "Draper was the difference, especially in the third period, when he made several very big stops."
Moncton coach Dave Farrish, a former Skipjacks defenseman, also praised Draper.
"He was hot. He did a great job for me," Farrish said. "I knew he could play because I had him early in the season, and then we sent him to the Fort Wayne Komets. When Winnipeg called up two of my goalies [Stephane Beauregard and Rick Tabaracci], we needed a goalie and we called up Draper on Friday.
"I put him right into the game, and he has done a great job for me. He allowed one goal Friday at Binghamton and two here last night [Saturday] and none tonight. That's pretty good goaltending, no matter what league its in.
"We knew Baltimore was tired playing five games in six nights, and we wanted to jump on top early. We got the lead, and thanks to Draper, we made it stand up."
Scott Schneider scored two goals, one on a power play and the other into an empty net, and Brian Martin, called up just before the game from the Hampton Roads Admirals of the East Coast League, had a goal and an assist.
Despite the loss, the Skipjacks still hold a one-point lead over the Adirondack Red Wings in the Southern Division race.
The Skipjacks hit the goal posts with four shots and had an apparent goal disallowed.
Baltimore pulled its goalie with 1 minute, 57 seconds remaining, and Schneider scored his second goal of the game with 39 seconds remaining into an empty net.
Moncton scored on its first shot as Brian Martin deflected a shot from the right point by Dallas Eakins past Skipjacks goalie Olaf Kolzig for a 1-0 lead just 96 seconds after the opening faceoff.
The Hawks increased their lead to 2-0 on Scott Schneider's power-play goal. Schneider's slap shot from the right circle went past a screened Kolzig with 2:23 remaining in the first period.
The Skipjacks' Rob Murray was called for a five-minute major penalty for high-sticking and also handed a game-misconduct penalty by referee Kevin Muench midway through the second period. Baltimore killed off the penalty.
The Skipjacks had a two-man advantage for 1:23 and could not score and Thomas Sjogren scored an apparent goal for the Baltimore but the referee ruled he had whistled the play dead and disallowed the goal.
NOTES: Moncton recalled two players, LW Murray Hood and RW Brian Martin, from the Hampton Roads Admirals of the East Coast Hockey League yesterday to replace RW Tony Joseph and LW Brent Hughes, both of whom are injured. . . . David Poile, general manager, Lew Strudler, director of promotions, and Jack Button, director of player personnel for the Washington Capitals, were on hand.
First period--1. Moncton, Martin 1 (Eakins, Wheeldon), 1:36; 2. Moncton, Schneider 11 (Hervey, Martin), pp, 17:37. Penalties--Richison, Mon (holding), 5:36; Babcock, Bal (interference), 11:30; Larocque, Mon (tripping), 14:45; Sjogren, Bal, double-minor (spearing), 15:02; Duncan, Mon (roughing), 17:25; Muray, Bal (high-sticking), 17:25; Levins, Mon (hooking), 19:06.
Second period: none. Penalties--Hood, Mon (holding), 6:05; Murray, Bal five-minute major (high-sticking and game misconduct), 8:47; Levins, Mon (interference and unsportsmanlike conduct), 11:13; Richison, Mon (roughing), 12:52; Maltais, Bal ( roughing and unsportsmanlike conduct), 12:52; Kolzig, Bal, served by Savage, ( delay of game), 14:25; TC Eakins, Mon (holding), 17:10; Marchment, Mon (delay of game), 17:48; Larocque, Mon (holding), 20:00.
Third period--3. Moncton, Schneider 12, en, 19:21. Penalties--Duncan, Mon (high- sticking), 3:58.
Shots on goal: Moncton 11-6-3-20. Baltimore 9-15-18-42. Power-play opportunities: Moncton 1 of 7. Baltimore 0 of 8. Goalies: Moncton, Draper 5-2-0 (42 shots, 42 saves). Baltimore, Kolzig 7-8-0 (19-17). A--2,544. Referee--Kevin Muench. Linesmen: Jay Shrrers, Randy Wisler.