Mark Ferner had his most productive game of the season to lead the Baltimore Skipjacks to a 9-5 American Hockey League victory over the Hershey Bears before 3,335 last night at the Baltimore Arena.
The penalty-filled win was the third in the past four games for Baltimore and moved it into sole possession of second place in the Southern Division, two points ahead of the Binghamton Rangers, who were idle.
Referee Dave Jackson handed out 171 minutes in penalties, 101 to Hershey.
Ferner, who scored the first two goals of the game, had four goals and an assist for the Skipjacks and Thomas Sjogren scored two goals. Steve Maltais, Alfie Turcotte and Jiri Vykoukal also scored for Baltimore. John Purves had four assists, and Tim Taylor contributed three.
"That was an incredible performance for a defenseman," said Skipjacks coach Rob Laird of Ferner's play.
"I got a lot of excellent opportunities," said Ferner, who has 10 goals and 23 assists. "It was one of those nights when it seemed like everything I shot went in.
The victory was the eighth in 12 games for the Skipjacks against Hershey and assured them winning the Herr's Cup for the second straight season. The cup goes to the team that wins the most games in the season series between Baltimore and Hershey.
Bill Armstrong recorded three goals and an assist for Hershey.
A brawl with 37 seconds to go in the second period involved all 12 players on the ice and caused referee Dave Jackson to end the period at that point and tag the 37 seconds onto the third period.
Goalies Dominic Roussel of Hershey and Jim Hrivnak of Baltimore, and the Skipjacks Maltais and Hershey's Mark Bassin were ejected from the game, as Jackson handed out a total of 97 minutes in penalties -- 59 to Hershey -- after the fight.