Skipjacks fade in 3rd period Red Wings win


GLENS FALLS, N.Y. -- Failing to capitalize on a brief respite from their slumping ways, the Baltimore Skipjacks dropped a 5-3 American Hockey League decision to the Adirondack Red Wings yesterday at the Glen Falls Civic Center.

Glenn Merkosky's goal with 3:26 left in the third period was the game-winner for the Red Wings, who won the season series, four games to two.

The Skipjacks had ended a seven-game winless streak the night before with a 4-1 victory over Binghamton, but that victory cost them against the Red Wings: They were missing leading scorer Alfie Turcotte, who was struck on the leg with a puck Saturday, and forward Bob Joyce, who suffered a concussion.

"We were one line short," Baltimore coach Rob Laird said. 'We really missed Alfie Turcotte and Rob Laird. As it was, we only got a good effort from one line [the checking line of Jeff Greenlaw, Steve Seftel and Rob Murray]."

Baltimore tied the score late in the third period on Seftel's goal. He broke out of the left corner, circled back toward the blue line and shot low through a bunch of players. Goalie Randy Hansch never saw the puck.

Adirondack reclaimed the lead 27 seconds later. Dennis Holland fed the puck to Dan Shank low in the left faceoff circle. Shank used a backhand to set up Merkosky, who was wide open on the opposite side of the net.

"I didn't even know if he saw me," Merkosky said. "[Shank] was looking the other way. The goalie and the defense were all watching him. All I had to do was dump it in."

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