Power-play goals lift Jacks to 4-3 win


SPRINGFIELD, Mass. -- Although the Springfield Indians had 10 power plays to the Baltimore Skipjacks' two, the Jacks scored on both of theirs in a 4-3 victory before 5,676 last night at the Springfield Civic Center.

The Tribe got one power-play goal in its 10 chances.

Mark Ferner broke a 3-3 tie with 7 minutes, 23 seconds remaining in the third period, sending a 55-footer past Springfield goalie Ross McKay, with the Indians' Marc Bergevin sitting out a penalty for closing his hand on the puck.

Ferner got the puck off a faceoff, skated toward the middle of the ice and fired his shot past McKay.

"All the goals at this time of the year are good ones," Ferner said. "It was one of those games we knew we had to win. They have fast forwards, and we had to slow them down."

'We've been losing the tight ones lately. We had a lot of intensity out there tonight. We really wanted this one," coach Rob Laird said.

Springfield had taken a 3-2 lead on Joe Day's 18th goal at 3:41 of the period, a backhander past goaltender Jim Hrivnak.

It took 1:45 for the Jacks to tie the score, as Joel Quenneville beat McKay with a shot from the left point.

Springfield outshot Baltimore 11-5 in the first period, but the teams were tied at 1.

The Indians scored first on Dale Henry's his second goal of the season at 10:16 of the first period. Joe Day passed from the left circle to his uncovered wing, who fired a backhander past Hrivnak.

Alfie Turcotte tied the score at 15:37 on the Skipjacks' first power play, when Springfield's Marc Bergevin was called for roughing. Turcotte took a rebound off the boards, skated in alone and after some fancy stickwork, sent the puck over McKay.

Penalties played a part in second-period goals by Turcotte and Springfield's Michel Picard. Turcotte's came while each team was a man short and Picard's on a power play.

Turcotte made it 2-1 at 3:38 as he used Brian Chapman as a screen and caromed a shot off the right pad of McKay. Breaking down the right wing, Turcotte threaded his shot through the legs of Chapman, catching McKay by surprise.

A variety of penalties gave Springfield a five-on-three situation, and Picard took advantage for his 42nd of the season at 5:02. Terry Yake fought off Lovsin and shoveled a one-handed pass to Picard, who was stationed 15 feet in front of the net.

Springfield had a golden opportunity to take the lead just before the horn ending the second period, but Hrivnak made a pair of saves on Picard in a flurry in front of the net.

The Skipjacks visit the Hersheypark Arena for a 7:30 game against the Bears tonight.

Baltimore ....1.. ..1 .. .. 2.. .. --.. .. 4

Springfield 1 .. .. 1 .. .. 1.. .. --.. .. 3

First period--1, Springfield, Henry 2 (Day, Greig), 10:16. 2, Baltimore, Turcotte 30 (Lovsin, Ferner), 15:37 (pp). Penalties--Hrivnak, Bal (delay of game) served by Maltais, 0:24; Babcock, Bal (holding), 11:07; Bergevin, Spr (roughing), 14:41.

Second period--3, Baltimore, Turcotte 31 (Larter), 3:38. 4, Springfield, Picard 42 (Yake, Humeniuk), 5:02 (pp). Penalties--Murray, Bal triple-minor (double spearing, roughing) served by Sjogren, 1:33; Richards, Spr (roughing), 1:33; Viveiros, Spr (holding), 1:49; Larter, Bal (slashing), 4:33; Taylor, Bal (slashing), 5:06; Black, Spr double-minor (spearing) served by Atcheynum, 5:06; Ferner, Bal (slashing), 5:53; Ferner, Bal double-minor (cross-checking, roughing) served by Sjogren, 10:12; Murray, Bal misconduct, 10:12; Tancill, Spr (roughing), 10:12; Govedaris, Spr misconduct, 10:12; Paynter, Bal (hooking), Third period--5, Springfield, Day 18 (Greig), 3:41. 6, Baltimore, Quenneville 4, 5:26. 7, Baltimore, Ferner 12 (Maltais, Purves), 12:37 (pp). Penalties--Taylor, Bal (holding), 8:48; Bergevin, Spr (closing hand on puck), 12:21; Reynolds, Bal (interference), 16:43.

Shots on goal--Baltimore 5-9-13--27; Springfield 11-5-8--24. Power-play opportunities--Baltimore 2 of 2; Springfield 1 of 10. Goalies--Baltimore, Hrivnak 15-12-4 (24 shots-21 saves); Springfield, McKay 6-10-3 (27-23). A--5,676. Referee--Paul Devorski. Linesmen--Marty Demers, John Malinosky.


*Skipjacks tonight

Opponent: Hershey Bears

Site: Hersheypark Arena, Hershey, Pa., 7:35 p.m.

Radio: WLIF (1300 AM)

Tickets: Sold out

Outlook: Baltimore has won the 14-game season series, with 8 victories in the previous 13 games. This will be Frank Mathers Night, honoring the former Bears coach and general manager who is retiring as president after the season.

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