Big second period lifts Jacks over Islanders, 8-5


TROY, N.Y. -- Five different Baltimore players scored in the second period as the Skipjacks took firm control in the middle session for an 8-5 American Hockey League victory over the Capital District Islanders last night.

It was the next-to-last game of the regular season for both clubs. Baltimore (39-33-7) finishes tonight at Binghamton, the Skipjacks' first-round opponent for the Calder Cup playoffs. The first-year Isles (28-42-9), who failed to qualify for the playoffs, finish in Rochester tonight.

Baltimore will return home after tonight's game before going back to Binghamton on Friday night for the first game of their series.

We want to go in there [tonight] and give a good showing," Baltimore coach Rob Laird said of tonight's game. This was a tough game with the Islanders. They've got a good team, and I HTC really don't think there was a weak team in our division. [Last-place] Newmarket always played us tough, too."

It was tied at 1 through an evenly played first period.

Bob Joyce got Baltimore off to a good start, pouncing on a pass by CD's Travis Green deep in Islanders' territory and skating in alone on goalie Danny Lorenz for a hard wrist shot. Lorenz repelled the shot, but the carom came right to Joyce, who easily tucked a backhander past the fallen Lorenz at 2 minutes, 59 seconds.

Capital District got even when Paul Guay scored his third goal in as many games, putting a short shovel shot past Shawn Simpson from the left side of the cage at 9:21.

But the middle period belonged to the Jacks, who not only outscored the hosts 5-1 but enjoyed a 17-5 edge in shots on goal as well as a decided territorial advantage.

Five different Baltimore shooters put a shot past the beleaguered Lorenz, who let in five of the first 15 shots he saw in the second period.

Reggie Savage put Baltimore ahead to stay at 2-1, tipping home a slap shot by Mark Ferner for a power-play tally at 2:42. It was Savage's 32nd goal.

Jiri Vykoykal scored unassisted at 4:17, finishing off a 2-on-1 break by firing a hard shot from the left faceoff circle that deflected off the glove of CD defenseman Brad Turner and into the net for a 3-1 Jacks lead.

Thomas Sjogren, Steve Maltais and Rob Murray all would score before the Islanders could counter with a short-handed goal at 18:26.

Notes: The Skipjacks added defenseman Wade Bartley to the roster before game time.

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