Capitals tie Flyers in Piney opener


Thanks to left wing Randy Pearce, the Washington Capitals rookies didn't allow the Philadelphia Flyers rookies to ruin the grand opening of the Piney Orchard Arena in Odenton last night.

Pearce, who will most likely wind up with the Baltimore Skipjacks of the American Hockey League this season, scored a goal at 10 minutes, 42 seconds of the second period to give the Washington rookies a 2-2 tie with Philadelphia in an exhibition game.

It was the third goal in two nights for Pearce in the two-game series between the rookies from Philadelphia and Washington.

Pearce and the Capitals were much sharper last night than Wednesday night in Wilmington, Del., when they lost to the Flyers, 6-4.

Washington left wing Brian Martin started last night with a goal at 8:07 of the first period for a 1-0 lead.

Bruce MacDonald and Brian Dobbin answered for Philadelphia, sending the visitors ahead, 2-1, at 9:40 of the second period.

Skipjacks coach Rob Laird, who directed the Capitals rookies said: "Usually, winning isn't that important in exhibition game. Mainly you want to evaluate things. But tonight this was special because of the grand opening. We went out and gave it our all to win."

Our guys showed a lot of effort and stood up for each other. We got over the jitters we had shown Wednesday night. We're a young team, and most of the guys were playing in their first pro game."

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