The Baltimore Skipjacks found out last night that they can beat the Hershey Bears.
After going five games without beating the Bears, the Skipjacks struck with a vengeance before 5,079 at the Baltimore Arena to score a 7-4 AHL Southern Division victory.
Bobby Reynolds, John Purves and Jim Hrivnak were keys to the victory which snapped a three-game losing streak. Reynolds had two goals and two assists; Purves had two goals and four assists; and Hrivnak made 31 saves and also had an assist.
Simon Wheeldon, Ken Lovsin and Reggie Savage also scored for Baltimore, and Savage had a goal disallowed for interfering with Hershey goalie Ray Latourneau. Todd Hlushko handed out three assists.
Wes Walz scored twice for the Bears and Martin Hostak and Dale Kushner had single goals.
Hostak, allowed to stand in the slot just off the crease, knocked his own rebound through the pads of Hrivnak for a 1-0 Hershey lead with 9 minutes, 11 seconds elapsed in the first period.
The Skipjacks tied the score at 14:06 when Purves stole the puck at center ice and fed Wheeldon who went in alone and beat Latourneau from close range. The goal ended a drought by Baltimore in which the opposition had scored eight straight goals.
Savage, steaming down the slot accepted a pass from Hlushko on the right boards, and beat Latourneau with a wrist shot with 49 seconds remaining in the first period.
Walz tied the score for Hershey at 12:19 of the second period. Walz took a pass from Chris Jensen and walked in untouched and beat Hrivnak from just off the crease.
Baltimore regained the lead when Reynolds knocked the rebound of a shot by Purves through the pads of Latourneau at 13:45. Reynolds scored his second goal of the period at 16:03 when and Jiri Vykoukal went in on a two-on- one break and Reynolds converted a perfect cross-slot pass.
NOTES: In a collegiate preliminary game, Maryland defeated Towson State, 5- 4. . . . Dick Bosman, Orioles pitching coach, dropped the first puck. . . . Among the notables on hand last night were Russ Farwell, Philadelphia Flyers general manager; Jim Pappin of the Chicago Blackhawks; and Gord Lane of the New York Islanders. . . . The Flyers assigned D Jiri Latal to Hershey, but he refused to report, citing an injured knee. . . . The Skipjacks LW Brent Hughes missed the game with the flu.