Jones is bearing up well for Skipjacks, who beat Hershey, 4-2


The Skipjacks' Keith Jones seems intent on making a habit of being cruel to Bears.

The 23-year-old right wing from Ontario scored two goals, both on power plays, in the Skipjacks' 4-2 victory over the Hershey Bears last night before 2,867 at the Baltimore Arena. His goals -- the last two of the game -- came late in the first period and 5:10 into the second.

Jones scored four goals in last Tuesday's 7-5 exhibition win over the Bears at the Arena in the Skipjacks' final tuneup for the season opener. He played six games with the Skipjacks at the end of last season after a college career at Western Michigan.

Noting that Jones didn't score in Friday night's opener against the Binghamton Rangers, coach Barry Trotz said, "Keith is the straight forward type. After those four goals Tuesday, I think he tried to be fancier, but that made him less effective."

Smiling, Jones said: "When goals come easy, sometimes you try to get them easy the next time. It doesn't work that way. You have to play at a high energy level."

The victory gives the Skipjacks a win and a tie in their first two games. Last night's game was the season opener for Hershey.

Hershey is the Skipjacks' oldest rival. The Bears came into this season with a 54-68-13 lead in the series, including a 3-10-3 advantage last season. In eight games in Hershey last year, the Skipjacks dropped seven and tied one.

The game wasn't yet four minutes old last night when Hershey had a 2-0 lead. Pat Murray scored the first goal at the one-minute mark and Toni Porkka followed with his at 3:38.

Then, in a six-minute span, the Skipjacks scored three unanswered goals, two on power plays, for a 3-2 advantage.

Scoring shots by Shawn Anderson and Darren McAusland were followed by Keith Jones' at 19:28.

It was Jones again in the second period with another power-play goal that gave Baltimore a 4-2 lead that stood up for the remainder of the period. Each of the last three Hershey penalties led to Skipjack goals.

Both teams had numerous opportunities in the period. Baltimore took 10 shots, Hershey seven.

After tonight's game at Hershey, the Skipjacks will be idle until Friday, when they visit Rochester. Their next home game is Oct. 23 against Utica.

NOTES: Tim Tookey, Hershey's all-star center, who missed last Tuesday's exhibition game here against the Skipjacks because of strep throat, played last night. The Skipjacks won that game, 7-5. . . . The Bears came out in new uniforms last night for the first time since the 1978-79 season, when they won the Calder Cup. . . .

The Skipjacks' locker room recently was painted red, white and blue, the team colors. And Trotz has posted signs on the walls, including some slogans he first heard as a youngster growing up in Canada.

One sign reads: "We Can Give You Everything But Guts." In ice hockey, another sign declares, a "P.H.D. is Pride, Hustle and Desire."

Again, some other postings are: "Success Is The Strength Of Your Backbone, Not Your Wishbone," and, "Just Win."

Hershey 2 0 0 -- 2

Skipjacks 3 1 0 -- 4

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