UTICA, NEW YORK — UTICA, N.Y. -- The NHL All-Star Game must have rubbed off on the Utica Devils and Baltimore Skipjacks last night.
The two teams combined for 10 goals and 62 shots on goal before settling for a 5-5 overtime tie. The wild American Hockey League game was played before 2,882 fans at the Utica Memorial Auditorium.
Jon Morris had a pair of goals and Dean Malkoc two assists for Utica, third in the Southern Division. Bill Armstrong and Jim Dowd each had a goal and an assist.
Armstrong was called back from Cincinnati one day after getting re-assigned there. The Devils, who closed out a three-game homestand, are winless in four games (0-2-2).
Reggie Savage had three goals and defenseman Jason Woolley a goal and two assists to pace the Skipjacks, who are also winless in four games (0-3-1). Defenseman Brad Schlegel also scored and defenseman Jeff Nelson added two assists.
Baltimore's Byron Dafoe made 29 saves and Martin Brodeur of Utica had 23.
"Without [Savage], we'd be in trouble. He goes to the net hard, and he scores," Trotz said. "We're pleased we got one point, but a lot of guys are playing hurt. We brought up [Darren] Schwartz just to have enough bodies, but he wasn't used much."
Baltimore took a 4-1 lead early in the second period, but Utica rallied for a 4-4 tie on Armstrong's goal early in the third. But Savage got his hat trick nine seconds later, scoring off John Byce's pass in front at 8:27.
"We were up 4-1," Savage said. "We were just coming off a loss to Binghamton, so we're a little disappointed, but we're happy to get the point.
"This is my option year. I've got to play really hard. A lot of teams are watching me, and you never know what's going to happen next year."
Ben Hankinson tied it at 5 at 12:04 of the third by deflecting Jaroslav Modry's drive from the point.
Savage scored his 32nd goal of the season, unassisted, at 2:38 of the first. He stole the puck from Modry in front of the Devils' net, then snapped a wrist shot by Brodeur.
The Devils tied it at 3:33. Morris stick-handled around several players, causing Dafoe to lose his balance. Morris turned and lifted the puck over the fallen goalie.
Baltimore opened the third period with a five-on-three advantage
for 1:26 but was unable to convert.