Jacks end stretch with 6-4 loss


The Skipjacks completed a three-games-in-three-days stretc with a 6-4 loss to the Providence Bruins last night before 1,777 at the Baltimore Arena.

The Bruins' Jim Vesey scored three goals, including the game-winner with 7:49 left. He has 33 goals for the season. Vesey, 27, has been a pro since 1988, but has made only cameo appearances in the NHL with St. Louis and Boston.

The Skipjacks entered the final period behind 3-1, but pulled to 3-2 on a goal by Al MacIsaac at 3:15 into the period.

Less than two minutes later, Providence's Tod Hartje made it 4-2.

Randy Pearce brought Baltimore to 4-3 and Brad Schlegel tied it at 4 with 11:10 left, but Vesey then gave the Bruins the lead they never surrendered.

Grigori Panteleev had two goals, including the game's final score with 39 seconds left, and an assist for Providence. Mike Boback picked up three assists for the Skipjacks.

The loss followed Saturday's 4-3 win over Providence, the second-highest scoring team in the American Hockey League behind the Binghamton Rangers. Skipjacks coach Barry Trotz said he thought goalie Byron Dafoe did a decent job containing Providence for the second straight game.

"Providence showed its true offensive colors this time and we were slow to react to some of their picks," Trotz said. "Byron was the difference, keeping the game as close as it was.

"Maybe we got so excited about Saturday's win that we forgot we were facing them again," he said.

Vesey, Providence's third-leading points producer, gave the Bruins a 1-0 lead 1:14 into the game. The Skipjacks tied it at 16:03.

Schlegel shot from far out and, as the puck was slicing wide of the goal, Jeff Greenlaw swooped in and re-directed it into the net. Schlegel got an assist, as did Boback, who leads the team with 52.

The Bruins raised their lead to 3-1 in the second period, with Vesey and Stumpel again contributing. Panteleev scored at 4:53 on a feed from Stumpel and Vesey scored his second goal late in the period.

NOTES: C Jeff Nelson, who had 11 goals and 38 assists in 64 games for the Skipjacks this season, will undergo surgery this week for removal of damaged knee cartilage. The knee has hampered him all season and gotten progressively worse. He didn't play in any of the three games this weekend. He'll be out at least a month. "Losing him hurts us," assistant coach Paul Gardner said. . . . D Jim Mathieson reinjured his back Friday and is expected to be out a few weeks. . . . Mark Hunter (fractured thumb) is two or three weeks away from returning and John Byce (shoulder), who has scored 62 points, is about a week away. John Blessman (groin pull) is day to day. . . . G Mike Parson, who played 16 games for the Skipjacks this season before being shipped to Providence, came here with the Bruins this weekend but didn't play. Mike Bales started both games. Parson has an 8-4-0 record with the Bruins.

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