Adirondack hands Bandits second loss in two nights Maneluck has only goals in 6-2 defeat on road


GLENS FALLS, N.Y. -- The fledgling Baltimore Bandits are still looking for the first win in their young franchise's history.

The Bandits, who brought the American Hockey League's version of the sport back to Baltimore after a year's absence, dropped a 6-2 decision to the Adirondack Red Wings here last night.

A crowd of 3,731 was on hand for the home team's season-opener at the Glens Falls Civic Center.

The loss was the second straight for the Bandits, who were beaten 3-1 by expansion-mate Carolina Friday before a crowd of 7,293 at the Baltimore Arena.

The Bandits, possibly tired from their second game in two nights, were consistently beaten to the puck throughout the game.

Even when Baltimore had an advantage, it failed to capitalize. Adirondack outscored the Bandits 5-2 in the second period despite the visitors having the period's only three power-play situations. The Bandits failed to get off a single shot on any of those man- advantage situations.

Adirondack, on the other hand, got a short-handed goal in the second session and had three other man-down breakaway chances that Baltimore goalie Byron Penstock turned away.

The game wasn't without some encouraging play from the Bandits. It's just that most of it came in a 17-second span when left wing Mike Maneluk scored two goals to give Baltimore a 2-0 lead.

After that, though, it was all Adirondack. The Red Wings got their first goal at 9:52 of the second period when Kurt Miller intercepted a sloppy Baltimore pass, skated in alone and flipped one over Penstock's right shoulder in a short-handed situation.

Adirondack tied it at 12:16 of the period on Jason MacDonald's in-close shot.

The winners got their next two goals even faster than Maneluk produced Baltimore's scores. Dave Chyzowski scored next for the winners at 15:30 of the second period. Thirteen seconds later, teammate Mark Major stuffed one past Penstock for a 4-2 advantage.

Adirondack added yet another goal in the high-powered second period when Miller again scored from close range at 19:09.

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