Bandits fall in flurry of punches, goals, 5-1 Carolina fights way out of 0-11-1 skid; teams meet again tonight


GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Sometimes an opponent is so desperate, the best course of action is to get out of the way.

The Bandits were run over, 5-1, last night at the Greensboro Coliseum by the Carolina Monarchs, a team motivated by an 0-11-1 winless streak that included three losses to their Mid-Atlantic Division rivals.

The Monarchs tied a season-high in scoring and the rivals set a season standard for fighting with six incidents and three game misconducts.

"They outworked us and they deserved to win," Bandits coach Moe Mantha said.

The Monarchs never gave the Bandits a chance to turn the tide, extending a 1-0 lead after the first period to 4-0 midway through the second on goals by Gilbert Dionne, Steve Washburn and Trevor Doyle.

"To finally get it and get it convincingly, hopefully the guys know what it takes now to go out and beat people," said Monarchs winger Craig Martin, who scored his first goal of the season and set off a third-period skirmish with the first of four fights in a late two-minute stretch.

With the game in hand, emotions got out of hand in those final minutes. The teams have played four times this month with another game tonight.

That familiarity bred contempt as the teams combined for 108 penalty minutes -- 84 in the third period.

When Podollan checked Keith Aldridge hard into the boards following the first fight, emotions boiled over.

Byron Briske stepped in to fight Podollan, and received a flurry of punches to the head for his efforts. Aldridge skated to Steve Washburn, and Washburn floored him with a series of punches.

Not to be outdone, Doyle and Chris Herperger jumped each other 20 seconds later. Herperger again got the worst of it as Doyle dropped him to the ice before officials broke it up.

Aldridge, Briske and Washburn each drew game misconducts.

The Bandits didn't get their usual stellar effort from starting goalie Mike Bales, who had yielded four goals total in three

previous wins over Carolina. Bales is one game shy of tying the team record for consecutive starts (20).

Carolina beat Bales three times with rebound goals and once with a hard slap shot by Doyle after Bales had stopped a Podollan shot.

Bandits tonight

Opponent: Carolina Monarchs

Site: Greensboro (N.C.) Coliseum

Time: 7: 05

Radio: WWLG (1360 AM), WASA (1330 AM)

Outlook: Not that they were thinking negatively about their now ended winless streak (0-11-1), but the Monarchs uncovered the longest winless streak in AHL history: 0-22-1 by the 1962-63 Pittsburgh Hornets.

Pub Date: 11/22/96

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