Looking to create more space for the players expected to provide their goals, the Bandits have summoned a pair of guys not noted for holding their tempers from the East Coast Hockey League. Forwards Chris Rowland of Louisville and Trevor Senn of Richmond spent, combined, the equivalent of about a dozen games in the penalty box last season.
Assigned to Richmond was Mike Taylor, who picked up his first AHL point (an assist) in Sunday's loss to Worcester.
Rowland, who played for Bandits coach Moe Mantha with the ECHL's Columbus Chill last year, has made three trips to the AHL (82 games), has played in the International Hockey League and is currently a player-assistant coach in Louisville, where he registered eight assists in 14 games. Senn has the reputation of being one of the more rugged individuals in the ECHL.
Pirates on a roll
Portland, farm club of the Washington Capitals, continues to go bonkers. The Pirates ripped off four wins last week to run their streak to nine, and they're unbeaten in 12 games. When they beat Springfield, 4-3, last Friday, they ended a nine-game (8-0-1) unbeaten streak by the Falcons. With eight points, including five goals in the four wins, Portland forward Anson Carter took Sher-Wood Player of the Week honors.
Ex-Bandit Jim Campbell continues on a tear for the St. Louis Blues. Among his NHL rookie-leading 11-8-19 numbers are five game-winning goals. The Mighty Ducks didn't bother to sign Campbell after he scored 41 goals for Fredericton and Baltimore last season, and St. Louis scooped him up during the summer.
It must have seemed to the Worcester IceCats as if they had stepped into a time warp when they played the Bandits in Baltimore on Sunday. It was a somnolent affair, the visitors winning, 2-1, with 11 minor penalties called before an announced crowd of 1,712.
The night before, 6,327 showed up at a rocking Hersheypark Arena to see the IceCats and Bears stage six fights. There were four misconducts, four ejections, two attempts-to-injure match penalties and 182 minutes in penalties meted out.
And the night before that, in Philadelphia and in front of 8,836, there were five fights, a half-dozen misconducts and 150 minutes in penalties. Worcester lost both wars.
Onward and upward
Three league games hit the tube this week -- Saint John at Worcester last night, Portland at Springfield tomorrow and xTC Syracuse at Rochester Sunday making it onto New England and Empire State regional cable. The expansion Kentucky Thoroughblades continue to lead the AHL in attendance. They had crowds totaling 11,328 for two games against Philadelphia last weekend and have averaged 7,500 for 10 games, about 300 more than second-place Providence.
The Bandits are 1-for-43 in power plays during the nine games (3-6) they've played in November. Rochester has scored eight short-handed goals in 20 games. The Saint John Flames ended an eight-game losing streak last weekend, getting 39 saves from Ian Gordon against Fredericton.
Pub Date: 11/28/96