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Mike Bales, coming off an excellent performance in goal as the Bandits beat Springfield, 2-1, Sunday, has been called up to his parent team (Ottawa Senators) to spell injured Damian Rhodes. Bales is 3-3-4 in his last 10 decisions dating to the first of the year. He was the man for the Bandits in their first 19 games (7-10-2) as Tom Askey was recovering from a shoulder separation.

What was it Yogi Berra said about games being over?

Kentucky trailed the Crunch, 3-1, after two periods in Syracuse, and 6,000 home fans were whooping it up. Then, like Silky Sullivan, the Thoroughblades streaked past. Seven goals (in just nine shots) in just 16 minutes produced an 8-5 win to end an 0-7-2 slump. The same night, Portland got five goals in the third period to sprint away from Worcester, 7-4.

Another big road comeback was turned in by Binghamton, which trailed Albany 4-0 early in the third period before squaring the game in regulation, then winning in overtime on a Pete Ferraro goal. Ferraro has been on a tear lately, racking up 15 goals during a 15-game stretch while accounting for 27 points.

Phantoms top draw

Philadelphia has streaked past Providence as the top-drawing team in the AHL, its game average standing at 7,650 after 29 home dates. Of course, the Phantoms' home record of 23-4-2 helps hugely. Providence has drawn 7,350 per game and Kentucky also maintains a 7,000-plus average (7,250). The first 10 teams in the 18-team league have averaged 5,200 or better, with five more averaging about 4,300.

Don Beaupre, who recorded 268 NHL victories starting when he was 19 years old, played back to those glory days last week when he posted back-to-back shutouts against the Fredericton Canadiens for the St. John's Maple Leafs. Beaupre had seven power plays to contend with in one of the games. Brian Wiseman of the Canadiens had a league-high 19-game point streak that ended.

Those shutouts were just two of six registered by league goalies in a four-day span. The league record for shutouts is 49, but there already have been 42 this season. J.F. Labbe of Hershey is the leader with five shutouts.

In his first nine games for Syracuse following a 19-game sojourn with the Vancouver Canucks, Lonny Bohonos piled up 17 points, including eight goals. He had a goal and three assists as the Crunch was ending the Phantoms' unbeaten streak at 21 (20-0-1) in Philadelphia.

The prize for being the one-millionth fan to attend a Portland Pirates game (in three-plus seasons) is a trip to Washington to see the parent Capitals take on the Florida Panthers next month. Considering the way the Caps are going -- three wins in their last 14 games -- that's a prize?

Ex-Skipjack near milestone

Mitch Lamoureux (Providence), who was named the AHL's top rookie in 1983, is two assists short of posting his 400th league assist. The former member of the Baltimore Skipjacks and Hershey Bears currently sits 19th on the all-time AHL scoring list with 334 goals and 398 assists for 734 points in 626 games.

In case fans at last week's Bandits-Kentucky encounter were wondering why there were so many extended timeouts, they needn't look any further than television. The game was being telecast back to Lexington, Ky.

Speaking of TV, the AHL has a weekly 30-minute program entitled "Rinkside" that gets early-evening play in New York City, Philadelphia, Boston, Pittsburgh and throughout upstate New York and New England.

Philadelphia, which will visit the Bandits on Thursday and Sunday, has five of the top nine scorers in the AHL. Vaclav Prospal (1) Peter White (2), Patrik Juhlin (6), Shawn McCosh (7) and Bruce Coles (9) all are averaging more than a point per per game. They combined for 127 goals in their team's first 56 games.

Pub Date: 2/26/97

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