Outlaws drop game at home
The only moment that offered anything positive for Williamsport, as it took on Danville for a second consecutive night, was a late rush by Bryan Mock for a goal.
The goal, the Outlaws first of the game, came with just two minutes left to play as Danville scored three shorthanded goals to take Williamsport down, 5-2, at Airmen Pond.
“There just isn’t much to say,” Outlaws coach Chris Firriolo said. “It’s been a rough two days, but we’ll weather the storm and get through it. I’m not really worried about it.”
One night after Dustin Skinner became the first opposing player to notch a hat trick at Airmen Pond, he struck again with three consecutive shorthanded goals to open the game.
All three goals looked similar, with Skinner jumping in front of errant passes and cashing in on the other end.
“We weren’t really good on special teams,” Firriolo said.
A bad turnover by Nathan Oke led to Skinner’s first goal. Skinner then intercepted another pass inside the Outlaws’ (19-3-3-15) zone for his second goal. In both instances Chris Whitley, who returned after missing Friday’s game, was left hanging against 1 on 1 attempts.
In the two-game series vs. Danville (13-2-1-20), Skinner scored six goals and added two assists. All three of his goals Saturday came from shorthanded attempts.
And prior to those shorthanded goals, the Outlaws appeared on the verge of redeeming themselves after Friday’s 7-2 letdown against the Dashers. The Outlaws posted the first five shots of the contest and even received some luck when Tim Recio was only called for delay of game after dropping his gloves for a fight.
The Outlaws’ good fortunes quickly vanished, though, as Skinner’s two goals gave Danville a 2-0 lead at the first intermission.
“It’s really hard to get on the guys right now,” Firriolo said. “We’re playing short and have guys in the line-up that wouldn’t normally be here. It put a lot of pressure on the guys.”
The second period offered no reprieve for the Outlaws as Skinner once again made them pay with a shorthanded goal. With the goal, Skinner became the first visiting player in Airmen Pond’s history with back-to-back hat tricks.
Special teams plagued the Outlaws through Saturday’s contest. The Outlaws were blanked in 16 minutes of power play chances.
“It’s tough against a team like Danville, because they work hard,” Zaleski said. “They have lines that can all play and if you only have two against their three you wear down. It’s definitely tough.”
Mock finally got the Outlaws on the board with a push in the final two minutes to get a shot by Justin Sand.
The small, but dedicated, group of fans at the game cheered enough to help the Outlaws record their second goal less than 30 seconds later. William McCreary was credited with the goal.