Wednesday, Dec. 10, 1997 | 3:27 a.m.
Cleveland Lumberjacks 2, Fort Wayne Komets 0
CLEVELAND--Eric Perrin and John Craighead scored as the Cleveland Lumberjacks (13-10-3) shut out the Fort Wayne Komets (10-13-1) Tuesday at Gund Arena. Perrin's first-period goal was unassisted. Martin St. Louis and Alexi Krivchenkov helped set up Craighead's insurance tally, which came early in the third period. Goalie Derek Wilkinson stopped 25 shots to help the Jacks snap a three-game losing streak and move into first place in the IHL Central Division. Fort Wayne's Kevin Weekes faced 40 shots and made 38 saves.
Kansas City Blades 5, Milwaukee Admirals 2
MILWAUKEE--Third-period goals by David Bruce, Jason Cirone and Jason Herter pushed the Kansas City Blades (12-13-3) past the Milwaukee Admirals (14-11-1) 5-2 Tuesday in front of 6,935 at the Bradley Center. Bruce, whose goal at 4:48 was the game-winner, also assisted on first-period tallies by Dale Craigwell and Normand Rochefort. Craigwell, Claudio Scremin and J.F. Quintin also finished with two assists apiece as the third-place Blades pulled within two points of Milwaukee for second place in the Midwest Division. Sean McCann and Eric Fenton scored for the Admirals, both in the second period. Winning goalie Jon Casey turned away 30 of the Admirals' 32 shots. Mike Torchia stopped 24 of 29 for Milwaukee.
Chicago Wolves 2, Manitoba Moose 1
WINNIPEG--Ravil Gusmanov scored twice, including the game-winner at 15:06 of the third period, to give the Chicago Wolves (19-6-2) a 2-1 win over the Manitoba Moose (10-16-2) Tuesday before 4,183 at Winnipeg Arena. Gusmanov put the Central Division-leading Wolves on the board on a power play at 12:21 of the second period. Manitoba's Rick Girard equalized early in the third. Netminder Wendell Young faced 33 shots for the outgunned Wolves, preserving the win with 32 saves. Rich Parent stopped 20 of 22 for the Moose.
Houston Aeros 4, San Antonio Dragons 1
SAN ANTONIO--Ken McRae scored two power play goals to lead the Houston Aeros (16-9-3) to a 4-1 win over the San Antonio Dragons (9-17-2) Tuesday in front of 5,085 at Freeman Coliseum. Brian Wiseman had assists on both of McRae's tallies, as well as on a second-period goal by Mike Maurice. Trent Cull also scored in the second period as the Aeros racked up a 4-0 lead. Daniel Shank spoiled goalie Ryan Bach's shutout with a shorthanded goal 13:36 into the final period. Bach finished with 25 saves to post his ninth win. Dragons goalie Pokey Reddick was hammered with 51 shots, and made 47 saves as San Antonio's two-game winning streak came to an end.