Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
The Binghamton Senators looked to extend their win streak to three games as they welcomed the North Division’s Rochester Americans to town Wednesday. Instead the B-Sens saw a 3-1 lead slip away and allowed Rochester to net three power play goals, ultimately falling to the Amerks 7-4.
Jim O’Brien opened the scoring at 7:52 of the first period, putting the Senators on the board as he flipped his seventh goal of the season past Rochester’s Jacob Markstrom. Line mate Erik Condra earned credit for the lone assist, his first of two points in the game.
Ryan Del Monte responded for Rochester just over two minutes later, scoring his first of the season on the power play. Bill Thomas was credited with an assist on the goal, the first of three assists for the Rochester forward in the game.
At 13:06 of the period, Bobby Butler’s team leading tenth goal of the season, put the B-Sens back on top. Defenseman Andre Benoit added to Binghamton’s lead at 14: 37, firing a shot from the slot past Markstrom to put the B-Sens ahead by two.
Rochester’s Michal Repik rounded out the scoring in the first period, notching a goal at 17:46. Clay Wilson and Thomas assisted.
The Amerks held the B-Sens scoreless through the second period of play, adding two goals of their own to jump ahead 4-3. Chris Clackson beat Robin Lehner just 4:38 into the second stanza, while the Amerks added another power play marker from Wilson at 13:57.
The Amerks would go on to score another pair of goals in a span of 38 seconds in the third period to double up on the B-Sens 6-3. Aaron Bendickson notched his first American Hockey League goal at 4:38, while Kenndal McArdle tallied his fifth on the year at 5:17.
Later in the period Bendickson, would be sent off for tripping allowing Binghamton a man advantage. On the ensuing power play O’Brien fed a pass off a face-off to Condra who then capitalized at the 11:50 mark to bring Binghamton back with in two. That however proved to be too little too late.
B-Sens head coach Kurt Kleinendorst had pulled Lehner in favor of Barry Brust for the third period. The duo combined to make 23 saves. With 1:52 remaining in regulation, it was Brust’s turn to vacate the Binghamton net. The B-Sens succeeded in protecting their open goal, but failed to generate anymore offense with an extra attacker, sending the Amerks home with their fifth straight road victory.