B-Sens Recap: B-Sens Win Twice In OT In Weekend Games
The Binghamton Senators played four games in six nights, winning three of those contests and built a seven-game winning streak before losing the final game of that stretch on Sunday afternoon.
On Friday night, the Sens hosted the top team in the league, the Manchester Monarchs. Binghamton was able to grab a 3-1 lead in the second period but Manchester was able to knot up the contest at 3 in the third. Binghamton and Manchester then traded goals and it was 4-4 going into overtime. With just 30 seconds left in the extra frame, Mike Hoffman scored to keep the Sens undefeated in overtime and the 5-4 win.
On Saturday night, rival Syracuse came to call at the Arena. Binghamton had dominated the Crunch this season but were playing their third game in five nights and it showed. It was a back and forth contest that saw the Sens down two in the second period. The Senators powerplay unit then took over the game, scoring to come within one. Shortly thereafter, Stephane DeCosta tied the game at three. Syracuse's Cedric Paquatte was called for a five minute major for boarding and on the ensuing powerplay, Binghamton scored twice to take a 5-3 lead. Binghamton's powerplay went 4-4 on the night.
Syracuse would not bend however, and scored twice in the third to tie the game at 5. The Crunch's fifth goal was a fluke tally as a wrist shot from the blue line, that appeared to be a dump in, went on net and caught Andrew Hammond napping. The shot rang loudly off the post and trickled in before Hammond even reacted.
In overtime, and on the powerplay again, the Sens sealed the victory when Chris Wideman's shot from the point sneaked past replacement goaltender Kristers Gudlevkis. The Sens took the game 6-5.
Sunday afternoon saw a visibly tired Binghamton Senators team take the ice against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on the road. Unable to get anything going offensively, the Sens fell 4-1 and ended their winning streak at seven games.
Binghamton remains in first place in the East Division by one point over the Penguins. Up next, the Sens travel to Rochester for a matchup on Wednesday before returning to the Arena on Saturday to meet up with the Adirondack Phantoms.