Amerks Get Blanked by B-Sens, 5-0
(Binghamton, NY)... Five different goal scorers and a 30-save shutout from veteran goaltender Scott Greenham powered the Binghamton Senators to a 5-0 win over the Rochester Americans Saturday night at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. The loss extends Rochester's winless streak to four games and drops the Amerks' overall record to 28-41-5-1 heading into Sunday's regular season finale.
Mark Pysyk and Brady Austin each recorded a team-high five shots while Anthony Peters finished with 31 saves to fall to 1-6-0-0 on the season for Rochester.
Troy Rutkowski, Shane Prince and Cole Schneider each recorded a goal and an assist and Ryan Dzingel notched two helpers in the win for Binghamton, which earned the season sweep over the Amerks. Derek Grant and Alex Guptill also found the back of the net to round out the scoring and Greenham turned aside all 30 shots he faced to pick up his second shutout of the season.
Binghamton jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 4:53 into the contest after Grant found some open space in the neutral zone and capitalized off a 2-on-1 fastbreak for his 21st goal of the season. Danny Hobbs used the right wing boards to spring Grant free near center ice and the veteran forward would take care of the rest, using Alex Wideman as a decoy before snapping a shot off the far post and in from the bottom of the right circle.
The start of the second period featured some exciting end-to-end action and an even better goaltending duel between Peters and Greenham. Sam Reinhart had perhaps Rochester's best chance of the frame when he was left all alone in front with an opportunity to convert a centering feed from Phil Varone. Reinhart, who recorded two assists in his Amerks debut last night, appeared to have Greenham beat, but the Senators netminder snared it out of the air at the last second to deny Reinhart his bid for his first professional goal.
The momentum would soon shift in Binghamton's favor, however, as Rutkowski snuck one past Peters from long range to increase the Senators' lead to a pair. After Peters stymied Buddy Robinson and company on an oddman rush, Robinson collected the ensuing rebound and sent a pass up to the right point to Rutkowski, who floated a shot on goal that skipped through Peters and in despite the goaltender's desperate attempt to grab the puck in time.
Binghamton widened the gap with three more goals in the third period, including scoring twice in 26 seconds to put Rochester in a 4-0 hole. The first came just seconds after Matt Prapavessis nearly made good on a wrap-around attempt, but a quick transition by the Senators would lead to Prince, a native of nearby Spencerport, tapping home a centering feed from Schneider at 6:05. Just 26 seconds later, Guptill cushioned the B-Sens to a comfortable 4-0 advantage when he picked the upper right corner over the catching glove of Peters from between the circles.
Schneider put the game away at the 14:00 mark, one-timing a perfect set up from Carter Camper under the crossbar for his team-leading 29th goal of the season to put the finishing touches on Binghamton's 5-0 victory.
Rochester brings the 2014-15 regular season to a close on Sunday, April 19 with one final go-around against the Adirondack Flames at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The 5:00 p.m. matchup will be the 12th and final meeting between the North Division rivals this season and will be carried live on FOX Sports 1280 Rochester. The Amerks won the previous meeting between the two teams, 7-4, back on Feb. 13, but are winless in their five games against the Flames in Glens Falls.
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