B-Sens Survive Comets 4-3 in OT
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - The Binghamton Senators survived 4-3 in overtime against their host the Utica Comets. Despite leading 3-0, the B-Sens surrendered three unanswered tallies that forced overtime before Chris Wideman scored his second overtime game-winning goal of the season at 4:21.
Prior to the start of the game, Utica's Jacob Markstrom was just 36:04 away from breaking the American Hockey League's record for consecutive shutout minutes, but that ended at the 5:55 mark of the period when Alex Guptill notched his first professional goal, giving the B-Sens the 1-0 lead. With 51 seconds remaining in the first and Binghamton working the power play, Alex Grant beat Markstrom for his first of the year sending Binghamton to the first intermission with a 2-0 lead.
Wideman made it 3-0 for the B-Sens with a power-play goal at 4:38 of the second period off assists from Matt Puempel and Jean-Gabriel Pageau. With just over 40 seconds remaining in the frame, Utica's Travis Ehrhardt scored his first of the 2014-15 campaign to cut the lead to 3-1 heading into the final intermission.
Utica used a pair of third period tallies, the first from Frank Corrado at 4:07 before Henrik Tommernes sent home a power-play strike at 10:15, to even the score at 3-3.
Overtime started with chances coming early for both sides. Binghamton gained a 4-on-3 power-play advantage 3:14 into the period when Tommernes was sent to the box for hooking. Working the power play, Binghamton's Aaron Johnson fed a puck to Wideman, who beat Markstrom clean for his second of the night and sixth tally of the season.
Pageau finished the night with three assists while Johnson chipped in a pair of helpers. Cal O'Reilly contributed on all three of Utica's goals in the loss. Scott Greenham finished with 41 saves in his first start in goal for Binghamton this season to earn the victory. Markstrom allowed four goals on 27 shots faced for his first loss of the season.
Binghamton returns to home ice tomorrow, November 1, when they host the Syracuse Crunch at 7:05p.m. Tickets are available by calling the Binghamton Senators Executive Office at (607) 722-7367 or stopping in between 8:00a.m. through the second intermission. Fans can also purchase tickets through the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets during normal business hours by visiting www.ticketmaster.com or at 1-800-745-3000.
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