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Devils Lose to Thunderbirds 3-2

March 8, 2019 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Binghamton Devils News Release

BINGHAMTON - The Binghamton Devils dropped their fourth game in a row Friday night, falling 3-2 to the Springfield Thunderbirds inside the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Arena.

Binghamton opened the scoring with 4:08 remaining in the first period after a wild sequence of events. With the Thunderbirds buzzing in the Devils zone, Evan Cormier made a few big saves, including a diving stop on the goal line. Following a scramble in the crease, Ryan Schmelzer collected the puck and sent it up ice to Nikita Popugaev, who then hit Eric Tangradi with a pass in stride. Tangradi entered the Springfield zone and fired a wrist shot from the circle, beating Chris Driedger for the 1-0 lead. Popugaev registered his first career point in the AHL on the play.

Binghamton Devils right wing Sam Kurker vs. the Springfield Thunderbirds
Binghamton Devils right wing Sam Kurker vs. the Springfield Thunderbirds
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Springfield evened the score at one goal a-piece 9:22 into the middle frame. Jean-Sebastian Dea entered the Devils zone on a three-on-one opportunity and wristed the puck past Cormier.

The Devils didn't take long to regain their lead, scoring 1:38 later. John Edwardh took a backhanded swat at the puck from the circle, causing a knuckleball shot that eluded Driedger. Brett Seney and Brandon Gignac earned assists on the play. Binghamton would take a 2-1 lead into the final period of play.

After Binghamton looked as if it had taken a 3-1 lead with 12:08 to go in the third period, the referees waived off the goal due to a tripping penalty. On the ensuing power play, Thunderbirds forward Paul Thompson deflected in Anthony Greco's shot from the circle to tie the game.

With just 4:37 remaining in regulation, the Thunderbirds took their first lead of the evening. Sebastian Repo wired home a wrist shot off of a set play on the faceoff to give Springfield a 3-2 lead.

Despite mustering a handful of chances with the empty net, the Devils were unable to tie the game, dropping their fourth game in a row.

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Binghamton Devils right wing Sam Kurker vs. the Springfield Thunderbirds
Binghamton Devils right wing Sam Kurker vs. the Springfield Thunderbirds


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