Slow start dooms Amerks in 4-3 loss to B-Sens
(Rochester, NY)... Despite falling behind 3-0 early in the game and rallying back to a 3-3 tie, the Rochester Americans were stopped short by the Binghamton Senators 4-3 tonight at The Blue Cross Arena. With the win, the Sens improve to 32-33-5-3, while the Amerks fall to 39-31-2-0 with their first home-loss against Binghamton.
Left-winger John Hennessy (2+0) and Denis Hamel (1+1) both had two points for Binghamton earning the first and second star respectively and defenseman Derek Smith scored the game-winning goal on the night.
For the Amerks, Michael Repik (1+1) scored Rochester's third goal, keeping them in the game and had one assist, which earned him the third star in the contest. Center David Brine (1+1) also contributed two points on the night.
Netminder Tyler Plante gave a strong effort in tonight's game after coming off the bench because of two miscues by Alexander Salak. In a little over 45 minutes of play, the goalie saved 20 of 22 shots he faced.
Senator's goalie Mike Brodeur earned his 11th win of the season, saving 32 of 35 shots.
Hennessy gave the visiting B-Sens a 1-0 lead on the power-play at 7:48 of the first period. Just 43 seconds after Rochester's John de Gray took a two-minute hooking penalty, Binghamton defenseman Geoff Kinrade picked up the loose puck in the neutral zone and proceeded up ice. Kinrade found Kaspars Daugavins open along the left wing boards who then fed a nifty pass to a breaking Hennessy in the slot. Hennessy finished the play by firing a hard wrist shot in the far right corner just under the cross bar for his 28th goal of the season.
Binghamton's power-play struck again, this time capitalizing on Repik's boarding minor, just under four minutes later to take a 2-0 lead. Sens captain and former Amerk Hamel sent a low shot on goal from the slot that trickled through the legs of Salak, chasing the first-year Amerks netminder to the bench in favor of Plante.
Despite a new goalie between the pipes for the Amerks, Hennessy wasted no time adding another tally for the Senators, this time at 15:20 of the first period to make the score 3-0. Hennessy easily maneuvered around the Amerks' defense and sent a wrist shot sailing in the upper left corner, past Plante. The left-winger's goal was his 29th of the season and second of the night. Keller (0+2) also contributed to the play with an assist and doubled his points for the night.
The Amerks refused to end the period being blanked by Binghamton though, and finally capitalized on a play with a little more than two minutes left in the first to minimize the Sens lead to 3-1. Jordan Henry was fed the puck from Brine and sent a dart past Brodeur from the blue line, scoring his 13th goal of the season and second goal in two games.
Rochester came out flying in the second, scoring back-to-back tallies in just over two minutes time to level the contest at 3-3. Brine batted a rebound past Brodeur after Repik's point-blank shot landed on his tape for a shorthanded marker at 3:35. Repik then converted on his second attempt at 5:49 with a backhand that made its way through traffic and into the back of the net. Rookie forwards Victor Oreskovich and Evgeny Dadonov each assisted on the tying goal.
Smith would put the Senators back on top at 17:42 of the second stanza with a three-on-two power-play goal to take a 4-3 lead. On the goal, Hamel (1+1) had an assist for his second point of the night and center Martin St. Pierre also added an assist.
A late six-on-four opportunity was granted to Rochester, but the sloppy power-play stopped them short.
The Amerks head north of the border on Saturday, March 27th for the first of back-to-back tilts with the Toronto Marlies. Faceoff is slated for a 4:00 p.m. start at Ricoh Coliseum. The matchup can be heard live on SportsRadio 1280 WHTK and FM 107.3, Rochester's Sports Talk.
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