23 SECOND LAPSE DOOMS PENS IN BINGHAMTON
BINGHAMTON, NY – Hockey games normally run 60 minutes, on occasion 65.
But they can be determined in a matter of seconds.
Such was the case Friday night, as the Binghamton Senators tallied two goals 23 seconds apart to turn a 2-2 tie into a 4-2 victory over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at the Broome County Veterans’ Arena.
The loss dropped the Pens’ record to 7-5-0-1 on the season, while Binghamton now sits at 8-4-1-1. The two teams will meet again Saturday night in Wilkes-Barre.
Denis Hamel, who returned to the Binghamton lineup for the first time since suffering a knee injury on October 22, scored eight seconds into a power play to give the Senators the 3-2 lead.
It was the Sens’ only power play goal in six chances Friday, but was enough to give them the winning margin.
As if that wasn’t enough, Danny Bois grabbed a loose puck in the slot less than half a minute later, and put his first of the season behind John Curry at 8:59 of the third.
“A two-two game, a pretty good game by both teams, and it turns into a 4-2 game with 11 minutes left to go, and you feel like you haven’t done your job,” said head coach Dan Bylsma. “But I think we gave them too many penalties tonight. There were some penalties that weren’t great ones. I think we all knew they had the best power play in the league. We did a good job of killing them, they finally get one on the last one. But against a team who, so far this year, has had their success mostly on the power play…not a good formula.”
Actually, the Penguins came out one ahead in the special teams battle, after Janne Pesonen and Connor James tallied power play and shorthanded goals, respectively, around a pair of Sens even strength tallies in the second period. But it wasn't enough to pull the Pens through in the first of eight meetings with the Senators this season.
Curry made 33 saves on the night in defeat, while Brian Elliot stopped 28 for the win.
NOTES: Chris Minard stretched his point streak to 12 games with an assist on Pesonen's goal.