Chris Wideman’s goal 30 seconds into overtime was the difference, as the Binghamton Senators battled back from a two-goal deficit to take a 4-3 OT victory against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Wednesday night at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
The victory was the third in a row for the Senators (32-15-1-3, 68 points, first in East Division), while the Penguins (28-19-3-3, 62 points, fourth in East Division) saw their winless streak extended to five games (0-3-2-0).
Binghamton jumped out to a 1-0 lead just 2:39 into the contest when Wacey Hamilton’s shot from the near boards was blocked by a Penguins player and found its way to Corey Cowick in the slot. His shot then deflected off of Scott Harrington and eluded Jeff Deslauriers, giving the Sens’ winger his 11th tally of the season.
The Penguins controlled the remainder of the opening frame though. Harry Zolnierczyk found himself all alone on the far post, and quickly swept home a Nick Drazenovic pass at 8:43 of the first to tie the score. It was Zolnierczyk’s 17th goal of the season, good for second on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton roster.
Drazenovic then took his turn in the goal scoring column, taking a Brian Gibbons feed and slamming home a one-timer from the slot during a power play at 11:46 to give the Penguins a 2-1 lead.
That score remained until the 14:33 mark of the second period, when Drazenovic won a faceoff in the Binghamton zone and moved the puck back to Brendan Mikkelson, whose slapshot from the point beat Andrew Hammond to extend the Pens’ lead to two goals.
Binghamton’s Matt Puempel caught Jeff Deslauriers going the wrong way less than two minutes later and went short side to pull the visitors back to within one goal of the lead after 40 minutes, and Mark Stone chipped home his 12th of the season during a goal mouth scramble 6:27 into the third to knot the score at 3-3.
Wideman finished off the comeback on a power play in the extra frame, wristing a shot through heavy traffic to give the Sens their second win against the Penguins in the past week.
The Penguins finished the night with 32 shots and a 2-for-5 mark on the power play, while Binghamton put up 31 shots and went 2-for-4 with the man advantage.
The Penguins host the Providence Bruins this Saturday night at 7:05pm. It’s our annual Military Appreciation Night sponsored by the U. S. Air Force, as well as our Olympic Hockey celebration and inaugural Penguins Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Fewer than 400 tickets remained for Saturday’s game as of 5:00pm on Wednesday.
Good seats for all Penguins home games are available at the Mohegan Sun Arena box office, online at TicketMaster.com, or by calling 800-745-3000.
Group rates, flex books and mini-plans are available directly from the Penguins ticket office by calling 570-208-7367.
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