Bridgeport starter Christopher Gibson stopped 19 shots on his way to his second shutout of the season in a 5-0 romp over the visiting Binghamton Devils at Webster Bank Arena on Saturday. Devils netminder Ken Appleby took the loss with little help from the defense for the team’s seventh loss in their last nine games.
The Tigers struck for three goals in the second period on 18 shots for their third straight win as Josh Ho-Sang (4th) scored 34 seconds in followed by Kyle Schempp (1st) and Ryan Bourque (4th) with 13.3 seconds left in the middle frame.
Bridgeport forward Tanner Fritz carried the momentum with a wrist shot from the circle that glanced off of Appleby’s glove and redirected off the far post for his 10th of the season for a 4-0 Tigers’ lead.
Travis St. Denis would close out the scoring with a one-timer from near the circle for a power play marker at 7:45 in the third period, as the BDevils were shutout for the second time this season. Shots were slanted in favor of the Sound Tigers 32-19 as Binghamton appeared to be flat in the first period that led into the second with the three goals against.
Forwards; Quenneville-Kennedy-Latta, Pietila-Rooney-Bastian, Thomson-Kearns-Lappin, Baddock-Speers-Mandat. Defensemen; Strait-Jacobs, White-MacDonald, Kapla-Dyblenko. In Goal; Ken Appleby. Back up; Mackenzie Blackwood. Scratches; Austin Cangelosi (inj.), Brandon Gignac (inj.), Viktor Loov (inj.) Dylan Olsen and Kevin Morris (healthy). Pietila, Strait and Lappin with the A’s.
Random Post Game Notes
Veteran defenseman Dalton Prout made his season debut for Binghamton after clearing waivers this past Thursday.Lo and behold Prout was traded for veteran goaltender Eddie Lack it was announced minutes before tonight’s contest. With Appleby carrying the load and Blackwood on the back-burner with his ineffective season, this will be a welcome addition.
- And on that note, I’m leaning towards Blackwood in getting the nod on Sunday vs the Crunch. He has something to prove and I don’t want to burn out Appleby after tonight’s performance, while Lack won’t make it on time due to his travels barring a miracle.
- Binghamton was 0/4 on the power play but moved the puck well, especially in the first period with D-man Jacob MacDonald being the main character at the point.
- Forward Bracken Kearns returned to the same site where he led his team in scoring the last two seasons, but finished the night with one shot and a -2 for the BDevils.
#1.) Travis St. Denis (1g, 1a), #2.) Tanner Fritz (1g, 2a), #3.) Kyle Schempp (1g)
The annual New Year’s Eve game will be held against the Syracuse Crunch on Sunday on home ice in downtown Binghamton.