The man is on a roll. Seriously.
Binghamton defenseman Jacob MacDonald single-handily has taken this team on his shoulders with yet another offensive performance tonight in Laval, as he scored the game winner in overtime that gave the Devils a narrow 2-1 victory over the Rocket at Place Bell on Wednesday.
The BDevils (8-11-3-0) and the Rocket (10-9-4-2) carried a 1-1 tie throughout the majority of the night in a low scoring affair, as Laval forward Jeremy Gregoire put his team in front in just under five minutes in the first with his fifth of the season that beat Devils’ starter MacKenzie Blackwood (4-6-3-1, 3.29 GAA 0.885 SV%), who ended up with 24 saves on the night.
Binghamton then drew even in the second, as veteran forward Bracken Kearns took a John Quenneville missed wraparound attempt and sent the puck past Charlie Lindgren, as the score remained deadlock for the rest of regulation.
The game winner was set-up by JQ, as he carried the puck out of his zone into the Rocket area with a drop pass to Tim Kennedy near the side wall, and his cross-ice feed found an open MacDonald as he simply unleashed his lethal shot from high, near the slot area past Lindgren for his league-leading tenth goal amongst all defenseman.
Forwards; Quenneville-Kennedy-Bastian, Pietila-Kearns-Lappin, Kujawinski-Rooney-Speers, Morris-Gignac-Mandat. Defensemen; Olsen-Jacobs, White-Loov, Kapla-MacDonald. In Goal; Mackenzie Blackwood. Back up; Ken Appleby. Scratches; Michael Kapla, Brain Strait (inj.) Brandon Baddock (inj.), Austin Cangelosi (inj.) and Yaroslav Dyblenko. Pietila, Kearns and Lappin with the A’s.
Post Game Notes
- Coach K continued to tinker with the line-up with Nick Lappin dropped to the second line and Nathan Bastian slips in his spot on the first. Kennedy and Kearns swaps places, while Ryan Kujawinski made his third start of the season on the third line. Also, Kevin Morris and Dylan Olsen make their season debuts for the BDevils as they both are on current PTO’s.
- This was MacDonald’s fourth straight game with a goal along with three assists, all on the road. Hopefully the trend continues with the next two games on home ice.
- A go-ahead goal for the Rocket was waved off on an apparent high stick call late in the third that paved the way for a comeback by the Devils, a momentum shifter.
- Binghamton out-shot Laval 34-25 while managing just three penalties, perhaps a good sign to come on both fronts that otherwise has been lacking.
- I’ll have a profile piece set to go on MacDonald this Friday, @ 1:00 PM.
Q: Who leads all AHL defensemen with 10 goals this season?— AHL (@TheAHL) December 7, 2017
Binghamton will play host of two games on the docket this coming weekend with the Syracuse Crunch on Friday, followed then by the Charlotte Checkers on Saturday.