Syracuse scored five unanswered goals to lead their comeback win over Binghamton by a score of 5-2 at the Floyd on Friday, as it was the Crunch’s eight straight victory. While the loss sent the Devils down a peg or two after their feel good win on Wednesday in Laval. Same problems that have been plaguing this team all season long with inconsistency and the lack of putting together a 60 minute effort eventually crept in after a promising start.
Binghamton (8-12-3-0) was off and running getting a pair of goals from rookie forward Nathan Bastian while buzzing around the cage where starter Louis Domingue felt the pressure, as he faced 12 Devils shots compared to just five for Syracuse (12-9-1-2). But a late goal with less than 10 seconds left was all it took to shift momentum towards the other end of the ice, as the Crunch scored four times in the middle frame off of netminder Mackenzie Blackwood, who finished the night with 18 saves.
John Quenneville showed some patience and waited for the right moment to send the puck across to Tim Kennedy near the circle and his shot deflected in past Domingue off of Bastian’s skate outside the crease area for his fifth of the season just 57 seconds into the game.
Bastian scored his second on another deflection in front on a Michael Kapla floater from the blueline to make it a 2-0 contest. With the Devils playing well, disaster would hit hard on a late goal as Syracuse took advantage of Blackwood being tied up with Blake Speers and Anthony Cirelli in the crease to narrow the lead to one on a backhanded shove by rookie forward Mathieu Joseph with eight seconds remaining in the first
The Crunch came out hungry in the second as they got two quick goals 96 seconds apart that started their comeback and the damage was done as they never looked back. It was just a night and day difference between the first and second periods with Binghamton back on their heels, standing around looking dazed and confused while Syracuse had a game plan and rolled with it through the rest of the night.
Forwards; Pietila-Kearns-Lappin, Quenneville-Kennedy-Bastian, Kujawinski-Rooney-Speers, Morris-Gignac-Thomson. Defensemen; Kapla-Jacobs, White-Loov, MacDonald-Dyblenko. In Goal; Mackenzie Blackwood. Back up; Ken Appleby. Scratches; Dylan Olsen, Brain Strait (inj.) Brandon Baddock (inj.), Austin Cangelosi (inj.) and Jan Mandat. Pietila, Kearns and Lappin with the A’s.
Post Game Notes
- The Crunch walked all over the Devils tonight after looked so promising in the opening twenty minutes, but this team is very fragile and lacks the killer instinct to comeback and re-group, as evident in the final period with the team just packing it in, going through the motions.
- Kevin Morris made his prescence felt as he tried to get something going after the buzzer went in the second, dropping the gloves but no takers. He also was in the middle of the bunch when Alex Gallant dove into the Devils’ bench after getting hit hard into the boards by Kennedy. As a result the Devil’s received a five minute power play to close out the game.
- Bastian’s two goals look good on paper but he was basically in front of the net creating havoc but to his credit, he did his job with his two deflections.
- Blackwood looked great in the first and was not at all at fault in giving up that late goal. In the second, a different story. I would much rather have Ken Appleby start a string of games to get sharp and rest Blackwood, but I know that won’t happen.
- Shots ended up 23 apiece but Binghamton remained out of the box with three calls going against them.
- There was a trade that went public after the game as veteran forward Spencer Abbott was acquired from San Diego for future considerations.
1st; Anthony Cirelli (2g, 1a), 2nd; Mathieu Joseph (1g, 2a), 3rd; Nathan Bastian (2g).
Binghamton will host Zack Stortini and his Charlotte Checkers on Saturday.