Binghamton Devils’ won for the second time in as many games as they beat the visiting Hartford Wolf Pack by a score of 5-3 on the first of six Wednesday scheduled contests at The Floyd this season.
The offense for Binghamton (2-0-0-0) continued to click as rookie forward Joey Anderson and veteran Eric Tangradi each scored a goal and added an assist. Brett Seney had another two point affair with his pair of helpers handing Hartford (2-1-0-0) their first loss.
Cam Johnson (2-0-0-0, 4.13 GAA, 0.867 SV%) has been in net for both victories as he stopped 26 shots on Wednesday.
The BBevils took a 2-0 lead with bookend goals in the opening twenty minutes. Just 28 seconds in, rookie defenseman Yegor Yakovlev’s wrister from the right circle deflected off of Tangradi in front for his first of the season. At 19:46 another rookie scored his second in as many games as Marian Stuidenic skated down the wing and shot far side past Hartford netminder Marek Mazanec (1-1-0-0, 3.06 GAA, 0.875 SV%) that handcuffed him blocker side.
Just 14 seconds into the second, Hartford forward Steven Fogarty cut the deficit to one but Nick Lappin restored the two goal advantage on a pretty play that included Seney and Tangradi with some crisp passing. The Wolf Pack would soon tie it with goals by Ryan Gropp and Tim Gettinger heading into the third, but more importantly, with momentum.
Coach Dennehy on the first two games and wins of the season. pic.twitter.com/VNv2w7NfTW— Binghamton Devils (@BingDevils) October 11, 2018
However, defenseman John Ramage sent a floater from the blueline towards the net that caught the skate of Anderson near the slot for his first professional goal 6:26 into the third for the eventual game winner.
With Mazanec pulled for the extra attacker and after a Hartford timeout with just over two minutes left in regulation, forward Yegor Sharangovich backhanded the puck into the net for his first professional goal assisted by Blake Pietila and Anderson giving Binghamton the 5-3 victory.
Forwards: Tangradi - Seney - Lappin, Studenic - McLeod - Anderson, Pietila - Sharagnovich - Speers, Bastian - Rooney - Gabriel.
Defensemen: Strait - Jacobs, Kapla - Ramage, Yakovlev - White.
In Goal: Cam Johnson, Mackenzie Blackwwod
Scratches: Tariq Hammond, Colby Sissons, Ryan Schmelzer and Brandon Baddock
Post Game Notes
- Pietila, Kapla and Tangradi with the A’s.
- The team combined for 12 goals in Saturday/Wednesday home victories, tied with the Iowa Wild for third overall in the AHL.
- Lappin’s goal celebrations are ridiculously fun to watch, and contagious. Speaking of Lappin, the Tangradi-Seney-Lappin line leads the way as the trio accounted for nine points (3g, 6a) in the pair of wins.
- Shots ended up in favor of the Wolf Pack by a close margin, 26-23. The Devils controlled the first, but Hartford crept back in the second period that flowed pretty much into the beginning of the final session before Anderson’s deflection, giving the boys a much needed lift.
- Seney has been outstanding in moving the puck to go along with his quickness on the ice, as he leads the club with four points, all on assists. He executes with so much confidence in his short span at the pro level, as he has become a fan favorite.
- Binghamton created too many turnovers in the second period as two of them led to crucial goals. It wasn’t the best outing for defenseman Michael Kapla either, as he blindly backhanded the puck off the wall right to the stick of Gettinger that made it locked at three a piece.
- There was a questionable goal call towards the end of the middle frame. A shot was sent to the cage from Hartford’s prospect Lias Andersson from inside the blueline that caught a player falling into the net and was ruled a goal without any review. That player, Ryan Gropp interfered with Johnson but it appeared through replays that he was pushed by a Devil, therefore it resulted as a goal.
- No Brandon Gignac listed for the Devils’ line-up.
#1.) Joey Anderson (1g, 1a), #2.) Eric Tangradi (1g, 1a), #3.) Tim Gettinger (1g).
Tonight's highlights vs. Hartford. pic.twitter.com/xbwRAUIqmA— Binghamton Devils (@BingDevils) October 11, 2018
Binghamton boards a morning bus on Thursday heading to Laval, Canada for a pair of weekend games against the Rocket on Friday night and Saturday afternoon.