Binghamton Devils played well enough of a road game to give them a chance for a win up 2-0 early in the opening twenty minutes. However, the itinerary fell through as Syracuse took over the next 40 minutes of action having scored five unanswered goals on their way to a 5-2 victory at Onondaga County War Memorial Arena on Wednesday.
The loss ended a modest two game win streak for Binghamton (7-7-2-0) and extended divisional rival Syracuse (6-5-1-0) to four wins in their last five outings. Syracuse goaltender Eddie Pasquale was solid for the Crunch in making 24 saves.
It started out good for the Devils as forward John Quenneville scored twice in a matter of a little over five minutes in the opening period, as Binghamton was also ahead in the shot total with a 9-2 advantage. But some penalty issues became a problem, as a late surge from the Crunch resulted in a PP goal by Alex Barre-Boulet on a tip-in that sailed past netminder Eddie Lack. More importantly, it shifted any momentum the Devils built for in the period, and the rest of the night.
In the second Syracuse would tie it on a goal by Andy Andreoff, as the puck bounced off his skate from a shot by defenseman Cal Foote and deflected past Lack. Devils then had a two on zero shorthanded breakaway with Kevin Rooney and Schmelzer, only to have Pasquale deny the puck with the deflection that would’ve given Binghamton a 3-2 lead.
Instead only seconds later, it was Syracuse with their first lead of the night when defenseman Cameron Gaunce’s one-timer sailed high, past Lack for another powerplay goal. Veteran forward Cory Conacher would round out the scoring in the middle frame with his sixth of the season, as his snap shot from the circle eluded Lack, blocker side.
Binghamton didn’t mount much of a comeback however Lack, with his best effort in the final period, stopped all 16 shots he saw but it wasn’t good enough, as the Crunch scored on an empty-netter that eventually led to a 5-2 final.
Line-Up, Game #16
Forwards: Quenneville - Schmelzer - Studenic, Pietila - Rooney - Lappin, Baddock - McLeod - Bastian, Gignac - Sharangovich - Gabriel
Defensemen: Kapla - Ramage, White - Gryba, Hammond - Jacobs
In Goal: Eddie Lack, Mackenzie Blackwood
Scratches: Eric Tangradi, Brian Strait both out injured. Healthy, Colby Sissons and Blake Speers
Post Game Notes
- Rooney and Ramage with the A’s.
- Paval Zacha was recalled prior to tonight’s match-up and his slot in the line-up was replaced by rookie Ryan Schmelzer. His give-and-go in the first period with Quenneville was a thing of beauty.
- With the two goals JQ extended his point streak (3g, 6a) to eight games.
- Shots ended up 35-26 Syracuse. Devils had back-to-back-to-back penalties from the end of the second leading into the final period as there was some careless and undisciplined calls.
- At one point, defenseman Michael Kapla seemed to have shot on his own goaltender in the middle frame with the game tied at two. Right from the slot, he pounced on the puck that Lack had to somehow come up with the save and was seen shaking his head afterwards in utter disbelief.
- Hockey is a 60 minute game and you aren’t going to win too many with anything short of an all out effort. It’s unfortunate that it came at the hands of a rival like Syracuse. All in all, it was another frustrating loss on the road.
#1. Cory Conacher (1g, 1a), #2. Eddie Pasquale (24 saves), #3. Alexander Volkov (1g)
Binghamton will be on the road this weekend in Toronto, Saturday and Sunday.