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Four Goal First Fuels Syracuse to 5-3 Win Over Binghamton

Too much to overcome as BDevils’ comeback falls short in loss in Syracuse to the rival Crunch for the fourth time this season

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Syracuse caught Binghamton flat-footed with four goals in the opening twenty minutes on their way to a 5-3 victory over the Devils on Friday at Onondaga County War Memorial Arena. However, three-second period goals from Binghamton made it a close contest until an insurance goal from the Crunch late in the third period.

It didn’t help matters much as Devils’ netminder Eddie Lack appeared sluggish, as he let all four goals in on just eight shots, but settled down the rest of the night finishing with 21 saves. Goalie Connor Ingram made 30 saves for the Crunch as they skated away with their sixth consecutive victory.

It took just 21 seconds for the Crunch to get on the scoreboard as Gabriel Dumont scored on a tip in for his first of the season. Syracuse would get the next three goals from Carter Verhaeghe (7), Cory Conacher (9), and Dumont (2) once again in the period.

After being outscored, outskated and outshot after 20 minutes of play, the BDevils came out in the middle frame on a mission and fired up as they turned things around with three unanswered goals that made it a one-goal affair.

Defenseman Colton White scored his third of the season with a shot from his blueline past Ingram for a power play goal at 5:49 and some momentum. With the Devils’ pressing, they made it 4-2 as Blake Pietila’s high wrister sailed top shelf for his sixth and third in four outings.

Less than five minutes later rookie forward Marian Studenic scored his eighth with a nearly identical shot as it appeared Ingram might have been partially screened, but it now was a 4-3 game. Devils nearly tied it shortly after but play was called as Ingram lost his bucket. They took it to the Crunch in the shots department as well with a 16-5 advantage.

But it all crashed and burned late in the final period.

Syracuse would benefit from an insurance goal with just over a minute left when Alex Barre-Boulet tipped in a shot from Cameron Gaunce past Lack for the final score. Devils had their chances in the final twenty minutes but came up short in their comeback attempt. Binghamton was in favor with 33 shots compared to 26 for Syracuse as the Devils fell a game below .500 at 8-9-3-0 on the season.

Line-Up, Game #20

Forwards: Gignac - Schmelzer - Studenic, Pietila - Rooney - Lappin, Baddock - McLeod - Bastian, Speers - Sharangovich - Gabriel

Defensemen: White - Gryba, Ramage - Santini, Sissons - Jacobs

In Goal: Eddie Lack, Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratches: Eric Tangradi, Brian Strait, John Quenneville out injured. Healthy, Tariq Hammond and Michael Kapla

Post Game Notes

  • Ramage with the A. Steve Santini made his second start for Binghamton as he is on an extended conditioning loan from NJ. Eric Gryba returned from NJ earlier in the day. JQ blocked a shot on Wednesday with his ankle and was a scratch.
  • BDevils’ Head Coach Mark Dennehy called a timeout when it was 3-0 and was seen with another tongue lashing and with that, I’m going to assume, carried over into the first intermission. Players responded, as he seemed to have caught their attention with a completely different effort in the second period.
  • Nick Lappin dropped the gloves with Andy Andreoff after a big hit from Lappin behind the net on a Syracuse player. But he might want to consider taking a pass if the opportunity arises in the near future. However, I applaud his willingness to stick up for himself.
  • Kevin Rooney was all over the ice tonight and played his usual solid defensive type style. So wasn’t Brandon Gignac and Egor Sharangovich, two players I will focus on in next week’s Bingo Bites.
  • I’ve mentioned it before and I’ll say it again as it appears the opposing team needs to get at Lack early, as it takes some time before he is warmed up. He was fine in the last 40 minutes.
  • Syracuse has won all four games with the Devils this season with six more on the schedule and are 11-2-0-1 over the course of the last two years.
  • During the first period and going back to Wednesday night’s game, Syracuse had scored eight consecutive times with 4 on the powerplay and 1 shorthanded. Special teams continue to plague Binghamton and right now are a big reason for the losses.
  • The two rivals combined for 76 minutes in penalties as tempers flared throughout the evening. Frustration was mounting for the Devils with several Syracuse players getting under their skin. It was bound to happen as the two clubs played each other for the third time in the last 10 days.

Three Stars

#1. Gabriel Dumont (2g), #2. Carter Verhaeghe (1g, 2a), #3. Cameron Gaunce (4a)

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