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Big Comeback Win For Binghamton Devils Over Lehigh Valley Phantoms

A two goal Devils lead squandered as LV scored three unanswered only for Binghamton to pull off a comeback 4-3 victory in overtime

Binghamton, NY - Binghamton Devils’ defenseman Colton White (#6) scored the game winner in overtime in Friday’s 4-3 win over the visiting Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The club wore purple jersey’s in honor of Hockey Fights Cancer affair at The Floyd on Friday.
Photo provided by Alicia Strauch

Binghamton defenseman Colton White, behind a sweet spin-o-rama move around Lehigh Valley’s forward Chris Conner, scored in overtime as the Devils beat the Phantoms 4-3 on Hockey Fights Cancer night at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on Friday. The victory ended a four game losing streak at home and evened up their overall record at 5-5-1-0 on the season.

Goaltender Eddie Lack, in his first start of the season, made 26 saves including four in the extra session as the Devils rematch from last Saturday’s loss was a success. The same two teams play again on Saturday in Allentown, PA.

Photo provided by Alicia Strauch

The BDevils jumped to a 2-0 first period lead with goals coming from Ryan Schmelzer and Brandon Gignac, both their firsts of the season. A shot from the blueline off an offense zone faceoff win by Schmelzer as defenseman Colby Sissons‘s shot was deflected in past LV goaltender Carter Hart, who ended the night with 32 saves.

On the Devils’ second goal Gignac received a cross-ice pass by Brandon Baddock from near the boards and beats Hart in front as Binghamton with the jump out-shooting the Phantoms 12-8. It was amazing how open Gignac was on the odd man rush.

Lehigh Valley tied it in the middle frame when two rookie forwards David Kase (3) and German Rubtsov (5) reached the back of the net. Kase tipped in Greg Carey’s shot past Lack and 3:43 after it was a shorthanded marker from Rubtsov as he skated around Devils’ defenseman Colby Sissons and deked Lack from his backhand to his forehand.

The Phantoms made it three unanswered goals that sent similar feelings from last Saturday when they scored four. Recently sent down Mikhail Vorobyev scored his first in two games for the Phantoms this season with a sweet snap shot from near the blueline that caught the inside post and bounced out as Lack was partially screened.

Time then for a comeback for Binghamton.

Photo provided by Alicia Strauch

Rookie Michael McLeod continued his strong play as he motored up into the offense zone with the puck before feeding Nathan Bastian along the sideboards. Bastian then took a shot towards the cage that was tipped in by McLeod on the backhand as he used his speed to his advantage that tied it at three apiece with 3:18 left in the third period.

In the OT Binghamton earned the extra point as White (2) burned Conner and beat Hart near the crease for the game winner as his teammates mobbed him that led to the stick salute at center ice to send the crowd home happy with the results.

Line-Up, Game #11

Forwards: Bastian - McLeod - Lappin, Quenneville - Schmelzer - Studenic, Pietila - Sharagnovich - Speers, Baddock - Gignac

Defensemen: Kapla - Ramage, White - Jacobs, Sissons - Gryba, Hammond

In Goal: Eddie Lack, Mackenzie Blackwood

Scratches: Eric Tangradi, Brian Strait both out injured

Post Game Notes

  • Ramage, Quenneville and Lappin with the A’s.
  • Goalie Cam Johnson was sent to Adirondack giving Eddie Lack some playing time on his conditioning stint. Defenseman Eric Gryba was also sent down from NJ and played in his second outing of the season for Binghamton. Devils swap forwards with Kevin Rooney and Paval Zacha sent down prior to the game and Brett Seney, Kurtis Gabriel called up. Defenseman Yegor Yakovlev remains in Newark.
  • Eric Tangradi has no timetable for his return and Brian Strait is out with a concussion suffered last Saturday.
  • The team wore lavender colored jerseys that were auctioned off following the game.
  • A strong first period once again by the Devils but they got the monkey off their back on home ice with the victory.
  • McLeod has looked stronger and is playing with more confidence as he is being aggressive around the net and for one thing, I thought Nick Lappin had some strong goal celebrations but nothing compares to McLeod’s.
  • Marion Studenic displayed his speed and had a good outing as a player that stood out with 2 assists. He now has 4 goals and 2 assists in 10 games.
  • The action was featured on AHL’s facebook page as the Game Of The Week and is available to watch for the re-run.

Three Stars

#1. Colton White (1g, 1a), #2. Michael McLeod (1g), #3. Ryan Schmelzer (1g)

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Same two teams will meet again on Saturday in Allentown, PA as the Devils look to make it two in a row over the Phantoms.