This was an ugly one.
Not much went well for the Binghamton Devils on Friday in their 5-0 loss to the rival Syracuse Crunch at Onondaga County War Memorial Arena. Syracuse continues to roll as the hottest club in the AHL with an 11-0-2-0 record over the course of the last 13 games.
BDevils’ netminder Mackenzie Blackwood was challenged often while stopping 17 of 19 first period shots, and a total 26 of 31 for the game. If it weren’t for him, the game would’ve been a much higher goal differential.
Syracuse has Binghamton’s number so far this season with their fifth consecutive victory with another five left to play. As hard as the team tried, the Devils couldn’t match the Crunch in every facet, with the possible exception of Blackwood. Syracuse goaltender Connor Ingram earned his fourth shutout of the season in stopping all 18 shots he faced.
The Crunch dominated the opening twenty minutes and took a 2-0 lead with goals from Alex Barre-Boulet (PP) and Mitchell Stephens and had a 19-2 shot advantage. Carter Verhaeghe and Cory Conacher gave Syracuse a 4-0 advantage in the second period as this game was already banked heavily towards the Crunch.
Syracuse made it 5-0 with a goal by Dennis Yan in the final period as you to just need to flush this one away and concentrate on the next one, Saturday with the Utica Comets.
Line-Up, Game #25
Forwards: Quenneville - Sharangovich - Studenic, Tangradi - McLeod - Bastian, Pietila - Rooney - Lappin, Baddock - Gignac - Speers
Defensemen: White - Gryba, Kapla - Ramage, Hammond - Jacobs
In Goal: Mackenzie Blackwood, Cam Johnson
Scratches: Brian Strait, Eddie Lack, Colby Sissons, Kurtis Gabriel and Ryan Schmelzer
Post Game Notes
- Syracuse has outscored the Devils 23-6 in this season’s five losses and 61-25 since last year.
- With the best powerplay in the league, the Crunch went 1 for 2 as the Devils PK is ranked last.
- Blackwood with a highlight reel diving glove save on Olivier Archambault late in the first period.
- It was a quiet night, as no certain player other than Blackwood stood out for Binghamton.
#1. Mitchell Stephens (1g, 2a), #2. Alex Barre-Boulet (1g, 1a), #3. Connor Ingram (18 saves)
Devils are at home on Saturday vs the Utica Comets and conclude their three-in-three weekend Sunday at Springfield.