In his second game, and in his second conditioning stint of the season for Binghamton, goaltender Cory Schneider took the loss in a wild one at Blue Cross Arena on Wednesday. The former NHL All-Star goalie stopped 23 of 29 attempts as the BDevils faltered once again, this time by a score of 7-5 to the Amerks for their fourth loss in a row.
It was a see-saw night that resembled pond hockey at best between the two rivals as ten goals were exchanged in the first 40 minutes of action with the Devils down 6-4. In what was anticipated to be a goaltender duel didn’t turn out that way as former Devils’ prospect Scott Wedgewood was in net for Rochester and finished with 25 saves on 30 shots.
And a lot to be desired about the defense, or the glaring lack of, that didn’t help matters much for either club as shots ended up even at 30 apiece.
The Americans jumped out to a three-goal lead in the opening twenty minutes on goals by F Scott Wilson (1), F Danny O’Regan (14), and F Taylor Leier (11) as two were on re-directs and the third was from the slot that Schneider routinely makes in his prime.
The BDevils would counter back with 45 seconds left with a nice individual effort from Nathan Bastian as he split the defense and scored on a backhander in front for his 11th of the season.
In the second period with Binghamton down 4-1 thanks to snipe from the circle by rookie F Victor Olofsson (14), it was all tied up with three goals within a span of 1:55.
Eric Tangradi took advantage of a loose puck after a melee involving Michael McLeod and Wedgewood as the two got tangled with near the crease. Then things got dicey as the next two goals were scored nine seconds apart. Brandon Gignac used his speed and raced to a breakaway goal with a rip that went top shelf from outside the hash marks followed by Bastian’s second of the game.
Rochester would regain the lead with two quick goals of their own on defensive breakdowns. A power-play goal scored by F Danny O’Regan (15) with two players bearing down on Schneider and an inexcusable two on nothing breakaway with D Zach Redmond (19) being awarded that made it 6-4 after forty.
Devils’ would creep back to within one on a tip-in from Nick Saracino off a shot by Egor Yakovlev from inside the blueline with 15:42 remaining. But an empty netter by F Wayne Simpson (13) sealed the deal with Schneider on the bench for the extra attacker.
Line-Up, Game #46
Forwards: Pietila - Rooney - Studenic, Tangradi - McLeod - Bastian, Gignac - Schmelzer - Lappin, Baddock - Sharangovich - Saracino
Defensemen: White - Jacobs, Kapla - Ramage, Yakovlev - Gryba
In Goal: Cory Schneider, Mackenzie Blackwood
Scratches: Brian Strait, Eddie Lack, John Quenneville, Cam Johnson, Blake Speers, Colby Sissons and Tariq Hammond.
Post Game Notes
- JQ served a 1 game suspension after an elbowing incident that took place on Monday’s game in Syracuse. F Kurtis Gabriel is still on recall for New Jersey. G Evan Cormier sent to Adirondack of the ECHL earlier in the day to help eliminate the logjam in net for Binghamton.
- Schneider 1-3-1-0 3.23 GAA, 0.877 SV% in 5 appearances this season in Binghamton and will most likely play one more on Friday at home vs Hartford to close out this recent three-game conditioning stint. I’m not suggesting by any means Cory is past his prime but the numbers don’t lie, especially in this league, porous defense included.
- Bastian continues to shine as he finished with 2 goals on a game-high 6 shots with a +3 as his development is really moving along this season. I suppose being teamed up with his bud McLeod (3a) at center certainly hasn’t hurt the least bit.
- Only 4 penalties called even up at 2 each as O’Regan for Rochester scored the lone PP tally in the middle frame.
- Another Amerks breakaway was provided by the Devils at the end of the 2nd period but Schneider denied Olofsson as the horn blew. I thought he would be shut down for the final 20 minutes to put an end to this fiasco in favor of Mackenzie Blackwood but Schneider rebounded with 11 saves in the period.
- The two rivals heading in opposite directions as Rochester (25-13-2-1, 53 pts) has been on top of the North Division for the majority of the season while Binghamton (19-23-4-8, 42 pts) sinks further down in the same division.
#1. Zach Redmond (1g, 2a), #2. Danny O’Regan (2g), #3. Nathan Bastian (2g)
The BDevils have a pair of home games this coming weekend starting on Friday with the Hartford Wolf Pack followed by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday.