Binghamton, NY - The BDevils outplayed the Thunderbirds for most of the game except when it came to special teams, as that was a big problem. Springfield (11-7-0) scored two on the power play and added a shorthanded tally in a 3-2 victory over Binghamton on Saturday. The Devils (6-8-3) peppered 37 shots on goalie Philippe Desrosiers but Gilles Senn took the loss where their record fell to 4-2-2 at home.
In the opening period, Chris Conner (7) gave Binghamton the lead in the first with a deflection in front off a shot by Ben Street at the point for a power-play goal of their own. But Springfield answered back on a one-timer by Owen Tippett (8) in the slot with Marian Studenic in the box for tripping.
Shortly in the second, Street found Brett Seney (9) near the side of the net for the easy put in that regained the Devils lead 0:58 in. The game was once again tied as Paul Thompson set a screen in front that set up Aleksi Saarela (3) from the blueline, again on the man advantage.
The Thunderbirds struck quickly 1:43 into the third period with a shorthanded marker by Dominic Toninato (5) as he recovered his rebound that caught the Devils, and Senn off guard. The BDevils would dominate the rest of the way but couldn’t solve Desrosiers with a rush after rush into the offensive zone.
Shots ended up in favor of the Devils 37-20.
Line-Up, Game #17
Seney - Street - Anderson, Baddock - McLeod - Bastian, Conner - Maltsev - Zetterlund, Studenic - Sharangovich - Schmelzer
Morrow/Mermis, Melchiori/Paliotta, Cumiskey/Jacobs
Senn - Domingue
Scratches: Gignac, Speers, Larsson & Snuggerud
Post Game Notes
- Bingo played with only four defensemen after the opening 20 minutes as Kyle Cumiskey was involved with a violent collision with Brady Keeper at the end of the first. Keeper appeared to get an elbow to the face as he left his feet that knocked Cumiskey out of the game. Joe Morrow also suffered an injury and did not return.
- Special teams has reared its ugly head once again as Springfield was in 26th position on the PP in the league entering into tonight’s contest while the Devils PK was 17th. On the other hand, the Thunderbirds entered with the highest goal output with 289 compared to just 156 for the Devils. Eventually something was going to give in either direction.
- The game featured some physical play and grit which was unusual as both clubs rarely play one another with just a pair of outings on the schedule this season.
- Officiating continues to be questionable this season with some calls, or lack of, that made you scratch your head.
- The effort was there but the offense was not but for the lack of being engaged as the club seems to have come together as of late.
- Senn played well in stopping 17 shots as he continues to get acquainted with the smaller rinks in NA. The 23-year-old Visp, Switzerland native has a 3-3-1 record with a 2.95 GAA and SV% of 0.891 in 7 appearances.
- BDevils are in the middle of 7 out of 8 games at home in November with the one road game to take place on Wednesday in (where else?) Utica.
Your Three Stars
#1. Philippe Desrosiers (35 saves), #2. Aleksi Saarela (1g, 1a), #3. Ben Street (2a)