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Special Teams the Difference in Latest Loss For Binghamton Devils

BDevils fall to 3-7-2 as not much has changed with the same flaws that have haunted this team in the past

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Syracuse, NY - The special teams play would end up being the deciding factor for the Devils’ outcome in Syracuse as the Crunch benefited from three power play goals in the opening period to defeat Binghamton 3-2 on Saturday at Onondaga County War Memorial Arena. Newly acquired goaltender Louis Domingue stopped 27 shots in his debut as the BDevils fell to 3-7-2 on the season.

Binghamton jumped out in front early as Fabian Zetterlund scored his second goal in as many days with a turn around shot from the slot that beat Scott Wedgewood 5:31 into the first. But penalties would then mount up as the Devils committed four consecutive calls in a span of 3:20 and as a result, was the deciding factor of the overall outcome.

Syracuse scored the next three which included a five on three advantage midway in the first. Chris Mueller (3) was left alone in front as his tip-in trickled in behind Domingue that was followed by Alex Barre-Boulet’s (5) one-timer that ricocheted off of Domingue. While the BDevils continued the penalty barrage, Otto Somppi (3) gave the Crunch a two-goal cushion with a snipe from high in the slot area.

Nathan Bastian would round up the scoring on the night with his second goal of the season early in the second on a two on one rush that involved Michael McLeod.

And that was just about it as the BDevils fail to give a 60-minute effort once again for their third loss in a row and fourth in the last five outings. The PP went 0/7 while the PK went 3/6. Not a good formula for winning.

Shots ended up in favor of the Crunch 30-27.

Line-Up, Game #12

Seney - Street - Anderson, Schmelzer - McLeod - Bastian, Studenic - Sharangovich - Speers, Baddock - Larsson - Zetterlund

Morrow/White, Melchiori/Jacobs, Sissons/Mermis

Domingue - Cormier

Scratches: Paliotta, Maltsev, Gignac, Conner, Cumiskey, Groleau & Senn

Post Game Notes

  • Louis Domingue simply switched locker rooms in Syracuse after the trade was completed on Friday for tonight’s contest. He was forced early with the team down a man or two letting in 3 goals on the first 4 shots he saw but settled in as the game progressed.
  • I thought Joey Anderson played well while a sequence of high PK executions that created several offense opportunities.
  • Colby Sissons had a rough night as the slow-footed defenseman created many turnovers and seemed to be a liability. Not sure why newcomer Kyle Cumiskey has not suited up yet as he was listed as a healthy scratch.
  • Brett Seney got clocked in the face by a puck driven from Julian Melchiori as he laid flat on the ice. He skated off to the dressing room but eventually returned shortly after.
  • The team appears to have some parts and pieces that make up the line-up with no flow consistently. It’s the same for just about every game with the only thing that appears to be consistent, is losing.
  • This was the first of ten meetings between the two rivals as Syracuse has owned Binghamton throughout the last five seasons with a 21-10-1-2 record.

Your Three Stars

#1. Alex Barre-Boulet (1g, 1a), #2. Cal Foote (1a), #3. Scott Wedgewood (25 saves)

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