Binghamton, NY - The scoreboard read Rochester 3, Binghamton 2 after two periods but it felt more like a four-goal deficit instead. As expected on some levels, the Devils were unable to tie it when the Amerks padded their lead on an empty netter in the final minute. Cory Schneider played well in his surprising season debut for Binghamton after stopping 29 of 32 shots in the 4-2 loss on Saturday.
Rochester (12-3-1-2) jumped ahead 1-0 just a 1:32 into the game on a deflection by Kevin Porter in front of a Lawrence Pilut shot near the blueline. But the BDevils would score two quick ones towards the end of the first in a span of 2:02 to take the lead.
Joey Anderson scored his 4th on the powerplay with a tip-in past netminder Jonas Johansson as the shot came from Colton White near the top of the zone. Then Brandon Baddock would score his third goal in as many games grabbing a loose puck from near the slot and beat Johansson down low to close out the opening 20 minutes.
That would be all the scoring for Binghamton (7-10-3-0) on the night as the Americans reached the back of the net twice in the middle frame to regain the lead for good. Tyler Randell stripped the puck from Ben Street, who was in a battle of his own with Sean Malone in the defensive zone and beat Schneider cleanly. The prettiest goal of the contest was the next on some crisp tic-tac-toe passing from John Gilmour over to Scott Wilson who found Eric Cornel across the ice for the easy tap in, as Schneider had no chance.
Andrew Oglevie sealed it with an insurance goal in the final period with 2.7 seconds remaining that put an end of some desperation play by the Devils.
Shots ended up in favor of the Devils 36-33.
Line-Up, Game #20
Gignac - Street - Anderson, Baddock - McLeod - Bastian, Conner - Larsson - Zetterlund, Studenic - Sharangovich - Schmelzer
Snuggerud/White, Melchiori/Paliotta, Mermis/Jacobs
Schneider - Senn
Scratches: Speers, Morrow, Cumisky, Maltsev, Groleau & Cormier
Post Game Notes
- Gilles Senn was recalled after being sent to Adirondack on Friday morning, as Evan Cormier suffered an injury during Friday night’s 6-3 loss to the Belleville Senators. Brett Seney was recalled by NJ earlier on Saturday.
- Schneider played well, perhaps not $6 million well, but enough to keep his teammates in it. However, Binghamton sorely misses Joe Morrow and Kyle Cumiskey on the blueline.
- Blake Speers has been listed as a healthy scratch but he isn’t even taking part of any warm-ups as this has been an ongoing issue for some time now. Mikhail Maltsev and Jeremy Groleau were also healthies.
- The game lacked fun as a rather uneventful outcome with not much to cheer about. This season is slowly finding it’s way like the past two seasons with another losing record and no playoffs.
- 1st Quarter Grades & Evaluations coming up on Monday.
Your Three Stars
#1. Eric Cornel (1g), #2. Brandon Baddock (1g), #3. Jonas Johansson (34 saves)