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Binghamton Devils End Losing Streak With 5-1 Win Over Utica Comets

Five unanswered goals set the pace as the energetic BDevils were determined to go off with a victory to end their eight-game losing streak

Photo Credit: JustSports Photography / Binghamton Devils

Binghamton, NY - The Binghamton Devils pumped 41 shots on Utica Comets’ veteran goaltender Richard Bachman on their way to a 5-1 victory on Teddy Bear Toss night at The Floyd on Saturday. The win put an end to a record eight-game losing streak that sunk the club to the bowels of the league. Goalie Gilles Senn with the start played well enough to earn 2nd Star of the Game honors with his 23 saves.

Photo Credit: JustSports Photography / Binghamton Devils

Binghamton (8-15-4-0) got off to an early lead just 51 seconds in as Ben Street raced down the sideboards after a blocked shot on a breakaway goal for his 11th of the season. What followed was the annual Teddy Bear Toss with the ice littered delaying the game. After the clean-up, it was 2-0 as a tap in front by Julian Melchiori that sent the puck top shelf, shoulder side of Bachman as the shots were 21-8 at this point in favor of the Devils.

Utica (15-10-1-2) gave up three goals in the second period as the Devils burned the Comets defense for two more breakaway markers. Brandon Gignac heads up pass laid on the stick of Ryan Schmelzer as he raced in and deked out Bachman with some fancy stick work in front. Probably the prettiest goal of the night was from rookie Fabian Zetterlund with a snipe from the circle for his fourth in 19 outings, as he skated towards center ice with his arms raised in celebration.

During the closing seconds of the middle frame, Binghamton tacked on a power-play tally as Joey Anderson fed the puck over to Dakota Mermis high in the slot as his wrister beat Bachman stick side. That led to a standing ovation from the festive crowd as the players headed off to the locker rooms.

In the third, Utica attempted to start a comeback as Seamus Malone scored midway through the period, but Senn was solid as well as the defense that played in front of him.

Binghamton wanted this game in the worse way, and they were rewarded with the efforts for a full 60 minutes of performance. Shots read 41-24 as the BDevils dominated this one, something that could not have been said the previous eight contests.

Line-Up, Game #27

Seney - Street - Anderson, Conner - Maltsev - Bastian, Gignac - Sharangovich - Schmelzer, Baddock - Larsson - Zetterlund

Melchiori/Paliotta, Mermis/Summers, Groleau/Jacobs

Senn - Schneider

Scratches: Speers, Cumiskey, White & Studenic

Post Game Notes

  • Evan Cormier called up earlier on Saturday for NJ as newly acquired goaltender Louis Domingue went down with a lower-body injury on Friday.
  • In a pair of defensemen moves, Joe Morrow was given his unconditional waivers it was announced upon his request. Guess he was fed up with the way things were going as he was one of the best defensemen for the BDevils as it leaves a gaping hole to be filled.
  • Devils broke down the Comets defense big time with three of the five goals that resulted from breakaways. I don’t ever recall so many one-sided scoring opportunities as the Comets were simply outplayed and the Devils took advantage.
  • Zetterlund’s celebration was fun to watch as the young Swede has had a rough go at it in his first pro season. Just need him to play more and more and not have him sit in the stands.
  • Losing streak matched the previous high for the Devils of the AHL going back to the 2011-’12 season when the Albany Devils lost eight between Mar 3 - Mar 18.

Your Three Stars

#1. Ben Street (1g, 1a), #2. Gilles Senn (23 saves), #3. Ryan Schmelzer (1g)

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