Binghamton, NY - On Saturday, goaltender Louis Domingue was sent down to Binghamton from NJ and I wasn’t so sure what to think. In the press release, there was no mention of him on a conditioning stint after he suffered an injury that kept him on the IR earlier this month.
However, he performed with no ill effects in posting a 2-0 shutout victory over the Rochester Americans as he stopped 32 shots on his way to earning 1st Star of the Game honors. It was the first shutout of the season for the Binghamton Devils and 12th pro for Domingue spanning over seven seasons.
It was a close battle between two teams on opposite ends of the North Division but the BDevils played a hard-fought, 60 minutes for the second night in a row following Friday’s 2-1 shootout win in Syracuse. The game also featured a pair of fights with one player losing a tooth for Rochester.
After a big hit by Brandon Baddock that rocked Zach Redmond along the boards, Dalton Smith decides to challenge Baddock and paid for it by losing a tooth. Smith did not return after he headed off to the locker room.
However, in the second, Binghamton (11-17-4-0) scratched one on the scoreboard to break the scoreless tie.
Zetterlund was off on an odd-man rush with fellow rookie and newcomer Nate Schnarr, who finished the night with his first two points as a Devil in four outings. Schnarr was patient with the puck before his backhand pass beyond the outstretched body of Amerk defenseman John Gilmour found Zetterlund by the corner of the cage, as he tapped it up high past Andrew Hammond.
Rochester (20-7-2-2) then found themselves in a two-goal hole in the third period.
Along the sideboard deep in the zone, Marian Studenic passed to Schnarr set at the end boards as Zetterlund was circling around the dot area. As a result, Hammond had no chance as the wrister off the stick of Zetterlund was behind him before he knew which end was up for his sixth of the season. What a snipe it was to behold.
The Amerks became desperate in pulling Hammond in the final minutes but came up empty as the BDevils have now won four of their last six. Shots were in favor of the Amerks by a 32-29 margin.
Line-Up, Game #32
Seney - Street - Merkley, Conner - McLeod - Anderson, Studenic - Maltsev - Zetterlund, Baddock - Schnarr - Bastian
White/Cumiskey, Melchiori/Paliotta, Mermis/Jacobs
Domingue - Schneider
Scratches: Gignac, Sharangovich, Groleau, Schmelzer
Post Game Notes
- Goalie Louis Domingue was sent down to Binghamton while Evan Cormier took his gear to Adirondack. Also, defenseman Kelly Summers was released from his PTO and forward Ludvig Larsson was assigned to the Thunder for additional ice time.
- After both clubs played a tightly knitted opening period there were no score but Domingue showed signs of no ill effects with some great saves to keep the BDevils in it.
- Besides the Baddock fight, the other was after a hit by Scott Wilson to Colton White that sent him air born. Michael McLeod stepped in and landed a few punches that sent Wilson down to the ice behind the BDevils’ net.
- Both goals for Binghamton scored by rookie Fabian Zetterlund as his celebrations are fun to watch. Marion Studenic also earned assists in the two goals as this might be the line to contend with coming up after changes were made during the 2nd period.
- Domingue joins Cory Schneider as Binghamton now has two legitimate NHL players between the pipes, but for how long with Gilles Senn still up with the parent club?
Your Three Stars
#1. Louis Domingue (32 saves), #2. Fabian Zetterlund (2g), #3. Nate Schnarr (2a)