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Binghamton Devils Stage An Incredible Comeback Victory Over Rival Syracuse Crunch

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A character win as the Binghamton Devils roll to their seventh straight victory in a SO by a score of 6-5 past the Syracuse Crunch

Photo Credit: JustSports Photography / Binghamton Devils

Binghamton, NY - Wow! What a game! What a comeback! Just wow.

The Binghamton Devils never give up. The Binghamton Devils are a determined bunch. The Binghamton Devils have now won seven in a row.

Brandon Gignac skated right, then swung in towards the hash marks before he lets go a wrister, short side for the game-winning goal in the SO as the BDevils capped off a comeback for the ages in beating the Syracuse Crunch 6-5 on a sunny, Sunday afternoon. The win was their seventh in a row and pulls them within a game of .500 and more importantly, inch closer to a playoff berth.

Photo Credit: JustSports Photography / Binghamton Devils

Down 3-0, 4-2 and 5-3 midway in the third period, the BDevils came back to tie it and send it to overtime. But this would end up going to a SO where Gignac was the lone scorer that sent the crowd into a frenzy along with his teammates.

This bunch has discovered what it takes to win at this level consistently and now have confidence as well as momentum in their corner. Yes, there have been some struggling opponents during this recent stretch, but they are doing what needs to be done and that is turning this season around as we approach the halfway mark.

Binghamton (16-17-4-0) has been on a roll winning their last seven in a row and eight of their last ten while Syracuse (18-16-2-2) are losers of their last seven of ten contests as the bottom of the North Division continues to draw interest in the standings.

Brett Seney (1g, 3a) had himself a four-point night while Joey Anderson (1g, 2a) and Nick Merkley (2g, 1a) each had three as Merkley appears to be more comfortable now since the trade went down a few weeks ago.

Goaltender Gilles Senn (25 saves) was the victim of some deflections in front during the opening period as Syracuse scored three times on seven shots. It took some time before the Devils found their legs on a rare Sunday matinee, but they did what was needed as ugly it may have appeared in the early stages. Mike Condon took the loss for Syracuse as he came up with 32 saves on 37 shots.

Check out the highlights down below for your goal scorers by each team courtesy of the Binghamton Devils.


Line-Up, Game #37

Seney - Sharangovich - Merkley, Baddock - McLeod - Bastian, Conner - Maltsev - Anderson, Gignac - Schnarr - Zetterlund

White/Tennyson, Mermis/Jacobs, Melchiori/Cumiskey

Senn - Cormier

Scratches: Paliotta, Schmelzer, Larsson, Studenic & Groleau

Post Game Notes

  • Goaltender Cory Schneider was called up by NJ to be Louis Domingue’s back up in Tampa while Evan Cormier was sent to Binghamton.
  • Defense continues to look strong with the solid play by all six on the blueline as Coach MD has kept the lines the same during the win streak.
  • Senn was a bit shaky at the start as Syracuse led 3-0 before the halfway mark of the opening period but settled down as the game progressed. He hasn’t seen much action but will be counted on for much of the second half of the season for Binghamton.
  • BDevils were 2/11 on the powerplay that included a 5 on 3 for nearly two minutes. Rather snake bit for much of the season as they are ranked 20th entering today’s contest. Syracuse was 1/3 while playing their normal helter-skelter brand of hockey.
  • Mikhail Maltsev was picked as the third shooter but didn’t pull off the successful move that had him winning two games. Instead, it looked as though he was trying too much with a new move that ended up with his hands on his head afterward.
  • Still, a way to go but one cannot help but feel encouraged with how the last few weeks have gone the Devils way.

Your Three Stars

#1. Brandon Gignac (1g), #2. Nick Merkley (2g, 1a), #3. Alex Barre-Boulet (1g, 1a)

Video Highlights

A Look From Above