TORONTO, ONT, CAN - Binghamton Devils with an impressive sweep on the road over the Toronto Marlies after Wednesday mornings 5-3 win at Coca-Cola Coliseum. The victory was the team’s fourth straight, and fifth out of the last six to come within a point of a playoff spot in the North Division. Marian Studenic had a goal and an assist, and Gilles Senn stopped 32 shots for the rookie’s 13th win of the season.
Toronto (26-21-3-2) jumped to an early lead in the first period on a goal by Matt Read at 7:57. But Binghamton (26-23-4-0) would score four unanswered with three in the opening frame. Studenic would skate towards the hash marks before letting go of a wrister that beat goalie Joseph Woll. Egor Sharangovich spun around shot sailed low through traffic to make it a 2-1 contest for his seventh of the season. Devils would capitalize twice on the PP for the second straight game as Chris Conner deflected a shot from the point off the stick of Dakota Mermis to round out the scoring in the first.
Nathan Bastian scored the lone goal in the second as his poke of the puck through a crowd of players made its way over the goal line on the PP for a 4-1 Binghamton lead.
However, Toronto turned up the heat for the second time in a row in the third period as they ended up with 18 shots and were able to score twice on goals from Giorgio Estephan and Read again for his second of the day. With over three minutes remaining, Woll was pulled for the extra attacker but Matt Tennyson’s clearing attempt was good for an insurance marker into the back of the empty cage to give the BDevils the must needed road win.
Shots ended up in favor of the Marlies, 35-34.
Line-Up, Game #53
Seney - Maltsev - Boqvist, Conner - McLeod - Bastian, Sharangovich - Schmelzer - Studenic, Gignac - Schnarr - Zetterlund
Cumiskey/Tennyson, Mermis/Jacobs, Melchiori/Groleau
Senn - Schneider
Scratches: Paliotta, Street, Baddock, Quenneville & Sissons
Post Game Notes
- Binghamton (56 pts) is in 5th place percentage points ahead of Syracuse (56 pts) with a game on hand and 1 point behind Toronto (57 pts).
- Binghamton, with an eight-point spin, as they entered the two games five points out of fourth place. That could have turned into nine with two losses but instead, it became one point out with the two wins.
- Boqvist held off the scoresheet as he has been red hot as of late.
- Studenic now has 3 goals, 2 assists in his last 4 games.
Your Three Stars
#1. Marian Studenic (1g, 1a), #2. Matt Read (2g), #3. Nathan Bastian (1g, 1a)