WILKES-BARRE TOWNSHIP, PA - Zane McIntyre stopped all 27 shots he faced and won his second game in less than 24 hours as the Binghamton Devils defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Pens 3-0 on Sunday to sweep the weekend. It was the team’s sixth straight win and 12th out of the last 14 to remain red-hot in the league while padding their playoff lead in the North Division.
Binghamton (33-24-4-0) would also beat the Pens (28-26-3-5) on Friday to kick off the three-in-three affair but more impressed with this one, a win at Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza where they were previously 0-7 lifetime.
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McIntyre is 3-0-0-0 with the BDevils, including two shutouts and a 0.33 GAA, 0.990 SV% record while earning the Star of the Game honors for the second straight game.
After a scoreless opening period where both teams showed some fatigue, Binghamton jumped on the board with a snipe by Jesper Boqvist past netminder Casey DeSmith for his third goal of the weekend and 8th overall for the Devils.
In the final period, it took just 12 seconds before Brett Seney tapped in a rebound from Ben Street for his team-leading 19th and a 2-0 lead. With DeSmith pulled for the extra skater with 3:00 remaining, Brandon Baddock was able to lock up the win with his empty-netter for his 6th of the season.
Shots ended up 29-27 Binghamton.
Line-Up, Game #61
Seney - Street - Merkley, Boqvist - Maltsev - Zetterlund, Conner - Sharangovich - Studenic, Baddock - Schmelzer - Bastian
White/Tennyson, Cumiskey/Jacobs, Melchiori/Quenneville
McIntyre - Senn
Scratches: Paliotta, Schnarr, Gignac, Groleau & Summers
Post Game Notes
**PLAYOFF WATCH** - 4th place Binghamton (70 pts) is ahead of 5th place Syracuse (67 pts) and 6th place Laval (66 pts), all with 61 games played in the North Division.
- Transactions: Janne Kuokkanen was returned to Binghamton but wasn’t in the line-up.
- McIntyre with several sensational saves was solid and showed no signs of fatigue after playing on Saturday, traveling right afterwards and losing an hour to Daylight Savings Time.
- Coach MD going with the exact same line-up as Saturday, will have a short break before a Wednesday game in Rochester followed by two crucial contests in Laval on Friday and Saturday.
Your Three Stars
#1. Zane McIntyre (27 svs), #2. Jesper Boqvist (1g), #3. Brett Seney (1g)