NEWARK, NJ - The Binghamton Devils have hit a stumbling block of sorts but earned another point nonetheless in this less than a normal season as they came up short by a score of 5-4 in overtime to the visiting Lehigh Valley Phantoms on Wednesday at RWJ Barnabas Health Hockey House.
Opposing netminder Zane McIntyre ended up with 26 saves for his fourth win of the season while Evan Cormier suffered the OT loss and finished with 27 saves.
The BDevils (2-2-1-1) fell behind in the opening period as the Phantoms (4-0-1-0) would open up on the scoresheet with Pascal Laberge. BDevils would counter with 2nd-year pro forward Fabian Zetterlund with his first of the season with a primary assist handed out to Josh Jacobs.
But back-to-back tallies by Max Willman and Ryan Fitzgerald furthered fuel the Phantoms with a two-goal advantage as both clubs ended up with eight shots apiece during the first period.
Binghamton would end up with two early goals in the second period that tied the contest at two apiece with a focus on the special teams. Nick Merkley would score on the powerplay past Phantoms’ goaltender Zane McIntyre followed by a nifty shot from Danick Martel for his second in six games, shorthanded.
Nate Schnarr gave the ‘home’ team their first lead of the night for his first goal of the season early in the third. However, the mighty Phantoms answered back as Linus Sandin tied the contest up once again with his first of the season.
The two teams headed to OT where eventually Williams scored his second goal of the night for the game-winner past Cormier's far side as the BDevils remain winless in their last four outings.
Shots ended up 32-30 LV.
LINE-UP, GAME #6
Foote - Street - Merkley, Seney - Boqvist - Studenic, Martel - Schnarr - Clarke, Thomson - Darcy -Zetterlund
Okhotiuk/Jacobs, White/Walsh, Bahl/Quenneville
Cormier - Senn
Rivera was released from his PTO while Sissons was sent to the ECHL. This remains a very active roster with the proximately of the two clubs in Newark, NJ, alongside the taxi squad. The two recent transactions were obvious in my book.
Max Willman (2g), Nate Schnarr (1g), Ben Street (1a)
A LOOK FROM ABOVE