HERSHEY, PA - The Binghamton Devils cannot get out of their own way as they suffered their 6th consecutive loss at the hands of the Hershey Bears on a Saturday matinee. Binghamton (2-4-1-1) would suffer once again after their previous loss on Friday to conclude the weekend series with the Bears (5-1-2-0).
Again, this would mark loss number six in a row.
Binghamton fell behind early in the opening period as Joe Snively scored his second of the season past BDevils’ netminder Evan Cormier, who ended up with 18 saves.
Matt Moulson increased the Bears' lead by two in the second period and held an 8-3 shot advantage in the frame that eventually led to an overall 22-21 in favor of the BDevils. Mike Sgarbossa would round up the scoring in the third period with his fourth of the season.
That would be a wrap for what is turning out to be otherwise, an unmeaning partial season of hockey in the standings, however some player development in moving forward.
LINE-UP, GAME #9
Martel - Street - Merkley, Foote - Boqvist - Studenic, Seney - St. Denis - Irvine, Thomson - Schnarr - Clarke
Okhotiuk/White - Bahl/Walsh - Groleau/Carrick
Cormier - Senn
Brodeur, Koules, Walsh, Schmelzer, & Clarke
Defenseman Connor Carrick sent down on a possible conditioning stint while Matt Tennyson returns to the taxi squad for NJ.
- Quite the shakeup in the line-up as Coach MD mixed up the top two lines, and with zero results. You cannot have Seney on the third line regardless of his lack of production so far this season on the scoresheet. He needs to be reunited with Street on the first line.
- Speaking of the third line of Saturday’s line-up, St. Denis has been a disappointment, to say the least. I am not impressed with the 28-year-old’s performance. Just another tail-end addition to the line-up by the parent club.
- Clarke hasn’t made a mark so far as he needs more time in the OHL, that is if they ever come back.
- Evan Cormier is a solid ECHL goaltender. That’s it.
- Marian Studenic thrives with Mikhail Maltsev. Otherwise, he appears lost. Plain and simple.
- Fabian Zetterlund was a healthy scratch and for good reason. He is not even close to being the next level. It’s not for the lack of trying but needs additional development. I can relate to ex-BSens forward Matt Puempel as a comparison.
- Nikita Okhotiuk needs to bang some more bodies as he did in his previous outings. He has lost his edge and it shows while his game appears to be slowed to an extent. Not sure why. Perhaps over-hyped as a reason. But there is potential.
- Nolan Foote shows promise early on with a good hockey awareness. Going to need to be patient in his early development.
Zach Fucale (22 saves), Garrett Pilon (2a), Joe Snively (1g)
A LOOK FROM ABOVE