NEWARK, NJ - After nearly a week and a half of no hockey, the Binghamton Devils returned to action as they faced the Hershey Bears on Friday at RWJ Barnabas Health Hockey House. It was a wild one, to say the least as the BDevils (3-5-2-1) hang on for a 6-5 comeback win past the Bears (7-4-2-0). The victory puts an end to the team’s eight-game losing streak that dates back to Feb 10th for the last time they celebrated on the ice.
After trailing by a score of 4-1 late in the middle frame and outshot 12-1, Coach Mark Dennehy had seen enough and called a timeout. As the cameras zoomed onto the player's bench, Dennehy was fired up and barked out orders. The players then responded, big time. Over the course of the next 3:11, Binghamton scored three times on four shots and took over the game the rest of the way.
Binghamton netminder Gilles Senn (1-4-0-0, 4.18 GAA, 0.887 SV%) earned his first win of the season as the players in front of him looked shakey after all the time off, as was the rest of the club.
After Binghamton scored first early in the opening period off a wicked wrister from Graeme Clarke for his third of the season. Hershey scored the next four in a row as the Devils ran into penalty problems and played poorly.
That’s when things changed soon after that TO.
Jesper Boqvist scored from up close after a cross-ice feed by Fabian Zetterlund and Binghamton got their legs. Zetterlund tallied for a PP marker off a rebound to make it a one-goal affair and soon after it was a tie game. Michael Vukojevic’s shot from the point bounced off of goalie Pheonix Copley to Boqvist in front for his second of the night.
BDevils continued their onslaught into the third period when Zetterlund went top shelf with his second of the game past Copley after a quick pass by Boqvist. Ben Street made it a two-goal lead on the PP after a cross-ice feed from Danick Martel as Binghamton controlled play and turned what was looking like a nightmare loss into a win.
Hershey added a late goal from Kody Clark to cut the deficit to one with five minutes remaining and made things interesting near the end, but a late holding call by the Bears would seal it for the Devils.
Hershey ended up with a 38-22 shot advantage.
LINE-UP, GAME #11
Martel - Street - Clarke, Foote - Boqvist - Zetterlund, Studenic - Schnarr - Irvine, Thomson - St. Denis - Darcy
Bahl/Carrick - Okhotiuk/Walsh - Vukojevic/Groleau
Senn - Cormier
Brodeur, White, Seney, Quenneville & Schmelzer
- Vukojevic signed to a three-year entry-level contract it was announced on Friday. He is currently signed to an AHL deal. I did a Profile on him a week ago here.
- That was, what turned out to be, a big TO called by Coach MD late in the 2nd period. Very impressed how he has a fingerprint on this club and players responded.
- Team is young and it showed for the first half of the game. After being off for so long due to an outbreak of Covid-19, they found their legs, and with a little motivational speech, grinded it out the rest of the way.
- Boqvist and Zetterlund found their groove and it was fun to watch as Fabian finished with 4 points and 3 for Jesper.
- Clarke with another snipe tonight as he is gaining confidence, as you can see his development continue. Kid has talent.
- Martel has grown on me as a fiesty type of player, won’t take any crap. Love these type for the entertainment value alone.
- Kevin Bahl had one of his better defensive efforts as he is progressing in the right direction.
Fabian Zetterlund (2g, 2a), Jesper Boqvist (2g, 1a), Nolan Foote (2a)
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