BINGHAMTON – The Binghamton Senators made the Syracuse Crunch look foolish Friday night in Syracuse. On Saturday it was the Crunch’s turn to stump the Sens as they took care of business with a 4-1 victory in front of 3,530 fans at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
Syracuse got on the board first, on the powerplay. After Jim O’Brien’s boarding call that could have gone either way, Tanner Richard came in on the right side with speed and centered the puck from the bottom of the right circle to a trailing Artem Sergeev. Sergeev let go a hard wrister past Nathan Lawson to make it a 1-0 game 9:48 into the opening frame. It was Sergeev’s second of the young 2013-14 campaign.
Lawson was able to stop the other 13 shots on him in the period, which ended on a sour note. J.T. Brown and Mark Borowiecki were racing for the puck behind Lawson. Borowiecki won the race easily and was pummeled by Brown, who went off with a boarding major, setting the tone for the rest of the night. Borowiecki was alright, but visibly shaken up for a brief moment.
The game stayed 1-0 until late in the second. Binghamton looked more comfortable after a sloppy but relatively unscathed opening frame. They hit three posts in the second, but finally 17:23 in, were able to light the lamp. On the powerplay after Sergeev’s interference call, Chris Wideman let go a soft shot that was wide, but Shane Prince tipped home the puck in the air to tie the game at 1. Prince, who had been benched in the previous two games, got his first goal of the season.
“That’s kind of a set play we run on the powerplay, looking for the high tip,” defenseman Chris Wideman said. You see the Detroit Red Wings do that a lot on the powerplay. That’s where we picked it up. We’ve got a lot of skill guys on our team and my job is to help them contribute offensively when I can.
Binghamton let things get away in the third and Syracuse took advantage. Noticeably tired, the Crunch put a three-spot on the board.
Just 2:34 into the third, Syracuse scored their first of the period, and ultimately the game winner. Vlad Namestnikov took a feed from Nikita Kucherov in the center slot. The feed came from a similar spot to Namestnikov’s fluke goal Friday night, but the play was executed as planned and Namestnikov put it past Lawson and made it a 2-1 game. It was his third of the season and second in as many nights.
Whatever wind remained came out of the Sens sails at the 9:15 mark, as Kucherov took the puck into the offensive zone on the left side. He fed Brown on the right side who sent it right back to Kucherov. Kucherov let go a soft wrist shot from the left circle and made it a 2 goal game, as he was credited with his fifth of the young season.
It was Cedric Paquette who let go the icing on the cake. He intercepted the puck in the neutral end and took it down the left side himself, scoring an easy goal past Lawson to make it 4-1. Paquette was credited with his second of the season and Matt Taromina was credited with an assist, although it was not apparent whether or not he touched the puck.
On the other end, Syracuse backup netminder Riku Helenius looked stellar, as Binghamton let go a respectable 27 shots and he stopped 26 of them.
Binghamton regained fire in the closing two minutes, as they tallied up two fights Darren Kramer and Luke Witkowski went at 18:11, but Witkowski was given a roughing minor. Geoff Walker and Ben Blood went at 19:40. Corey Cowick got in a melee after the final buzzer. No penalties were called in that scrum. Philippe Parades and Fredrik Claesson had a wrestling match in the first period, but only minors were called.
Binghamton, faced with their first 3-in-3 of the season, is traveling to Bridgeport for a 3 PM game Sunday.
“The best thing about a poor effort is you don’t have to wait long,” coach Luke Richardson said. “Unfortunately it’s [a long trip] and [Bridgeport doesn't] play tonight. It’s all will power now…
“We’d rather have the two [wins]. We did the hard work last night on the road…When you lose a home game I always say you’ve gotta [sic.] win two on the road to make up for that. That’s our task at hand.”
Syracuse travels to Utica on Friday night for their first ever meeting with the Comets.
- Wacey Hamilton was credited with the goal that was originally credited to Ben Blood on Friday. The change occurred Saturday afternoon. He had tipped Blood’s shot in the left faceoff circle. That goal now reads: Hamilton from Blood and Wideman at 10:43 in the 2nd period.
- Syracuse remains in second in the league in powerplay percentage. It is now down to 28.6%.
- Binghamton head coach Luke Richardson indicated that Andrew Hammond will start against Bridgeport, barring an extenuating circumstance that comes up between now and game time.
- Linesman Bob Fyrer was hit in the face by a stick in the second. He struggled through the next whistle but was hunched around the Senators bench. He was looked at by a trainer and continued the game later.
- HILIGHTS: (Credit Lindsay Kramer, the Crunch beat writer, for alerting me of this.) http://www.sendtonews.com/index.php?id=211&SK=ZvzHbWZ4Qh
1 Nikita Kucherov – SYR (GWG, A)
2 Vlad Namestnikov – SYR (G)
3. Shane Prince (BNG) (G)