BINGHAMTON, NY - Corey Cowick has had an eventful weekend. On Friday night, the left winger made a “pad save” to quite literally save the game. On Saturday he scored the game winning goal with 58 seconds left to give the Binghamton Senators a 4-3 win over the Rochester Americans at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
The goal was his second of the night, and it came unassisted. Cowick skated along the left wing and seemingly faked a shot or pass from atop the circle. Instead he carried the puck to just outside the crease and put it top shelf above Amerks goalie Nathan Lieuwen.
“I did such a good interview yesterday, I wanted to do it again,” Cowick joked. Cowick isn’t the player you would expect to shine. He’s a mostly defensive forward who has come into his own as a scorer this season. Both skills were evident this weekend.
“I came in and kind of fumbled the puck a bit,” Cowick said of the goal. “When I looked up, I think the goalie was trying to cheat a bit short side, and the rest is kind of a blur.
“I got a couple of gloves in the face and I was fishhooked in the pile,” the elated winger said of the post-game celebration.
The Senators again started the scoring, but this time it took nearly six minutes. Stephane Da Casta took a point shot from the left side. Lieuwen made the initial save, but Shane Prince was on the doorstep and tapped in the rebound to make it 1-0. Mark Borowiecki was credited with the second assist. Prince was not done on the scoresheet.
Rochester knotted things up at the 15:50 mark. After Derek Grant took a blatant cross-checking penalty, Matt Ellis scored his first goal of the season, tying the game at 1. Ellis went five-hole on Nathan Lawson, ending his shoutout streak.
The firts frame scoring was not done, as a minute later Cowick scored his 10th goal of the year. Lieuwin made the initial save, but the rebound was right to Cowick who was around the right wing crease and he redirected it into an open net, bringing the Senators into the break with a 2-1 lead.
Binghamton, and Prince, was not done. Possession changed a lot on the play with each player seemingly passing it to the other team. Prince ended up with the puck in the slot, and he took advantage, scoring his second goal of the night and 14th of the season just 2:42 into the period. The Sens were up 3-1 and sitting pretty for the second half of the game.
With 1:13 left in the second, the Americans were inches away from pulling within one, as Lawson was interfered with before the puck reached the back of the net. The goal was disallowed but no penalty came out of it, leading to a later goal as Rochester bookended the second intermission with goals to tie the game up at three. With just 14 seconds left in the second, Maxime Legault deflected the puck behind Lawson. This one counted, and pulled the Amerks to within one.
“It’s heartbreaking to get a goal at the end of the period,” Cowick said.
Under a minute into the final period, Zemgus Girgensons knotted the game up at three. He followed the puck off the rebound, putting it in the back of the net.
The game stayed tied until the final minute of overtime when Cowick ended it himself.
“We know if we get chances and we keep playing well, we’re going to put one in,” the game winning goal scorer said, “This time it took a little more than the 20 minutes in the third.”
Coach Luke Richardson was happy with the team’s overall play, but esepecially for Cowick, who he said showed up as a power forward Saturday night.
“He’s been given an opportunity, but he’s the one that’s made the most of it,” The Senators coach said. “Skating, driving to the net, creating chances down low, and finishing his checks all over the ice; it’s really credit to him. He’s really driven.”
The third year forward now has 11 goals and 15 assists, along with 63 penalty minutes and the sliding save Friday night.
The Senators travel to Hershey to take on the Bears on Sunday afternoon at 5:00 PM from the Giant Center. Rochester returns to the Blue Cross Arena to take on the Abbotsford Heat at 5:05 PM Sunday afternoon. The two teams will meet for the eighth and final time Wednesday night in Rochester.
NOTES: Binghamton now leads the season series at 6-0-0-1. The two teams have the highest number of shots allowed in their respective conferences, so it was a high shooting game. Binghamton converted on four of their 38 shots while Rochester converted 3 out of 44 shots on net.
3) BNG Corey Cowick (2 G, GWG)
2 BNG Shane Prince (2 G)
1 BNG Stephane Da Casta (2 A)