BINGHAMTON, NY - The Binghamton Senators battled hard and outshot the Manchester Monarchs, but found themselves on the losing end of a 2-1 score Friday night at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. With the loss and Syracuse’s win over Norfolk, the B-Sens fall three points behind the Crunch in the race for the Eastern Division crown.
“The result was not what we wanted,” coach Luke Richardson said. “I thought we played real hard and skated well and created a lot of chances. Unfortunately we only cashed in on one.
Binghamton got out of the gate with the early goal. Just 4:06 into the opening frame, Shane Prince played the puck out of the right corner into no-man’s land in the slot. Pat Cannone skated in and scored while the attention was diverted elsewhere.
“I kind of leaned forward a little bit but just got enough of it and it went in,” the goal scorer said.
Despite constant offensive pressure, Monarchs goalie Martin Jones was up to the challenge. Cannone’s goal was his lone blemish as he went the rest of the way without allowing a goal, despite being peppered towards the end.
Manchester answered back, scoring on Nathan Lawson just three and a half minutes later, as Linden Vey had the puck near the bottom of the right faceoff circle. He let a backhand pass to Tanner Pearson who ripped home the tying goal.
The score stayed the same through the second and into the third. Notably, midway through period two, Lawson skated gingerly off the ice, going right into the dressing room. Mark Cheverie finished off the game in net, with Lawson returning to the bench for the third.
“He was laboring a bit after he pulled something,” Richardson said, “so we thought we’d get him out of there.”
Cheverie was stellar in relief, except for the start of the third, as Vey scored his own goal just 27 seconds in. Vey was in the right circle and ripped a hard shot past Cheverie to make it 2-1 Manchester.
The Monarchs and B-Sens both had prime opportunities in the later minutes, but Jones stopped a barrage of shots and the Monarchs missed wide twice on the open net.
Manchester gains two points and makes their way to a 4-way tie for 7th in the league with the win, claiming the 7 seed on tiebreakers. The Senators remain in 4th with the loss, and are in danger of losing their fading homes of a division title. Manchester travels to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton tomorrow and finishes their season at Hershey on Sunday. Meanwhile, the B-Sens wrap up their home schedule on Saturday against the Bears before traveling to Syracuse on Sunday
The points race is very confusing. Binghamton is three points behind Syracuse. If they win out (Syracuse would have to lose one game for that to happen) and Syracuses loses out, with Sunday’s game being in regulation, Binghamton is the division champion. However, if Syracuse wins or goes to overtime , they would win the division regardless, as they would own the third tiebreaker (Goal differential) in a tie situation. Obviously, if Syracuse wins on Sunday, they would win the division. Got it? It’s confusing I know.
The B-Sens did announce they will have a Saturday-Sunday open to the playoffs, regardless of the seed and opponent. The game on April 27th is at 7:05 pm with the game on the 28th slated for 5:05 PM. Those will be games one and two of the five-game opening series.
While Richardson came shy of blaming the ice on the loss, he was very critical of the ice conditions. The building was warm and it was humid, with thunderstorms in the area. In fact, a tornado warning was issued seven minutes prior to faceoff. Luckly, nobody at the arena suffered, but the ice was softer than normal nonetheless. Richardson’s Comments on the Ice:
“The ice was real soft in the hot weather out there”…
If the ice is a little slower, you’ve got to bear down a little harder.”
- Lawson is Day-to-Day with a lower body injury. His return is unknown, as Richardson had not talked to the trainers before speaking with the media.
- Cody Ceci, an Ottawa native, made his professional debut. He was even with three shots and no penalty minutes. The defenseman just came off a playoff run with the Owen Sound Attack.
“It’s a little weird. We had our own playoff push a little while ago, but got knocked out. It’s a quick turnaround and before I knew it I was joining another team… I just had one night at home.”
1. MAN Linden Vey (G, A)
2. MAN Martin Jones (W, 37 SV)
3. BNG Pat Cannone (G)