Sound Tigers tie it late in Binghamton, fall in OT
The winning goal was one of those tangle-ups that turn into an overtime odd-man rush in today’s hockey, giving the Binghamton Senators a 3-2 win over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday.
Bridgeport came back in the third period in the back-and-forth game at Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton, N.Y., to get to overtime and get a point.
“It was a hard-fought point. We battled back and stayed the course,” Bridgeport coach Brent Thompson said. “Obviously disappointing we lost in overtime, but there were a lot of positives. The young guys generated a lot of offensive chances.”
Jaroslav Halak made 32 saves. Though he has stopped 76 of 82 shots in 164 minutes, he’s 1-0-2 since he was sent down from the New York Islanders on New Year’s Eve.
“Jaro was excellent,” Thompson said.
Bracken Kearns’ power-play goal from the right circle tied it with 3:12 remaining, a shot that eluded Chris Driedger’s glove and got inside the right post off a pass from Devon Toews. Kearns has four goals in the past three games.
Steve Bernier got Bridgeport on the board at 5:23 of the third period, redirecting home Josh Winquist’s pass. Andrew Rowe had held onto the puck just inside the Binghamton zone, allowing Bridgeport to change after a penalty kill, then sent the puck cross-ice to Winquist on the left side.
Binghamton won it after Bridgeport’s Travis St. Denis got tangled up with Phil Varone. Both went down, but Varone got back up quicker to start a three-on-two for the Senators. Jack Rodewald finished the rush.
“Three-on-three hockey, it’s pond hockey. It’s not real hockey,” Thompson said. “At five-on-five, I thought we played well. We won the special-teams battle.”
The Senators scored short-handed in the second period when Max McCormick tallied on a rebound after coverage broke down.
Binghamton made it 2-0 at 33 seconds of the third period on a rush. A chip out of its zone turned into a three-on-two, quickly breaking down to a two-on-one. Varone tapped in Ben Harpur’s pass.
This was the Sound Tigers’ last visit to the Senators in Binghamton; the team is moving to Belleville, Ontario, next season. Binghamton expects to have another AHL franchise next season. The Senators won a six-game playoff series over Bridgeport in 2003.
SENATORS 3, SOUND TIGERS 2 (OT)
BRIDGEPORT0 0 2 0—2
BINGHAMTON0 1 1 1—3
First Period — No scoring. Penalties — Johnston, Bpt (tripping), 5:51.
Second Period — 1, Binghamton, McCormick 9 (Kostka, Nehring), 8:35 (sh). Penalties — Rodewald, Bin (tripping), :57; Harpur, Bin (cross-checking), 7:51; Rowe, Bpt (interference), 16:53; Bernier, Bpt (boarding), 17:59.
Third Period — 2, Binghamton, Varone 8 (Harpur, Rodewald), :33. 3, Bridgeport, Bernier 12 (Winquist, Rowe), 5:23. 4, Bridgeport, Kearns 13 (Toews), 16:48 (pp). Penalties — Robinson, Bin (tripping), 2:38; Winquist, Bpt (high-sticking), 2:43; Ho-Sang, Bpt (high-sticking), 7:55; Kostka, Bin (slashing), 16:01; Leduc, Bpt (cross-checking), 18:15.
Overtime — 5, Binghamton, Rodewald 11 (Varone, Rumble), 1:29. Penalties — None.
Shots on goal — Bridgeport 12-11-12-0—35. Binghamton 14-9-10-2—35.
Power play opportunities — Bridgeport 1 of 4, Binghamton 0 of 6.
Goaltenders — Bridgeport, Halak 1-0-2 (35 shots-32 saves). Binghamton, Driedger 8-5-2 (35-33).
Attendance — 3,051. Referees — Voss, Reneau. Linesmen — Dussureault, Sauda.