Jean-Gabriel Pageau had two goals and an assist and Andrew Hammond made 41 saves to earn his second win of the weekend as Binghamton beats Hershey 5-4 in a SO for their fourth win in a row. The Sens would make it a perfect three for three weekend with six points as they climb into a tie with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton for second place and within one point of first place Syracuse in the East.
- 1st period
Tyson Strachan has a wrap around shot and thinks he scores off of Hammond. But after a video review rules it no goal. Off the face off Josh Brittain slaps the spinning puck and scores past Hammond’s glove side as he never saw it for a 1-0 lead. Hoffman with a give away for Bears two on one break out as Hammond makes the save. Sens go on the pp as the first unit comes out as Stephane Da Costa‘s slapper gives the rebound to Hoffman and he shoots it over the net as he had a wide open area. Stone denied in the slot. Dane Byers levels Wacey Hamilton out and Corey Cowick steps in to fight Byers and manages a few shots but Byers wins it. B-Sens get on the board as Mike Hoffman, with some nice stick handling finds a streaking Pageau and slides a cross ice backhander that Pageau buries past Philipp Grubauer. Hammond making some good saves as Hershey is peppering the rookie netminder. Senators get in a little penalty trouble with three calls in a row going against them and are down two men. Hershey threatening but Cody Ceci comes out of the box and gets the puck and draws a holding penalty to even things up at four aside. Shots are 23-11 Bears.
- 2nd period
Binghamton starts out the period on the pp and Hershey kills it. Shane Prince finds Pageau as he skates in alone against Grubauer and saves it but drew a penalty. Off the faceoff, Mark Stone uses the boards to tip the puck away from a Bear player and passes to an open Pageau and scores for his second goal of the game. That play was all Stone with great hustle and determination. Bingo back on the pp and creating chances with excellent positional play and puck movement. Sens don’t score but playing well. David Dziurzynski fails on his wrap around attempt but Darren Kramer gets the rebound with two players hounding over him for a 3-1 lead. Buddy Robinson flattens out Tomas Kunratek as he needs help going to the locker room. It was as if Kunratek was hit by a mack truck as Robinson would have another big hit in the corner shortly afterwards. Chris Wideman gets hit and comes back at Garrett Mitchell with a two-handed stick swing at Mitchell’s side. That would end up costing Wideman a match penalty which is an automatic game misconduct. Player’s then pile over one another to a melee near center ice with no fight’s breaking out. Michael Sdao looking for a dance partner with no takers. Bears go on a five-minute pp and score right away with 1.9 seconds left in the period as Jeff Taffe slips it past a sprawled out Hammond to make it a 3-2 game. Bears will continue on the pp in the third. Shots are 10-9 Bears.
- 3rd period
Bears on pp as Pageau leads a three man rush with Ceci as Robinson is trailing. Pager draws two defenders by going around the net and feeds Robinson alone in front of the crease to score for a shorthanded goal. Matt Puempel picks up a 10 minute misconduct. Senators good forechecking but the Bears go on another pp. Casey Wellman would score with a quick one timer by Hammond’s right to make it a 4-3 game. Senators get their chances but can’t find the net, as Hammond making some great saves on the other end of the ice. Mitchell barrels in on Hammond to score a shorthanded goal to tie up the game at four. Hammond gets hit in the helmet which knocks him on the ice and draws the penalty but will finish the game. All tied up heading to OT. Shots favor Hershey 10-5.
Bingo starts out on the pp but cannot score. Hershey controls most of the OT as Hoffman almost finishes the job trying to create scoring chances towards the end of the five-minute session. Bears 2-1 shot advantage. Total for the game 45-27 Bears.
Da Costa and Puempel would score and Hammond allowing one goal as Binghamton earns the extra point. Hammond didn’t realize that was the game as he then looked up to see the team coming over to him and says ‘YES‘ to himself before the player’s celebration.
- Bears come back from two goals deficits twice but fell short for their second shootout loss of the season. Hershey would end up with 8 powerplays scoring on 2 of them. Bingo winds up 2 for 7. Bingo penalized 47 minutes.
- Hammond played good. He goes down to the butterfly and makes it work but on occasion he’s down too quick and the shooter has the upper part of the goal to score on. He’s quick, but needs positional work around the net. However, he came up big again in getting tonight’s win and Friday’s win in Rochester as well.
- Pageau played great, such a gifted forward with speed and he reads the ice so well. The way he saw Hoffman in the corner looking for the right play, Pager then sneaks in from the blueline, skating in back of 3 Hershey players and in towards the net as Hoffman saw him for the perfect pass. Bears never picked up on Pageau.
3 STARS OF THE GAME
- #1 Pageau (2g 1a)
- #2 Hammond (41 saves)
- #3 Mitchell (1g)
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