04/03/2011 4:50 PM
ALBANY, N.Y. – The Binghamton Senators reduced their magic number to clinch a 2011 Calder Cup playoff berth to two points Sunday as they earned a point against the East Division rival Albany Devils in a 3-2 shootout loss.
Following a scoreless first period, defenseman Patrick Coulombe scored his second goal in as many games just 4:27 into the second to put Binghamton on the board 1-0. David Dziurzynski and Derek Smith earned the assists on Coulombe’s third American Hockey League goal of the season, his second as a Binghamton Senator.
Cody Bass added to the B-Sens’ lead in the third period, notching his sixth of the season at the 2:07 mark. The goal came moments after Bass exited the penalty box having served a tripping minor. Colin Green picked up an assist on the Bass goal, while Smith added a helper to earn his second point of the game.
Darcy Zajac gave Albany some life as he scored his fourth goal of the season at 6:25 to pull the Devils within one. Matt Anderson went on to score his 22nd of the season at the 13:54 four mark to tie the game at two and eventually force overtime.
The game progressed to a shootout where Albany’s David Caruso stoned all four Binghamton shooters, while Chad Wiseman and Ryan Ginand each managed to beat Barry Brust to help the Devils earn the extra point.
With the loss Binghamton falls to 40-29-3-5 on the season, but moves into a tie with the Norfolk Admirals for fourth place overall in the East Division with 88 points.
The B-Sens next see action Wednesday as they host Norfolk at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $17.75 for side seating, $16.75 for end seating. Fans can purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or in person at the Binghamton Senators’ executive office or the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena box office.
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