03/26/2012 7:52 AM
By Mike Schepp
GLENS FALLS, N.Y. - Following a rare Saturday off, the B-Sens were back in action on Sunday as they travelled to Glens Falls to take on the Adirondack Phantoms in a matinee. Former Binghamton captain Denis Hamel and Matt Ford each scored a pair of goals to lead the Phantoms to a 5-4 win.
The B-Sens got off to a good start in the game as captain Mark Parrish scored at 5:47 of the first from Patrick Wiercioch and Mark Borowiecki. The Phantoms however took advantage of an early power play to tie the game at one. Harry Zolnierczyk put one past B-Sens starting netminder Robin Lehner at 8:46. Lehner stopped the initial two shots but the B-Sens were unable to clear the puck and Zolnierczyk put it home.
The second period was all Adirondack, as the Phantoms scored three goals to take a commanding 4-1 lead over the B-Sens. Ford scored at 6:28 of the middle frame to give the Phantoms their first lead of the day. Hamel then scored two goals in the second half of the period just 2:54 apart to give the Phantoms some cushion heading into the third period.
Mike McKenna entered the game in relief of Lehner for the third period of play after Lehner allowed four goals on 28 shots.
The Phantoms stretched their lead to 5-1 as Binghamton allowed their 14th shorthanded goal of the year. Ford scored his second goal of the game shorthanded at 5:24 into the third period.
The B-Sens came alive late in the third period as they scored three goals to cut the Phantoms lead to one. Andre Petersson scored his team leading 22nd goal at 10:23 to start the comeback attempt. Wiercioch scored on the power play at 16:46 to make it a 5-3 game. With less than a minute left in the game Mike Hoffman cut the lead to one, but did not leave enough time for B-Sens to pick up the game tying goal.
The B-Sens were 1-for-4 on the man advantage and 0-for-1 on the penalty kill.
McKenna stopped eight of the nine shots he faced, taking the loss to fall to 14-19-1 on the year. Michael Leighton turned aside 33 of Binghamton’s 37 shots to earn the win and improve to 24-23-0 on the season.
Up next the B-Sens will host the Hershey Bears on Wednesday, March 28 at 7:05 p.m. Wednesday is $10 Wednesday presented by Weis Markets. Fans that present their Weis Preferred Shoppers Club Card at the time of purchase in person at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena box office or the B-Sens’ executive offices can purchase their game ticket for only $10. The offer is not valid by phone or at Ticketmaster outlets and cannot be combined with any other coupons or offers.
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