11/14/2009 10:09 PM
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – Before the drop of the puck, B-Sens goaltender Mike Brodeur was honored with the AHL/Reebok Player of the Week Award for his outstanding efforts in goal for the week ending Nov. 8. However, it was his defense that left him vulnerable tonight at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena as the Monarchs defeated Binghamton 6-5 in a shootout.
The B-Sens struck first on the power play. Martin St. Pierre hit Ryan Keller with a pass in the slot, who then backhanded a shot over the right shoulder of goaltender Jeff Zatkoff at nine minutes into the first.
The Monarchs quickly answered back just one minute later. Andrew Campbell drove to the net and chipped a backhander that bounced off Brodeur’s chest. The Senators defense failed to clear the front of the net, and Elkins buried in the loose rebound to tie the score 1-1.
In a 3-on-2 break into the Binghamton zone, Brandon Segal snuck in behind the defense and tipped in a hard pass from Marc-Andre Cliche over the left shoulder of Brodeur to put the Monarchs up 2-1.
With just over a minute left in the first period of play, Kevin Westgarth threw a blind pass from the boards to an open Elkins at the far post, who lifted a backhander top shelf for his second goal of the game.
Into the second period of play, the B-Sens failed to cash in on the Joe Piskula interference penalty. As Piskula came out of the box, he laid a big hit on Geoff Kinrade carrying the puck. John Zeiler picked up the loose puck and lead Oscar Moller for a breakaway that he snapped under the glove of Brodeur at 6:22 for the lone goal of the period.
Three and a half minutes into the third period, Elkins slid past a check on the boards and fed a pass to Justin Azevedo in the slot, whose wrist shot found the back of the net to give the Monarchs their biggest lead of the game at 5-1.
Denis Hamel began an explosion of offense for the B-Sens as he carried the puck into the Manchester zone and took a slap shot at the top of the right circle that beat Zatkoff over the right
shoulder at 10:59 for Binghamton’s first goal since the first period. Just over a minute later, Kaspars Daugavans finished a rebound off of a shot by Erik Condra to cut the Monarch lead to 5-3. With five minutes left in regulation, Keller intercepted a clearing pass in the Monarchs zone, passed to St. Pierre in the slot, who wristed it past Zatkoff to put the B-Sens within one.
With the power play on a Brandon Segal holding penalty and Brodeur pulled in the last minute, the Sens had the two-man advantage. Craig Schira blasted a slap shot to tie the game with fifty seconds left in regulation.
After a scoreless overtime, the game went to a shootout. After three rounds, the score was tied at one with goals from Moller and Hamel. The Monarch’s Justin Azevedo buried the game winner in the fifth round of the shootout to end the game.
Up next, the B-Sens travel to Hartford, C.T. on Wednesday, Nov. 18 to face the Wolf Pack at 7 p.m.
-Go B-Sens Go-