12/27/2009 8:56 PM
ROCHESTER, N.Y. – The B-Sens hit the road for the Blue Cross Arena in Rochester, New York Sunday for an intra-conference match with the North Division leading Americans.
Just 1:15 into the second period, following a scoreless first, Rochester’s Dylan Hunter gave the Amerks the 1-0 lead beating Mike Brodeur by backhanding a centering pass into the Binghamton net. Andrew Sweetland and Michael Caruso recorded assists on Hunter’s first goal of the season.
Less than two minutes later, B-Sens’ defenseman Paul Baier blasted a shot from the right point for his first goal of the season, knotting up the score 1-1. Kaspars Daugavins and Erik Condra each registered the assists on Baier’s tally.
At 8:41 of the second the Amerks doubled up on the Senators 2-1. Jamie Johnson picked up a Drew Bannister pass behind the net that had been intended for Derek Smith, centering to Jeff Taffe who snipered a shot into the B-Sens’ net, glove side on Brodeur.
At 13:51 of the period Rochester took their largest lead of the evening, going up 3-1 on the B-Sens at Keaton Ellerby’s shot found its way through traffic and into the Binghamton goal. Johnson and Michal Repik each recorded assists for their second point each on the evening.
Following the goal, Coach Nachbaur would pull Brodeur from play, replacing him with Andy Chiodo. Chiodo stepped in strong stopping all four Americans shots faced before the end of the second period, but would run into trouble in the third.
5:12 into the third, Jordan Henry skated in on Chiodo to net an unassisted goal to push Rochester ahead of Binghamton once more by three goals, 4-1.
Midway through the third, Denis Hamel’s thirteenth goal of season on the power play cut Rochester’s lead in half, 4-2. Martin St. Pierre and Derek Smith earned the assists on Hamel’s team leading seventh power play goal of the season.
Following a hooking call to Binghamton’s Derek Smith, with 3:36 remaining in the game, Evgeny Dadonov lasered a centering pass from Jordan Henry into the B-Sens net all but sealing the fate of Binghamton.
The B-Sens had a little fight left in them as he put his thirteenth goal away with just over a minute remaining in the game to cut the score 5-3. Baier earned an assist on St. Pierre’s goal for his second point of the evening. The goal was all the B-Sens could muster offensively before the sound of the horn to close the game.
Up next, the B-Sens head south on I-81 to battle the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Wednesday, Dec. 30.
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