02/12/2010 9:06 PM
WILKES-BARRE TWP., P.A. – The B-Sens travelled south on I-81 to take on the Pens, a team they entered the game trailing only two points in the East Division standings. The B-Sens entered the game with the goal of overtaking the Penguins and moving out of the basement of the division, but would only narrow the gap to one point as they fell to Wilkes-Barre in a shootout, 3-2.
The earlier part of the day brought a flurry of changes to the B-Sens as defensemen Brian Lee and Derek Smith departed for Ottawa. Drew Bannister returned to the line-up after missing 15 games with an undisclosed injury. Bannister stepped onto the ice at the Mohegan Sun Arena at Casey Plaza wearing the captain’s “C”.
It would take the majority of the first period before either team would get on the board. The Penguins’ Chris Conner netted his tenth goal of the season on the power play at 17:54 giving Wilkes-Barre the 1-0 lead heading into the first intermission. Dustin Jeffrey and Chris Lee each earned the assists.
Just over the midway point of the second period, Tim Wallace gave the Penguins a 2-0 lead as his shot found its way through traffic, past B-Sens’ net minder Mike Brodeur. Ben Lovejoy and Luca Caputi would each earn an assist.
With just 39 seconds remaining on the clock in the second period, Jim O’Brien nets a power play goal for Binghamton, his third on the season to bring the B-Sens within one. Martin St. Pierre played the puck to Ryan Keller. The Penguins’ goaltender Brad Thiessen made the initial save, but Keller picked up his own rebound, passing to O’Brien who was left with an open net.
At 3:38 of the third period, Kaspars Daugavins, the Latvian Olympian who will depart for Vancouver early Sunday morning, scored for the B-Sens to knot the game at two. St. Pierre’s cross-ice pass found Daugavins who fired it up and over a sliding Thiessen into the Pens net. Keller also earned his second point of the night with his second assist of the game.
Daugavins’ goal would wrap up scoring for the teams in regulation as, for the second straight game, the B-Sens found themselves headed to overtime.
Neither team was able to capitalize in the overtime period, so the B-Sens would enter the shootout for their second consecutive game.
Although Mike Brodeur came up big, stopping 38 of 40 Penguins shots on goal, he allowed four goals on five shots in the shootout. Jeffrey's goal in the fifth round of the shootout would be the eventual game winner. Josh Hennessy and Martin St. Pierre would be the only Senators to register goals in the shootout.
The B-Sens face the Albany River Rats tomorrow at the Times Union Center at 7 p.m. Fans can listen live on 680 WINR-AM or 1430 WENE-AM beginning 30 minutes before game time for Countdown to Faceoff with Grady Whittenburg, the voice of the B-Sens.
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