03/12/2011 10:33 PM
CHARLOTTE, N.C. – The Binghamton Senators put an end a three game skid and salvaged a pair of points from what had proved to be a disappointing road trip with a 3-1 win over the Checkers Saturday night at the Time Warner Cable Arena.
Forward Jason Bailey led the offense for the B-Sens tallying a pair of goals, while goaltender Barry Brust made 31 saves to send the team home on a high note.
Jon Matsumoto scored the lone goal for Charlotte, giving them a 1-0 lead just 3:02 into the first period. The goal came on the power as Corey Locke served a slashing minor.
The B-Sens doubled up on the Checkers in the second, scoring a pair to take a 2-1 lead heading into the second intermission.
Bailey beat Justin Pogge for the first time just over five minutes into the period. Cody Bass and Derek Grant earned the assists. Grant’s assist was his first professional point. The product of Michigan State University joined the B-Sens this week after signing an entry-level contract with Ottawa.
Later in the second Jim O’Brien deked his way past the Checkers defense to backhand a shot past Pogge. The goal was O’Brien’s 18th of the season and gave Binghamton their first lead of the game with 2:32 remaining in the period.
Just shy of five minutes into the third, Bailey buried his second goal of the game. Bass would also earn his second point of the game, receiving credit for an assist on the goal.
The Checkers had an opportunity to get back into the game in the final two minutes of play the B-Sens were issued a pair of penalties. With Pogge pulled in favor of an extra attacker, the Checkers sought to narrow the scoring deficit playing 6-on-3 hockey for the final 1:41 of regulation. Brust and the B-Sens defense proved to be too much for Charlotte, squashing any chance the Checkers had a building a comeback and holding on for the win.
The B-Sens return to action Wednesday as they travel to Glens Falls to take on the Adirondack Phantoms 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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