Sens End Skid 4-2
December 13, 2003
The Binghamton Senators snapped their four-game losing streak Saturday night with a 4-2 win over the St. Johnís Maple Leafs in front of 4,011 fans at Mile One Stadium. The victory, the first in four tries this season against St. Johnís, ended the Leafsí three-game winning streak.
Binghamton carried the play in the opening period, outshooting the hosts 21-5, but were left in a scoreless standoff after twenty minutes.
Sebastien Centomo (38 saves) kept the Leafs in the game and in the second, his club limited the Sens to just six shots. But fortuitous bounces left the visitors with a 2-1 lead at the end of two periods.
Serge Payer netted his second goal in as many nights (his 7th overall) as he threw a centering pass to the deep slot. Payerís feed bounded off of the Leafsí Jeff Daw and behind Centomo for a 1-0 advantage at 9:22.
Just over two minutes later, St. Johnís answered with another Harold Druken goal to tie the game at 1-1. Druken sent a Kyle Wellwood pass up and over the glove hand of Billy Thompson (19 saves) for his fifth goal (10th overall) in four games against the Sens this season.
Binghamton went ahead to stay when yet another bad carom victimized the Leafs at 13:04 of the middle period.
After the puck jumped off of a St. Johnís stick along the boards, Daniel Corso broke in on the left wing and threw a shot toward the net. Corsoís drive hit a stick in the deep slot and deflected past Centomo for a 2-1 lead. It was Corsoís seventh goal on the year.
Brian McGrattan (5th goal) gave the visitors their largest lead of the game when his wrister of the right post made it 3-1 at 9:06 of the final period.
Captain Chris Kelly picked up a holding penalty with 2:28 left and with Centomo pulled to create a 6-on-4 skating advantage, Druken sent a cross-ice feed to Brad Leeb who ripped it home for his team-leading 15th of the season to draw the Leafs to within 3-2 with 54.7 seconds left.
That would be all for the Leafs as they again pulled Centomo, but David Hymovitz ended any thoughts of a comeback as he found the empty net with 12.9 seconds to go to seal Binghamtonís first win in the month of December.
The Sens went 0x7 on the power play while the Leafs converted one of their four chances on the night.