The Binghamton Senators fell to the Syracuse Crunch 4-1 on Friday night as the Crunch netted two power-play markers and one short-handed tally on their way to the win at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
The B-Sens took an early 1-0 lead off the stick of rookie Alexander Nikulin at 18:09 of the opening period. Nikulin smashed a shot which ricocheted off of the goal post and right back to him at the base of the right face-off circle. Nikulin gathered the rebound and snapped it past netminder Tomas Popperle for his first AHL marker.
The Crunch responded with a power-play tally from Joakim Lindstrom midway through the second stanza. Lindstrom used a screen from a teammate as he snapped a low wrister through the five hole to knot the game at 1 apiece.
Syracuse forward Andrew Murray gave the Crunch the 2-1 lead six minutes later with short-handed tally. Murray took a feed from Trevor Frischmon and snapped a shot over netminder Ray Emeryís glove hand.
Syracuse added an even-strength goal at the 12:26 mark of the third period. Center Geoff Platt took a cross-crease pass from Tom Sestito and one-timed it through the legs of Brian Lee and into the corner of the net.
The Crunch added a late power-play goal to make it a 4-1 final. Netminder Tomas Popperle stopped 38 Binghamton shots to earn the victory.
Rookie winger Tyler Donati collected his first AHL point, assisting on Nikulinís tally.
The Senators return to the ice tomorrow night at 7:05 against divisional foe Hershey.