Rookie winger Shawn Weller set a career-high with four points (1+3=4) and Denis Hamel buried two goals and added one assist to lead the Binghamton Senators to a 6-3 win over the Syracuse Crunch on Friday night at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
With Syracuse holding a 1-0 lead in early in the second period, Justin Mapletoft grabbed the rebound from a Matt Carkner shot and snapped a wrist shot top shelf past netminder Adam Munro.
The B-Sens struck again two minutes later when defenseman Lawrence Nycholat riffled a shot over the left shoulder of Munro for his 10th marker of the year.
Rookie Nick Foligno gave the B-Sens a two-goal advantage midway through the second period when he buried his first AHL goal. Denis Hamel deflected a pass out of the B-Sens defensive zone to Foligno in the neutral zone. Foligno advanced on a solo rush and faked twice before beating Munro stick side.
The Crunch would not go away quietly as their captain Zenon Konopka buried two goals in a span of 2:43. Konopka beat netminder Brian Elliott with a backhand shot as Syracuse skated on the power play. He buried the second goal top shelf from just inside the right faceoff circle.
Binghamton’s captain answered with his own marker early in the third period to give the B-Sens a 4-3 lead Hamel entered the ice on a line change and took a feed from Weller up the left boards. He blasted a slap shot into the upper right corner of the net.
Weller added the B-Sens fifth marker midway through the final period, batting an airborne puck past Munro to make it a two-goal advantage.
Hamel and Weller teamed yet again, this time on a late empty-netter to seal the B-Sens 6-3 win. Fellow rookie Alexander Nikulin collected his third assist of the night on the marker.
In addition to his four points, Weller registered a +4 rating. Hamel added an assist to give him a three-point night. Lawrence Nycholat extended his point streak to six games, his second such steak of the season.
Netminder Jeff Glass replaced Brian Elliott for the third period. The B-Sens outshot the Crunch 37-21. The B-Sens had been outshot in 10 straight games entering tonight’s contest.
The B-Sens return to home ice tomorrow night when the Philadelphia Phantoms visit the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena for a 7:05 game. Tickets are still available. For more information on ticket packages please call the Binghamton Senators executive office at (607) 722-SENS.