01/30/2010 10:00 PM
SYRACUSE, N.Y. – The Senators traveled north for their final indoor game in Syracuse this season tied with the Crunch for last place in the Eastern Division standings. Binghamton was unable to snap a two game losing streak and now find themselves as the lone resident of the division cellar, as they fell to the home town Crunch 5-1.
The Crunch center Derek MacKenzie tallied the first goal at the 3:25 mark of the first period. MacKenzie picked a pass from Tomas Kana and beat B-Sens net minder Andy Chiodo to give the Crunch an early lead.
Five minutes later on the power play, Syracuse’s Mike Radja took a cross crease pass from Jared Aulin, and beat Chiodo low, glove side to increase the lead to 2-0.
A Senators turnover would quickly turn into a 3-0 Crunch lead as Rajda capitalized to score his second of the game at the 11:12 of the period.
Dan Fritsche had a shorthanded breakaway, beating Chiodo one-on-one with just under two minutes remaining to put Syracuse largely in command of the game, leading 4-0.
Chris Holt replaced Chiodo, who gave up four goals on just 13 shots, in the Binghamton net to start the second period. Holt would fare much better than his predecessor as he turned away all ten shots he faced in the period and kept the deficit at four goals heading into the third and final period.
Binghamton ended any Crunch hopes of a shutout a mere 2:46 into the third, when on a power play, Kaspars Daugavins’ wrap around effort was turned aside but Josh Hennessy poked the rebound by a sprawled out Kevin LaLande to finally get the B-Sens on the board 4-1.
Aulin tallied his second of the game, beating Holt for the first time of the night as time expired to ice the game and send the Senators home on the losing end of a 5-1 game.
The B-Sens return to the ice tomorrow as they travel to Hershey to take on the American Hockey League leading Bears in a 5 p.m. tilt.
-Go B-Sens Go-