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Albany 4   Binghamton 3

A second period comeback by the Binghamton Senators was long forgotten after the Albany River Rats scored twice in the final 2:13 of regulation Saturday night to take their first ever win against the Sens, 4-3.

Albany left the ice after the opening 20 minutes with a 2-0 advantage on goals from Jiri Bicek and Aleksander Suglobov (PPG) in a prelude to the Rats first win ever against the Sens in ten tries (1-6-3).

The Sens stormed out in the middle period to awaken the 4,643 fans on hand at the Broome County Arena when Denis Hamel sealed a 3-on-2 rush when his left wing blast pulled Binghamton to within 2-1. Daniel Corso and Alexandre Giroux set up Hamelís league-leading 11th goal of the year.

With the Sens moving onto the power play thanks to a roughing minor on the Ratsí Ahren Nittel at 10:53, Daniel Corso tipped a Peter Smrek point drive off an Albany skate and behind Ari Ahonen (25 saves) to tie the contest at two at the 11:19 mark of the second.

Dennis Bonvie followed with a check on Eric Johansson at the Albany line that dazed the winger before he fell to the ice.  Bonvie was tagged with a highly debatable five-minute charging major a double game misconduct for abuse of officials.

With three and half minutes killed off of the major (being served by Brian McGrattan), Serge Payer sped up the right wing and placed a perfect shot over the glove hand of Ahonen and under the cross bar for 3-2 lead with 2:52 remaining in the middle stanza.

The game appeared to be sealed when Ray Emery (28 saves) stonewalled Suglobov with a flashy right pad save, snuffing out the 3-on-2 rush with approximately seven minutes left in regulation.

But the Rats, winless in their last three (0-2-1), saw lady luck shine down as Bicek centered the puck from below the Binghamton goal line.  The puck appeared to ricochet off of Emery and slip through to tie the game at 17:47 of the third.

And with overtime looming, Suglobov streaked up the right wing before dishing off to Maxim Balmochnych on the left side.  Balmochnych fired home his second of the year at 18:55 to cap the two-goal in 68-second flurry and give the Rats a much needed win.

Penalties punctuated the rematch with referee Steve Kozari whistling down a combined 73 minutes, including a season-high 45 against the Sens.

Boniveís game total of 27 minutes matched a franchise record for PIMs in a game previously set by Dean Melanson (12/22/02 vs. Lowell) and Alexandre Giroux (3/5/03 vs. Rochester).

Albany outshot Binghamton 32-28 with the Rats going 1x7 on the power play while the Sens were 1x5 plus a shorthanded goal, the Binghamtonís third in the last two games.

The Sens suffered their second regulation loss on the current seven-game home stand (2-2-1-1) with Fridayís game against Manchester (7:05 p.m.) wrapping up the extended stretch of play at the Arena.








 


 


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