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St. John's 6   Binghamton 1

The Binghamton Senators matched a franchise record with their fourth consecutive loss, a 6-1 setback Friday night to the St. John's Maple Leafs in front of 5,236 at Mile One Stadium.

The six goals against also matched a franchise-high that had been allowed twice previously in the 2002-03 season.

Depsite a much improved effort in the first period, the Sens found themselves trailing 2-0 after the opening 20 minutes on goals by Ric Backman and Harold Druken.

Backman's goal 13:40 into the contest marked just the fourth time in the last 18 games that the Maple Leafs have struck for the first goal while it was the sixth time in the last seven that the Sens have allowed the opening goal.

The eventual game-winner off of the stick of Druken came unassisted when he collected a loose puck and snapped it under Billy Thompson (26 saves)with 2:53 to go in the first for the 2-0 lead.

The game turned early in the second period as Binghamton went on the powerplay just :17 in as Kris Newbury was whistled for interference.

Twenty-one seconds in to The Sens' third power play chance, Robb Palahnuk caught Andy Hedlund with his head down behind the Binghamton net.  Palahnuk's thundering check knocked the puck loose and it was in turn centered by Clarke Wilm onto the stick of Palahnuk.

Palahnuk cirled a shot around Thompson for his third goal of the year, and his second shorthanded marker, to make it 3-0.

After Brad Leeb (14th) and Jonathan Gagnon (2nd) extended St. John's lead to 5-0, Binghamton's only offense came on the power play when Serge Payer snapped a shot past Mikael Tellqvist (26 saves) during a five-minute power play at 14:28 of the second period.

Brendan Bell high sticked Brian McGrattan, providing the Sens with man-up, and Payer whipped a shot under the cross bar that origianally wasn't credited as a goal.  After the play had moved back into the Sens zone, referee Bob Langdon blew the play down and awarded the goal after a lengthy discussion.  Denis Hamel and Jody Hull drew the assist on the Sens' first power play goal in eight games.

Defenseman Pierre Hedin closed out the scoring when he stuffed home his fifth of the year off of a Druken centering pass with 5:21 left in the game.  Druken finished the night with a goal and two assists and has now has lit Binghamton up for four goals and three assists in three head-to-head matches with the Sens this season.

The same two teams will close out the season series tomorrow night in a 6:05 p.m. face-off from St. John's, Newfoundland.  Radio coverage on 680-WINR and on will begin at 5:45 p.m.

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