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Strong First Period Sends B-Sens Past Amerks For 3-2 Win

Sunday, 12.19.2010 / 8:51 PM ET / Recap
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Strong First Period Sends B-Sens Past Amerks For 3-2 Win
(Rochester, December 19)... An early offensive blast in the first period led the Binghamton Senators (14-13-2-2) to defeat the Rochester Americans (14-15-2-1) 3-2 tonight at The Blue Cross Arena. With the loss, the Amerks also snap a two-game winning streak after putting on impressive performances over the weekend.



Leading the way for the B-Sens was David Hale (1+0), who scored what proved to be the game winning goal late in the first period of play. Hale also received top star honors on the night. Netminder Robin Lehner also held the Amerks from a late-game rally, stopping 31 of 33 shots he faced.



For the Amerks, Triston Grant (1+0) and Scott Timmins both added goals for the Amerks, but were unable to rally the team late in the game. Goaltender Jacob Markstrom also was able to keep the Senators quiet in the second and third period, after allowing three goals early. He blocked 31 of 34 attempts in the losing effort.



Only a little over a minute into the first period of play, Colin Greening put the first tally onto the board for the Senators. Center Corey Locke passed the puck from the blueline to defenseman Derek Smith at the point. Smith then fed the puck to Greening who wound up for the slapshot and sent the puck past Markstrom’s left shoulder, scoring his ninth goal of the season. Locke and Smith also received helpers on the play.



Binghamton would add another goal, this time at 8:33 in the first, to increase their lead to 2-0 over Rochester. Craig Schira sent the puck up the ice to winger David Dziurzynski who then let Kaspars Daugavins test Markstrom in front of the goal. After Markstrom thought he made the initial save on the left side of the net, Daugavins brought the puck to the other side of the goal and slipped it in to capitalize on the play.



At the close of the period the Senators found their way to the back of the net again to take a 3-0 lead. Roman Wick grabbed the puck behind the left side of the goal and sent it up to Hale who then drilled the puck from the top of the point into the net scoring his first goal of the season.



Despite the Amerks lack of offensive effort in the first 20 minutes of play, the defense managed to come up with some huge plays while facing a shorthanded 5-on-3 situation late in the first. Binghamton took multiple shots at Markstrom, but he managed to block all of them preventing a power-play goal for the Senators while on the man-advantage.



After almost 40 minutes of play, the Amerks finally managed to score a goal with less than a minute remaining in the second stanza. Upon a pass from Clay Wilson, Timmins blasted one past Binghamton’s Lehner for his sixth of the year. Michael Duco also was credited with an assist. 



The Amerks started their offense early in the third period to diminish the B-Sens lead to one at 3:08. Grant added the goal with help from P.J. Fenton and Eric Selleck. The third star of the game’s goal would come up short of a win though, as the Amerks could not rally from the Senators’ offensive blast earlier in the contest.

The Amerks remain at home on Sunday, December 26th as the Syracuse Crunch make their post-Christmas Day trip to The Blue Cross Arena. The 5:05 p.m. contest will be the third of 10 get-togethers this season between the longtime rivals and will be broadcast live on SportsRadio 1280 WHTK and FM 107.3, Rochester’s Sports Talk. The game will also be shown live on Time Warner Cable SportsNet Channel 26.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
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11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
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14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
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