SYRACUSE – The Binghamton Devils erased a 2-0 deficit and came away with a 4-3 shootout victory on the road Friday night over the Syracuse Crunch inside Upstate Medical University Arena.
Cal Foote gave the Crunch an early lead just 49 seconds into the game. The puck deflected off a skate out to Foote and he blasted a wrist shot over the right shoulder of goaltender Cory Schneider for the 1-0 lead. The goal was Foote’s fourth of the year from Cory Conacher and Dominik Masin.
On their second shot of the game, the Crunch added to the lead at 2:48 of the first frame. Taylor Raddysh moved the puck into the right circle and lifted a shot by the right arm of Schneider for a 2-0 lead on his 11th of the year. Assists were credited to Masin and Alexander Volkov and Syracuse took that lead into the intermission.
In the second, Binghamton scored twice to tie the game. Nathan Bastian followed up with a rebound goal after Michael McLeod was stopped by goaltender Spencer Martin. Bastian lifted the puck over the left shoulder of Martin for his ninth of the year from McLeod and Nate Schnarr at 14:27 of the second.
The Devils tied the game at two as their power play concluded late in the second period. Dakota Mermis fired a shot just inside the blue line that Schnarr tipped by Martin from the hash marks to even the score. The goal was Schnarr’s third of the year and first with the Devils with assists from Mermis and Fabian Zetterlund and the game was tied heading to the third, 2-2.
Joey Anderson gave the Devils the lead 10:44 into the third period on the power play. Brett Seney fired the puck off the skates of Anderson and into the net from the left circle for his 14th of the year. Assists on Anderson’s power-play goal were given to Seney and Nick Merkley for a 3-2 lead.
With the net empty late in regulation, Alex Barre-Boulet ripped a shot over the right shoulder to tie the game and force overtime. The goal was his 18th of the year from Mathieu Joseph and Cameron Gaunce at 18:21 of the third.
After no scoring in overtime, Schneider stopped all seven attempts in the shootout and Egor Sharangovich put home the winner for a 4-3 victory.
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