BELLEVILLE – The Binghamton Devils collected a three-point weekend on the road after a 5-4 overtime loss to the Belleville Senators on Saturday night.
Chris Conner kicked the scoring off for Binghamton just 47 seconds into the game. Conner collected a rebound at the bottom of the left wing circle and beat goaltender Filip Gustavsson for his second in as many games to give the Devils a 1-0 lead. Assists on the early goal for Binghamton were credited to Joey Anderson and Ben Street.
Street helped set up the first power-play goal of the season for the Devils. Street fed Conner on the left side of the net and he hit Brett Seney with a pass who let a shot go immediately that beat Gustavsson for a 2-0 lead. Seney’s goal was his second of the season with helpers from Conner and Street at 11:45 of the first. Binghamton took the two-goal lead into the intermission and Gilles Senn stopped all seven shots he faced for the Devils.
Belleville started the comeback in the second period on a double deflection. Jordan Murray played a shot from the point that deflected off of Drake Batherson and Logan Brown before beating Senn just 3:55 into the period. The goal was Brown’s first of the night and first of the year with the assists from Batherson and Murray to decrease Binghamton’s lead to 2-1.
Shortly after, Ryan Schmelzer connected for his first of the season on an amazing move in the offensive zone. Schmelzer took a long pass from Brandon Gignac and went through the defender and lifted the puck over the shoulder of Gustavsson for a 3-1 lead at 7:06 of the second.
Brown recorded his second goal of the period and season as he slid in a Nick Paul pass at the top of the crease to pull the Senators back within a goal. The goal came at 9:19 of the middle period with assists from Paul and Batherson and the Devils’ lead was just one.
Jack Dougherty tied the game at three on a shot from the blue line with just 1:39 left in the second with assists from Batherson and Paul. Shots on net after 40 minutes were also even at 19.
Just 5:43 into the final period, Michael McLeod gave the Devils a one-goal lead. After a chance was denied, Conner fed McLeod at the top of the crease and he tapped the puck by the left leg pad of Gustavsson for his first of the season. The goal gave the Devils a 4-3 lead with helpers from Conner and Nathan Bastian.
Paul tied the game for the Senators with 4:20 left in the third period. Brown took a pass from Batherson and fed Paul who snapped the puck over the right shoulder of Senn for his first of the season to even the game, 4-4.
In overtime, Batherson capped off his five-point night with the overtime winner at 4:32 for a 5-4 comeback win. Senn stopped 29 of 34 in the loss while Gustavsson put aside 27 of 31 in the win.
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