ROCHESTER – Colby Sissons scored in his return to the lineup, but the Amerks proved too much for the Devils to overcome, as Binghamton fell 5-1 at Blue Cross Arena in Rochester on Sunday evening.
Rochester got on the board 3:55 into the opening period to take a 1-0 lead. Brendan Guhle and Will Borgen won a battle in their own defensive zone and pushed the puck ahead to Wayne Simpson. Simpson surged down the wing into the Devils zone and rifled the puck by Mackenzie Blackwood.
Despite a handful of stellar saves by Blackwood – including a remarkable stop on an Amerks 2-on-1 – Rochester added to the lead at 9:33. After making a glove save on Jack Dougherty’s point shot, Blackwood could not corral the rebound and was taken out of his net in the ensuing scramble. Eric Cornel gathered the puck, circled the net, and fired a quick shot into the open cage. Rochester would take a 2-0 lead into the second period.
After Blackwood held off an early second period surge by the Amerks, the Devils cut the Rochester lead in half. Colby Sissons’ wrist shot found the net through traffic, making it a 2-1 game 3:33 into the period. Brandon Baddock and Nick Saracino earned assists onSissons’ second of the year.
The Amerks soon got their two-goal lead back with 9:24 left in the second. Andrew Oglevie entered the Devils zone on a three-on-one and fired a wrist shot over Blackwood’s shoulder and under the bar.
Rochester added another goal with 2:16 remaining in the middle frame, as Taylor Leier found an uncovered Remi Ellie at the side of the net. Elie lifted the puck past a sprawling Blackwood, giving Rockester a 4-1 lead at intermission.
Andrew MacWilliam scored on a slapshot 8:47 into the final period to give Rochester a four-goal lead, and an eventual 5-1 win. Following the goal, Evan Cormier came in to replace Blackwood in net for the rest of the game.
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