BINGHAMTON – The Binghamton Devils scored three goals in a span of 8:30 in the third period and won their fourth game in a row with a 3-1 victory over the visiting Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Friday night inside Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.
After 20 minutes of play, neither team was able to capitalize on the five penalties seen in the opening frame. The Sound Tigers ended the drought, scoring 1:31 into the second for the first goal of the night. Colin McDonald registered his first goal of the season as he buried a Kieffer Bellows rebound by a sprawling Cory Schneider. Bellows picked up his 17th point of the season with his assist and Otto Koivula logged the additional helper on the goal and Bridgeport took the 1-0 lead into the final period.
Capitalizing on their seventh power-play opportunity of the night, the Devils tied the game at one early in the final frame. A left corner pass from Colton White connected with Ben Street over on the right side. Street rocketed the puck at the net, surpassing Sound Tigers goaltender Jakub Skarek for his 13th of the season. White and Joey Anderson were credited with the assists on the Binghamton goal that came at 5:09 into the third.
Four minutes later, Binghamton picked up their second power-play goal of the night to take a 2-1 lead. Dakota Mermis slid a long pass over to Fabian Zetterlund on the left side. Waiting for an opening, Zetterlund finally blasted his shot on the short side over the right shoulder of Skarek for his seventh goal of the season. Along with Mermis, Nathan Bastian tallied an assist on the play at 9:53 of the third.
The Devils added to their lead as Mikhail Maltsev recorded his third goal of the season with 7:21 left in the third period. Anderson brought the puck around the back of the net, sliding it over to Maltsev on the left side of the goal. Maltsev tapped it past Skarek, giving Binghamton a 3-1 lead with assists from Anderson and Chris Conner.
Schneider stoppe 16 of 17 in the win while Skarek denied 28 of 31 in the loss.
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