CLEVELAND – Cam Johnson turned aside 41 shots and Marian Studenic scored in overtime as the Binghamton Devils completed the weekend sweep against the Cleveland Monsters, 4-3, in a Sunday afternoon matinee.
The Devils got out to an early lead in this game. Just 3:51 into the first period, the Devils took a 1-0 lead on a beautiful passing play. Blake Speers received a slick backhand pass from Egor Yakovlev on the rush, fought off a hook, and fired the puck into the open cage for the first goal of the game. Brandon Baddock also picked up an assist on the play.
The lead would be short lived as the Monsters tied the game less than 3 minutes later. Cleveland forward Vitaly Abramov collected a drop pass from Nikita Korostelev and fired a wicked wrister just under the bar against Cam Johnson. Ryan MacInnis tallied the secondary assist on the play.
Taking a page out of last night’s game, the Devils scored with 1:00 left in the opening period. Egor Yakovlev teed up Blake Pietilla for a one timer on the power play, and Ryan Schmelzer tipped it home. The late goal on the man-advantage gave Binghamton a lead going into the middle frame.
In a second period marred by penalties on both sides, the Devils would take a two-goal lead with yet another powerplay goal. Egor Yakovlev sent the puck to Blake Pietilla in the right-wing circle who then spotted a wide-open Brandon Gignac on the opposite wing. Gignac delayed and ripped a shot off the post and in to give the Devils a 3-1 at 14:29. Not only did the goal give Yakovlev his third helper on the day, but it also chased Cleveland goalie Matiss Kivlenieks from the net after he allowed three goals on just seven shots.
The Monsters were able to put a dent into the deficit late in the second period. Justin Scott sent Korostelev and Abramov in for a 2-on-1 with 25 seconds left. Korostelev used Abramov as a decoy and fired a wrist shot past Johnson’s blocker. Dylan Somerby notched the secondary assist and Monsters made it a 3-2 game going into the final period of play.
Though the Devils were able to stymie the Monsters early in the third, Vitaly Abramov tied the game at three on a powerplay with 5:31 remaining in regulation. Abramov pounced a fortuitous bounce following a Cleveland point-shot banked off the end boards, and shoveled home his second goal of the contest. Tommy Cross earned the primary assist while Korostelev added his third point of the game.
No strangers to the dramatic as of late, the Devils headed to overtime. After a flurry of big-time stops by Cam Johnson, Marian Studenic went coast to coast and fired a laser past Jean-Francois Berube to give the Devils their third win in a row.
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