ALLENTOWN – Evan Cormier made 30 saves and Nick Lappin scored the eventual game winner as the Binghamton Devils defeated the Lehigh Valley Phantoms on the road Friday night, 2-1.
After no scoring in the first period, the Devils broke the ice and took a 1-0 lead on a rebound chance. Nick Lappin fired a shot off the leg pad of goaltender Alex Lyon and the rebound went right to Ryan Schmelzer who tapped home his seventh of the year. Schmelzer’s goal came at 9:16 of the second with assists from Lappin and Brandon Gignac.
After a key defensive play by Egor Yakovlev, Lappin gave the Devils a 2-0 lead. With the power play coming to a close, Gignac fired a shot from the left circle to the front of the net that Lappin deflected in. The goal was Lappin’s 12th of the year, second in as many games, and second point of the night at 16:16 with assists from Gignac and Colton White. Binghamton took a 2-0 lead into the third period despite being outshot, 21-14.
Lehigh Valley got one back in the third period as Zach Palmquist banked the puck off goaltender Evan Cormier from the left wing wall at the 12:55 mark. The goal pulled the Phantoms within a goal of tying the game and was assisted by Connor Bunnaman and Carsen Twarynski. In the end, Binghamton held on for the one-goal win. Cormier stopped 30 of 31 shots for the win.
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