After slow starts in consecutive games, The Binghamton Senators scored two first period goals Saturday night and hung on to beat the Rochester Americans 2-1, in front of 8,514 at the Blue Cross Arena.
Coming off a 3-2 win Friday at Albany, Binghamton took control early in this one and Robin Lehner was solid in net, picking up his 12th win of the season.
David Leggio got the start in net for the Amerks and he was under siege early. Derek Grant got things started 4:18 in, with a shot from the left side that Leggio couldn’t corral. It was Grant’s ninth goal of the season, a career high. The goal was unassisted.
Binghamton’s Chris Wideman got things started on Binghamton’s second goal, with a long pass to Hugh Jessiman, who started ahead on a 2-on-1 break with Corey Cowick. Jessiman rifled a shot that banged off of Leggio’s pad and on to Cowick’s stick. It was an easy stuff from there and that made it 2-0 at the six-minute mark of the first period. Wideman was credited with the second assist. That earned him his first American Hockey League point.
The B-Sens got the only power-play of the period, when Evan Rankin was tagged for tripping at the 17:39 mark. Binghamton came up empty, as they were unable to get a shot on goal during the man-up. Shots were all even at eight after the first 20 minutes.
Rochester tested Lehner more in the second period and they were rewarded with a goal halfway through the period. Lehner went behind the net to play the puck and collided with Brian Flynn, who was able to pass the puck to Joe Finley, who let a shot rip from the left circle. Marcus Foligno was stationed in front of the net and was able to tip it in, cutting Binghamton’s lead to 2-1.
The Amerks looked poised to tie the game with less than five minutes left in the period, but Lehner made a series of saves, helping the B-Sens hold a very tenuous lead.
Rochester got two power-plays in the stanza, both were unsuccessful. Binghamton had an abbreviated advantage, but could do nothing with it.
Despite the miscue that allowed Syracuse to score, Lehner was solid in the period stopping 10 of 11 shots. Leggio had an easy time of it, stopping all five shots he faced.
The Amerks managed only eight shots in the third period, while Binghamton put 16 on Leggio. Rochester’s best chance came with about 10 minutes left, when Mark Mancari fired a hard wrister that Lehner lost sight of momentarily but he regained it and didn’t allow Rochester to pounce on a rebound.
Lehner finished with 26 saves and earned first star honors. Leggio countered with 27 stops. Both teams finished the night 0-for-3 on the power-play.
Binghamton @ Rochester game report
Game notes: Jakob Silfverberg’s six game goal streak ended on Saturday.
With the victory, Binghamton improved to 18-7-1-2 on the season. They will play host to the St. John’s IceCaps in the annual New Year’s Eve game. Game time is 6:05 p.m.