|FINAL (SO) | 2017-18 Season, Game 35 | Wednesday January 3, 2018
Yardmen Arena, Belleville, ON
Forward lines and defense pairings:
McCormick – O’Brien – Blunden
Paul – White – Rodewald
Perron – Reinhart – DiDomenico
Werek – Flanagan – Gagne
Murray – Burgdoerfer
Englund – Jaros
Lajoie – Erkamps
Scratches: Daniel Ciampini, Danny Taylor, Tyler Randell
Injured Reserve: Ben Sexton, Patrick Sieloff
After being thoroughly dominated in their New Years Eve clash with the Toronto Marlies, the Belleville Senators got back in action when they hosted the Binghamton Devils Wednesday night. They were looking for a bounce back performance and for some revenge after dropping their last meeting with the Devils.
The opening period got off to a promising start for Belleville, but it quickly went south. Ben Thomson got the Devils on the board with a quick wrist shot off a face-off in the Senators zone. After the goal, it was all Binghamton. From that point on, Belleville only managed one shot on Eddie Lack in the Devils cage. After one, Binghamton led 1-0.
Belleville came out much stronger in the second period and it resulted in them evening up the score. It was Nick Paul finding the loose puck in front of Lack and going top shelf to tie the game at one apiece. But in the late stages of the period the Devils restored their lead. Brian Strait put a harmless looking shot towards Marcus Hogberg that may have changed directions and eluded him to make it 2-1. After 40 minutes, Binghamton led by one.
In the third period the Senators were all over the Devils and eventually it paid off. Francis Perron found a wide open Max Reinhart with a cross-crease pass in tight to tie the game at two apiece. Belleville kept the pressure on Binghamton until the dying minutes of the frame but could not solve Lack again. This game needed extra time.
In the overtime period, Chris DiDomenico and Perron generated some chances for the Senators but Lack stood tall in the Binghamton net. Hogberg was rock solid in the Belleville net as well, this game headed to a shootout.
Gabriel Gagne was the only player who scored in the shootout, wiring a beautiful shot past Lack. Putting the pressure on John Quenneville who was stoned by Hogberg, winning the game for Belleville.
The Senators won the first of this home-and-home series with the Binghamton Devils 3-2 in the shootout. After a tough result on New Years Day, Belleville showed some great resilience in this come from behind victory. The second half of this home-and-home goes Friday in Binghamton.
▲ Nick Paul, Chris DiDomenico, Francis Perron, Marcus Hogberg, Max Reinhart
|0 for 2||Power Play||0 for 3|
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