Devils' jump-start comes too late
ALBANY The Albany Devils found a little more life with a tying goal late in the third period, but couldn’t turn that into a win, falling to the Binghamton Senators, 3-2, Sunday in a shootout.
Centerman Steve Zalewski tied the game at 15:07 in the third, injecting some energy into the Devils’ game.
“Guys seemed really down tonight in between periods,” Albany coach Rick Kowalsky said. “I think it was frustration because we never got a flow
going with our forecheck. Then, lo and behold, we tie it up and we had nine minutes, it was the last four minutes and overtime, where we played like we wanted to win.”
The Devils were idle Saturday after a road loss to Adirondack on Friday, and they were hoping to take advantage of a Binghamton team playing its third game in three days. The Senators had lost back-to-back home games to Syracuse and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton by a combined 12-3 margin.
“I think we could have jumped on them a little bit more, but it was good of us to come back and get that point,” Albany rookie defenseman Corbin McPherson said. “Would have liked to have had two points on the weekend, but it’s good that we salvaged one. But, yeah, we definitely want to have more jump in our game coming into a team that’s played three-in-three.”
McPherson put the Devils on the board 22 seconds into the game with a shot from the point that beat goalie Marc Cheverie over his gloveside shoulder.
“Our goaltender, it’s only his second start with us this year, and it can be rattling,” Binghamton coach Luke Richardson said of giving up an early goal. “He really composed himself, and made the next stop. He was really big on the penalty kill for us.”
The Senators killed off the four penalties they faced. Cheverie made 35 saves for his first AHL win of the season.
Binghamton tied the game at 8:47 of the first period when Cole Schneider stuffed a rebound home at the right post. The Senators took the lead at 3:39 in the second on Louie Caporusso’s deflection of a Chris Wideman shot.
After a Binghamton turnover, the Devils got their break as Joe Whitney hit Zalewski with a pass that left him with a clear look at the net, and he sent it over Cheverie’s glove shoulder to the right-side top shelf.
Then the Devils turned it up a bit in pursuit of the game-winner.
“We definitely came to life a little bit [after the goal],” Zalewski said. “It was just frustrating. We were getting some chances, and we just couldn’t seem to capitalize. Pucks were bouncing by us. Then to tie it up, you realize the game is there for the taking. You just need to get that one goal. It’s just human nature, you want to put it away before going to overtime.”
They couldn’t beat Cheverie again, though, and neither team put a shot on net in overtime.
Mike Sislo put the Devils up, 1-0, by beating Cheverie to the five-hole at the end of the first round of the shootout, but that was all Albany got in the tiebreaker, though Matt Anderson nearly found the net in the third round, ringing the right post. Binghamton’s Pat Cannone scored in the fourth round, beating goalie Keith Kinkaid just inside the right post.
Kinkaid stopped Binghamton
defenseman and former Albany Devil Tyler Eckford in the first half of the fifth round, and Zalewski skated out with the game on his stick, trying to beat Cheverie to the same spot he had in regulation, but the shot was sent wide.
In the sixth round, Schneider beat Kinkaid to the same spot Cannone had, and Albany’s Harri Pesonen was stopped by Cheverie’s pads.
“I was excited. I was feeling good about the chance,” Zalewski said. “After scoring in regulation, I was feeling good coming in on the goalie again. I just put it wide and missed. It’s disappointing. You could have ended it right there and it ends up going their way. It’s unfortunate.”
Binghamton 1 1 0 0 – 2
Albany 1 0 1 0 – 2
Binghamton wins shootout, 2-1
First Period – 1, Albany, McPherson 2 (McKelvie, Wiseman), :22. 2, Binghamton, Schneider 6 (Prince, Wideman), 8:47 (pp). Penalties – Sestito, Alb, double-minor (slashing, unsportsmanlike conduct), 8:37; Wideman, Bng (holding), 17:44.
Second Period – 2, Binghamton, Caporusso 1 (Wideman, Schneider), 3:39. Penalties – Kelly, Alb (tripping), 6:10; Cannone, Bng (cross-checking), 9:40; Borowiecki, Bng (slashing), 11:39; Urbom, Alb (hooking), 18:55.
Third Period – 4, Albany, Zalewski 8 (Whitney), 15:07. Penalties – Marshall, Bng (delay of game), 12:03; Sislo, Alb (hooking), 18:03.
Overtime – No scoring. Penalties – None.
Shootout – Binghamton 2 (Caporusso NG, Gazley NG, Jessiman NG, Cannone G, Eckford NG, Schneider G); Albany 1 (Sislo G, Wiseman NG, Anderson NG, Whitney NG, Zalewski NG, Pesonen NG).
Shots on goal – Binghamton 13-4-9-0-1 – 27. Albany 12-14-11-0-0 – 37.
Power-play opportunities – Binghamton 1 of 5; Albany 0 of 4.
Goalies – Binghtamton, Cheverie 1-1-0 (37 shots-35 saves). Albany, Kinkaid 16-10-5 (26-24).
A – 4,928. T – 2:19.
Referee – Jon McIsaac. Linesmen – Mike Emanatin, Frank Murphy.