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Prince, Puempel help Senators defeat Devils

Prince, Puempel help Senators defeat Devils

Shane Prince scored three first-period goals, and Matt Puempel added two, including the game-winner

Shane Prince scored three first-period goals, and Matt Puempel added two, including the game-winner midway through the second period Sunday, lifting the Binghamton Senators to a 6-3 AHL victory over the Albany Devils at the Times Union Center.

Prince opened the scoring 2:31 into the game. He made it 2-0 2 1⁄2 minutes later.

Thirty seconds after that, Mike Hoeffel got the Devils on the scoreboard. Prince completed his hat trick with 10:39 left in the period, a goal that chased goalie Keith Kinkaid from the game. Kinkaid, the former Union College standout, failed to make a save and was replaced by Scott Wedgewood.

The Devils came back to tie the score, 3-3. Adam Larsson scored a power-play goal with 6:42 left in the first. Dan Kelly got the equalizer less than five minutes into the second.

But Puempel broke the tie at 9:35 of the second with power-play goal. Jim O’Brien’s goal with 8:38 left in the third period made it 5-2. Puempel clinched it on an empty-net goal with 51 seconds left.

“We spotted them a [two] goal lead right off the hop,” Devils coach Rick Kowalsky said. “What’s frustrating about tonight is they didn’t earn their goals. We shot ourselves in the foot. That’s a pretty good team to have to play from behind three or two all the time. It was frustrating because there were mistakes that didn’t need to happen.”

Binghamton 3 1 2 — 6

Albany 2 1 0 — 3

First Period — 1, Binghamton, Prince 11 (Petersson), 2:31. 2, Binghamton, Prince 12 (Petersson), 5:01. 3, Albany, Hoeffel 7 (Pelley, Larsson), 5:31. 4, Binghamton, Prince 13 (O’Brien), 9:21. 5, Albany, Larsson 1 (Scarlett, Whitney), 13:18 (pp). Penalties — Borowiecki, Bng, major (fighting), 5:31; Janssen, Alb, major (fighting), 5:31; Blood, Bng (interference), 11:24; Timmins, Alb (hooking), 12:07; Binghamton bench, served by Petersson (too many men), 13:10; Claesson, Bng (holding), 17:17.

Second Period — 6, Albany, Kelly 2 (Sislo, Scarlett), 4:56. 7, Binghamton, Puempel 16 (Hoffman, Schneider), 9:35 (pp). Penalties — Petersson, Bng (holding), 3:39; Larsson, Alb (holding), 3:39; Puempel, Bng (goaltender interference), 6:06; Albany bench, served by Tedenby (too many men), 8:09; Kelly, Alb (tripping), 9:18; O’Brien, Bng (slashing), 19:10.

Third Period — 8, Binghamton, O’Brien 7 (Petersson), 11:22. 9, Binghamton, Puempel 17 (Cowick, Dziurzynski), 19:09 (en). Penalty — Sestito, Alb (interference), 3:22.

Shots on Goal — Binghamton 4-8-7-19. Albany 14-9-13-36.

Power-play opportunities — Binghamton 1 of 3; Albany 1 of 5.

Goalies — Binghamton, Greenham 1-0-0 (36 shots-33 saves). Albany, Kinkaid (3-0), Wedgewood 7-8-2 (15-13).

A — 2,226. T — 2:16.

Referees — Mark Lemelin, Tom Chmielewski. Linesmen — Frank Murphy, Francis Trempe.

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