The Syracuse Crunch netted a pair of power play goals in the first period, but the Binghamton Senators had the last laugh Friday.
The Senators scored five unanswered goals in the second and third periods -- including the eventual game-winner on a controversial penalty -- as they topped the Crunch, 5-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial.
For Syracuse coach Rob Zettler, his team got away from the game plan and what the team did well in the first period.
"We get up by two, and then we think we're a fancy team instead of grinding it out," Zettler said. "We are what we are. We don't have high-end skill on our team. We have to manufacture goals by working hard, getting it deep and trying to plug away down there."
Bingo wears out Syracuse.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 4 goals on 35 shots for the loss.
SYR Connolly, (3) (Taormina, Paquette), 2:05 (PP)
SYR Paquette, (8) (DiSalvatore, Connolly), 17:21 (PP)
BNG Claesson, (1) (Grant), 5:12
BNG Hoffman, (13) (Da Costa, Wideman), 19:12
BNG Stone, (7) (Hoffman, Wideman), 8:27 (PP)
BNG O'Brien, (3) (Schneider, Wideman), 18:19
BNG Dziurzynski, (2) , 19:47 (EN)
Cedric Paquette was the game's third star.
Defenseman Jean-Philippe Cote is finally making his return to the NHL after a seven year absence after signing a 2-year, 2-way contract with the Tampa Bay Lightning yesterday. Cote has been an integral part of the Lightning organization for its AHL squads the last three year, most recently with Syracuse.
In September, we called Cote an "elite player for the Lightning organization" for his mentoring roles with prospects, high character, and all-around likability.
Simply put, there are players with all the skill in the world that kids try to emulate, trying trick shots and near-patented moves. Cote's the type of person and player that a dad will take his son by the shoulders, turn him in Cote's direction, and say "be like him." Even if the kid never makes the NHL, he's a player and person his family can be proud of.
For a second-straight season, Vladislav Namestnikov spent most of December watching from the stands.
After getting off to more than a point per game pace, the Syracuse Crunch center had his sophomore season interrupted when he required surgery on his left hand, which was broken from blocking a shot against Hamilton at the Bell Centre in Montreal Nov. 22. The 21-year-old is now counting the days until he can return to the lineup.
"I'm even hungrier now," Namestnikov said. "I just want to get back as soon as possible. I can't wait."
Even with a hat trick, Crunch can't top Bears.
Kristers Gudlevskis allowed 3 goals on 37 shots before allowing 3 of 11 shooters convert in the penalty shot session for the SO loss.
SYR Rankin, (6) (Sergeev, Angelidis), 0:31
HER Deschamps, (6) (Segal, Schilling), 5:16
SYR Rankin, (7) (Angelidis, Paquette), 10:54
SYR Rankin, (8) (Angelidis, Sergeev), 7:49
HER Kolomatis, (4) (Deschamps, Segal), 18:01
HER Segal, (4) (Kolomatis, Schmidt), 16:58
SYR- Rankin, Paquette
HER- Stoa, Galiev, Mitchell
It should be noted the Syracuse lineup did not include Dana Tyrell or Matt Taormina, both of which were returned by Tampa Bay today, nor did it include the freshly signed and recalled J.P. Cote. So, perhaps tonight's result wasn't all that bad under the circumstances.
Box score from TheAHL.com.