Derek Grant scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, as the Binghamton Senators defeated the Rochester Americans 3-2 Saturday night at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. The loss marks Rochester’s second straight of the weekend and drops the Amerks to 8-6-1-0 on the season.
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Kevin Porter and Evan Rankin each scored for the Amerks, while Brayden McNabb and Brian Flynn each notched assists to extend their point streaks to four and seven games, respectively. David Leggio earned the start for Rochester, stopping 33 of 36 shots on net. The Amerks also outshot the B-Sens 51-36 in the contest.
Spencerport native Shane Prince rounded out the scoring for Binghamton, who also earned a 49-save effort from goaltender Robin Lehner.
Rochester got on the board first at 11:58 of the opening period when Porter notched his fifth goal of the season. Frederick Roy advanced the puck to Marcus Foligno at the offensive blue line to create a 3-on-1 rush, and Foligno moved up the left wing boards before feeding a cross-ice pass to Porter, who backhanded it past Lehner for the goal. Foligno picked up his team-leading 16th point of the season on the goal while Roy collected his second helper of the year.
The Senators evened things up just over a minute into the second period when defenseman Fredrik Claesson’s shot from the blue line was deflected by Grant in the slot and re-directed past Leggio for the goal. Claesson was credited with the lone assist on the goal.
Later in the period, Prince gave Binghamton a 2-1 lead when he scored the first goal of his professional career. Prince, stationed in front the Amerks crease, got his stick on a low shot from the point by Tyler Eckford and deflected it high into the net for the go-ahead goal.
That lead would be short-lived, however, as Rankin tied the game with a power-play goal just one minute and 27 seconds later. Rankin tipped in a point shot by McNabb, who was set up with a pass from Flynn. By recording the assists on the play, Flynn extended his point streak to seven games while McNabb collected a point for the fourth consecutive outing.
Binghamton regained its lead at the 4:38 mark of the third period when Grant scored his second goal of the night that proved to be the game-winner. With the Amerks on a power-play, Grant picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone, rushed up the right wing boards, and tucked a shot inside the post for the unassisted, shorthanded goal.
The Amerks return to action on Friday, Nov. 23 at The Blue Cross Arena when they host the Albany Devils at 7:05 p.m. The “Black Friday” match-up will be the first of four meetings between the teams this season. It will be televised on Time Warner Cable SportsChannel and can also be heard on Sports 1280 WHTK.