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SILENT NIGHT

Amerks offense struggles in 5-1 loss to Senators

Sunday, 12.23.2012 / 11:03 AM / News
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SILENT NIGHT
The Rochester Americans and Binghamton Senators met for the second time in as many nights Saturday at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, where the B-Sens scored three unanswered goals to defeat the Amerks 5-1 in the back-end of a home-and-home series between the intrastate rivals.

BINGHAMTON, NY -- The Rochester Americans and Binghamton Senators met for the second time in as many nights Saturday at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, where the B-Sens scored three unanswered goals to defeat the Amerks 5-1 in the back-end of a home-and-home series between the intrastate rivals.

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With the loss, the Amerks head into the holiday break with a 13-11-2-1 record, while Binghamton improves to 16-6-1-2 and 3-0-0-1 against Rochester this season.

Rookie defenseman Jerome Gauthier-Leduc potted the lone goal for the Amerks and first-year goaltender Connor Knapp made 32 saves in the loss.

Mike Hoffman, Jakob Silfverberg and Andre Benoit each recorded a goal and an assist for Binghamton in front of a 34-save effort from goaltender Robin Lehner.

Senators forward and Spencerport native Shane Prince opened the scoring at 14:31 of the first period. Prince took a cross-ice pass from Cole Schneider just inside the blueline and attacked down the left wing side. When he reached the face-off circle, Prince picked the top corner on the short side with a wrist shot for his fifth goal of the season. Schneider and Benoit picked up the assists on the goal.

Binghamton struck again 90 seconds later on the power-play to take a 2-0 lead. After Knapp turned aside a shot from Silfverberg, Benoit located the rebound at the base of the left face-off circle and knocked it in to extend the Senators’ lead.

Gauthier-Leduc finally put the Amerks on the board with 1:07 left to play in the middle frame, converting a Luke Adam pass from the top of the crease for his second goal of the season. After accepting a drop pass from Kevin Porter at the Binghamton blueline, Mark Mancari slid a pass over to Adam at the left face-off circle. Adam, opting to pass, quickly one-touched it to a streaking Gauthier-Leduc, who joined the offensive rush and finished the play with an easy tap-in past Lehner to cut Rochester’s deficit in half. With the primary assist, Adam extends his current point streak to eight games (5+4), while Mancari has collected four assists over his last three games.

The B-Sens answered back just 14 seconds later as Mark Stone swept in Derek Grant’s rebound to put the home team back up by a pair. After Knapp made the initial save on Grant’s bid from the left face-off circle, the rebound caromed out to the low slot, where Stone deposited the puck into the empty net to give Binghamton the 3-1 advantage through two periods of play.

Binghamton extended its lead midway through the final frame with another power-play goal from Jakob Silfverberg to make it a 4-1 game. With penalties to Amerks defensemen Joe Finley and T.J. Brennan, the B-Sens capitalized on their two-man advantage as Hoffman found Silvferberg stationed at the far post. Upon receiving the pass, Silvferberg moved to the top of the crease and snuck a shot through the legs of Knapp for his team-leading 11th goal of the season.

Hoffman secured the 5-1 win for Binghamton with just 1:34 to play on a breakaway, tucking a shot between the left post and the right arm of Knapp. Hoffman capitalized on a defensive zone turnover along the left wing boards, and after gaining possession of the loose puck, raced up the ice uncontested and beat Knapp for his second point of the night. The unassisted goal was his sixth of the season.

The Amerks get right back to work following the Christmas break as Rochester opens a two-game set with the Lake Erie Monsters on Wednesday, Dec. 26 at The Blue Cross Arena. The 7:05 p.m. matchup will be the second of six meetings between North Division rivals and can be heard live on Sports 1280 WHTK.

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - BOS 82 54 19 9 261 177 117
2 y - PIT 82 51 24 7 249 207 109
3 x - TBL 82 46 27 9 240 215 101
4 x - MTL 82 46 28 8 215 204 100
5 x - NYR 82 45 31 6 218 193 96
6 x - PHI 82 42 30 10 236 235 94
7 x - CBJ 82 43 32 7 231 216 93
8 x - DET 82 39 28 15 222 230 93
9 WSH 82 38 30 14 235 240 90
10 NJD 82 35 29 18 197 208 88
11 OTT 82 37 31 14 236 265 88
12 TOR 82 38 36 8 231 256 84
13 CAR 82 36 35 11 207 230 83
14 NYI 82 34 37 11 225 267 79
15 FLA 82 29 45 8 196 268 66
16 BUF 82 21 51 10 157 248 52

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
C. Hodgson 72 20 24 -26 44
T. Ennis 80 21 22 -25 43
D. Stafford 70 16 18 -19 34
C. Ehrhoff 79 6 27 -27 33
C. Stewart 63 15 11 0 26
C. Conacher 79 7 19 1 26
T. Myers 62 9 13 -26 22
Z. Girgensons 70 8 14 -6 22
M. Foligno 74 7 12 -17 19
J. McBain 69 6 11 -13 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
M. Neuvirth 4 8 2 .921 2.78
J. Enroth 4 17 5 .911 2.82