The first surge gave the Syracuse Crunch a short-lived lead, but the second sealed the win.
Syracuse scored 25 seconds apart in the second period and 70 seconds apart in the third, as the Crunch beat the Binghamton Senators, 4-2, at the Onondaga County War Memorial Saturday.
"When we got on the ice after the goal, we just said 'Hey, we need a good one,'" said Crunch forward Joel Vermin, who finished with a goal and an assist. "It's crucial. Right after a goal, you need a good shift."
Crunch's stars help pull out big victory over Bingo.
Kristers Gudlevskis had an excellent night allowing just 2 goals on 45 shots for the victory. Both defenses were porous, but Gudlevskis outdueled his counterpart at the opposite end of the rink.
BNG Schneider, (1) (Prince, Wideman), 3:58
SYR Marchessault, (2) (Paquette, Drouin), 5:19
SYR Vermin, (1) (Blunden), 5:44
BNG Puempel, (1) (Johnson, Schneider), 8:51 (PP)
SYR Blunden, (2) (Vermin, Kunyk), 13:20
SYR Corrente, (1) (Paquette, Drouin), 14:30
Mike Blunden, Jonathan Drouin, and Gudlevskis were the game's three stars. Drouin had 2 helpers and a game high 7 shots on goal. The current plan appears to be for Drouin to remain with the Crunch through next weekend before he rejoins the Lightning.
Syracuse travels to Worcester to play the Sharks next Friday.
Box score from TheAHL.com.
HPK 3 vs. Sport 2
Saku Salminen, HPK, DNP
Season totals: 6 GP, 0-1-1, -1, 2 PIM
Ex-Bruins first rounder Zach Hamill assisted on all three goals in HPK's 3-2 win over Sport Vaasan. Saku Salminen did not dress for the match.
Quebec Major Junior Hockey League
Cape Breton Screaming Eagles 2 @ Halifax Mooseheads 5
C Cameron Darcy, CB: Did not play
Season totals: 4 GP: 0-2-2, -2, 2 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 65 GP, 35-47-82, +3, 51 PIM
Halifax had a 4-1 lead entering the third period and coasted to a 5-2 victory over the visiting Eagles. Cam Darcy did not play in the game. They team only said he wasn’t dressed for the game.
Quebec Remparts 2 @ Chicoutimi Sagueneens 3
W/C Adam Erne, QUE: 1-0-1, +1, 0 PIM, 3 SOG, 2/5 FO, 3 Hits
Season totals: 7 GP, 4-6-10, +6, 10 PIM
2013-2014 Season: 48 GP, 21-41-62, -3, 65 PIM
Quebec dropped their second game this week, 3-2 to the Sags. Erne’s goal at 12:02 of the first period gave the Remparts a 2-1 lead they’d later relinquish.
Ontario Hockey League
Sarnia Sting 4 @ Oshawa Generals 6
D Anthony DeAngelo, SAR: 1-0-1, -1, 2 PIM
Season totals: 5 GP, 1-5-6, -1, 15 PIM
2013-14 totals: 51 GP, 15-56-71, -34, 90 PIM
Fresh off a road win in Peterborough on Thursday, Sarnia spotted the Gens a 3-0 lead entering the third period before DeAngelo scored his first of the year on the power play. Oshawa scored two more goals to push the lead to 5-1 and they never looked back.
Western Hockey League
Portland Winterhawks 6 @ Moose Jaw Warriors 2
C Brayden Point, MJ: 1-0-1, -1, 4 PIM
Season totals: 8 GP, 5-7-12, +6, 10 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 36-55-91, -27, 53 PIM
Point and the Warriors were pummeled at home, 6-2, by Portland. Miles Koules, WHL overager and son of former Lightning owner Oren Koules, had two assists for Portland.
Calgary Hitmen 2 @ Medicine Hat Tigers 1 (OT)
D Ben Thomas, CAL: 0-0-0, +1, 0 PIM, 0 SOG
Season totals: 8 GP, 1-2-3, +2, 4 PIM
2013-14 totals: 72 GP, 7-24-31, +11, 39 PIM
Calgary stole a win in Medicine Hat, winning 2-1 in overtime. Calgary goalie Mack Shields (undrafted) stopped 40 of 41 shots as the Hitmen were outshot, 41-19.
Chelyabinsk 3 vs. Bratislava 2
Jaroslav Janus, Bratislava, Loss, 22/25, 3.05 GAA, .880 sv%
Season totals: 9 GP, 2-5-2, 0 SO, 2.57 GAA, .906 sv%
Ex-NHLer Jan Bulis had a goal for Chelyabinsk in their 3-2 win over Slovan Bratislava. Ex-Lightning defenseman Kurtis Foster had a helper in defeat for Slovan.
Khanty-Mansiysk 1 vs. Zagreb 2 (OT)
Nikita Gusev, Khanty-Mansiysk, 0-0-0, E, 0 PIM, 4 SOG
Season totals: 13 GP, 4-2-6, -2, 4 PIM
Nikita Gusev was scoreless in 15:35 of ice time in Yugra's 3-2 loss to Zagreb. Ex-Coyote, Penguin, and Panther Bill Thomas scored the overtime winner on the PP for Zagreb, assisted by ex-Montreal second rounder/ex-Syracuse Crunch Mathieu Carle.
Togliatti 2 vs. Mytischi 1 (SO)
Dmitry Korobov, Mytischi, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM, 1 SOG
Season totals: 2 GP, 0-0-0, -1, 0 PIM
Dmitry Korobov was scoreless in 23:26 of ice time in Mytischi's 2-1 shootout loss to Lada Togliatti. Ex-Lightning defenseman Matt Gilory had a helper in defeat for Mytischi.