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Senators power past Sound Tigers

Published 7:57 pm, Sunday, October 20, 2013
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BRIDGEPORT -- One zipped through a screen past goalie Anders Nilsson. He didn't see the second one, either. The third one wasn't much clearer.

Three power-play goals for the Binghamton Senators made it a short game for Nilsson. His Bridgeport Sound Tigers and the Senators went back and forth from there before Binghamton earned a 6-5 overtime win Sunday.

"It feels frustrating. It (stinks) right now. It's always tough when you don't see the puck," said Nilsson, pulled 13:02 into the game after the Senators took a 3-0 lead.

"For my personal sake, I've got to be better. Even if I didn't see them, you can always be different."

Binghamton went 4-for-4 on the power play, including Mike Hoffman's goal in overtime.

Bridgeport (1-3-1-0) had clawed back into it, breaking an 0-for-21 power-play schneid with John Persson's third-period goal that made it 3-3.

Binghamton's Cole Schneider scored the first of his two goals just 64 seconds later, left alone in front of Kenny Reiter, and the Sound Tigers were looking up again.

"We just have to find a way to make certain plays, small plays at critical times," coach Scott Pellerin said.

Attendance was 2,484.

Goals by Mike Halmo and Johan Sundstrom 67 seconds apart tied it once more. But Scott Mayfield had to hook Shane Prince going to the net in overtime. Hoffman scored on a rebound.

Bridgeport's start was perfect in its first game in a week.

The Sound Tigers spent four minutes in the Binghamton end, pressuring a team that had played Friday and Saturday and didn't get to its hotel until 4 a.m., challenging young goalie Andrew Hammond.

"Five on five, we came out and played a lot in their end," said Brock Nelson, sent down just for the day from the New York Islanders. "We took a few penalties, myself included, and their power play scored four goals."

On Nelson's charging penalty, Troy Rutkowski scored from the right point at 5:35. With Dallas Jackson off for a slash, Mika Zibanejad scored from the top of the right circle 37 seconds later.

When Hoffman, with Mayfield away for delay of game, spun away from Riley Wetmore and beat Nilsson up high, Pellerin had Reiter get his gear on.

"We needed to do something," Pellerin said. "I thought Anders could have maybe battled a little harder to find those pucks (but) we're not getting blocks. We're not getting right in the shot lanes."

Bridgeport did score four goals at full strength. Sundstrom (serving as an alternate captain with captain Chris Bruton injured), Persson and Ryan Strome each had three points.

"We were able to bounce back. With a little bit of luck we could get two points out of this game," Nilsson said. "It's a step forward, in the right direction for our team."

mfornabaio@ctpost.com; http://twitter.com/fornabaioctp; http://blog.connpost.com/fornabaio

3 stars

1. MIKE HOFFMAN, BINGHAMTON: In the right spot twice to score big goals, including the game-winner.

2. JOHN PERSSON, BRIDGEPORT: Two goals and a crucial assist.

3. COLE SCHNEIDER, BINGHAMTON: Former UConn standout scored two third-period goals.

UNSUNG HERO: Mike Halmo went to the net and earned two points.

UP NEXT: Saturday at Syracuse, 7 p.m.

-- MICHAEL FORNABAIO

Binghamton 3 0 2 1--6

Bridgeport 1 1 3 0--5

First Period -- 1, Binghamton, Rutkowski 1 (Prince, Da Costa), 5:35 (pp). 2, Binghamton, Zibanejad 2 (Hoffman, Ceci), 6:12 (pp). 3, Binghamton, Hoffman 3 (Ceci, Zibanejad), 13:02 (pp). 4, Bridgeport, Strome 1 (Halmo, Pedan), 17:13. Penalties -- Nelson, Bpt (charging), 4:15; Jackson, Bpt (slashing), 5:59; Mayfield, Bpt (delay of game), 12:02; Sdao, Bin (check to head), 17:50.

Second Period -- 5, Bridgeport, Persson 1 (Sundstrom, Lee), 1:00. Penalties -- O'Brien, Bin (hooking), 1:32; O'Brien, Bin (holding), 18:21.

Third Period -- 6, Bridgeport, Persson 2 (Sundstrom, Strome), 2:44 (pp). 7, Binghamton, Schneider 1 (Prince, Da Costa), 3:48. 8, Binghamton, Schneider 2, 7:59 (sh). 9, Bridgeport, Halmo 1 (Persson), 10:09. 10, Bridgeport, Sundstrom 2 (Nelson, Strome), 11:16. Penalties -- O'Brien, Bin (high-sticking), 2:21; Puempel, Bin, double minor (high-sticking), 5:51; Hamilton, Bin (hooking), 11:38.

Overtime -- 11, Binghamton, Hoffman 4 (Zibanejad, Ceci), 4:16 (pp). Penalties -- Mayfield, Bpt (hooking), 3:58.

Shots on goal -- Binghamton 13-5-7-2--27. Bridgeport 9-10-12-2--33.

Power play opportunities -- Binghamton 4 of 4, Bridgeport 1 of 7.

Goaltenders -- Binghamton, Hammond 1-1-0 (33 shots-28 saves). Bridgeport, Nilsson (10-7), Reiter 0-2-0 (13:02 first, 17-14).

Attendance -- 2,484. Referees -- Knorr, Binda. Linesmen -- Colby, Simeon.

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