12/08/2012 10:00 PM
Portland jumped out to an early lead on Friday night, but were unable to stop the streaking Senators as Binghamton went on to score 6 more unanswered goals to beat the Pirates by a 6-1 score at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. The Senators have won 9 straight games, while the Pirates start their two game road trip with a loss.
Brendan Shinnimin would get the scoring started for the Pirates, tipping an Alexandre Bolduc shot past Binghamton goaltender and former UMaine Black Bear Ben Bishop. Shinnimin’s goal, his third of the year, came on the power play, with both Bolduc and Ethan Werek registering assists. Just 29 seconds later, however, the B-Sens would tie it up on a Pat Cannone tally, an unassisted goal at the 6:39 mark of the first. Despite some intense back and forth action for the remainder of the period, both Bishop and Pirates goaltender Mark Visentin would make some spectacular saves to keep the game knotted at one goal apiece until the first intermission.
The Senators would then take the lead in the second, as Cannone would keep the scoring going. Cannone would slap one past Visentin at the 6:33 mark, assisted by Jakob Silfverberg and Hoffman, giving him 2 goals on the night and the B-Sens a 2-1 lead. Cannone would then tally his third point of the night, assisting Hugh Jessiman’s goal at the 13:18 mark to give Binghamton a 3-1 lead that they would carry for the rest of the period. Corey Cowick was also credited with an assist on Jessiman’s 4th goal of the season.
Binghamton’s 4th goal came on anodd play, as the Portland net came off the mooring after Patrick Wiercioch’s shot. However, the goal fell back in place as the puck crossed the line, giving the B-Sens a 4-1 lead at the 10 minute mark of the third. Frustration then boiled over for the Pirates, with Mark Louis taking on Cole Schneider in a one-sided bout that turned the game chippy. Jakob Silfverberg would convert on the powerplay opportunity, giving the Senators a 5-1 advantage. What followed was a rash of penalties on both sides, with both teams picking up numerous roughing penalties as well as a number of misconducts and fights. Wiercioch would get a second goal of the night in the midst of the penalties with 3:41 to go in the game. More fights and penalties would follow, with the final combined tally reaching 150 penalty minutes over 36 infractions.
The Pirates fall to a 10-10-1-1 record, while the Senatorsimprove to 13-4-1-1, winning their 9th straight game.Mark Visentin drops to 2-6-1, stopping 30 of 36 shots, with Ben Bishop stopping 39 of 40 shots to reach a 5-2-0 record.
The Pirates get back to action tomorrow night on the road as they take on the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Puck drop is at 7:05 PM and the games can be heard on 95.5 and 95.9 WPEI in the Portland area, 92.7FM and 100.7 FM WOXO FM in the Lewiston/Auburn area, and online on the WLOB radio player and AHL Live.
The Pirates return to Portland on December 11th against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and will play the Manchester Monarchs at the Androscoggin Bank Colisée on December 14th in VIP Cup Series action, presented by VIP Parts, Tires and Service. Tickets are still available for both games by calling (207) 828-4665 ext. 350 or online at ticketmaster.com for games in Portland and by calling 783-2009 x 525 or online at www.thecolisee.com for games in Lewiston.