Seemed that whenever the Wilkes-Barre / Scranton Penguins needed a jolt of good luck to happen to them, on comes the Binghamton Devils and the luck would turn.
You see, the Binghamton Devils had never beaten the Penguins, 0-11 coming in to Wednesday nights contest.
A 4-1 win for the Devils and a loss for the Penguins which felt like a flat, lifeless, flaccid, dead effort from Wilkes-Barre in a game they couldn’t get out of second gear on.
I don’t know what it is about the start for the Penguins, but they got scored on first again. The Penguins have yet to score first this season. They fell into a 2-0 hole in the first, didn’t do anything in the second except take two penalties, got one back in the third, but Binghamton’s first shot on goal in the third goes in and the Devils add an empty net goal for good measure. Casey DeSmith took the loss. He opposed Gilles Senn.
And for Binghamton…
Lineup: Essentially the Wheeling recalls Ryan Scarfo and Brandon Hawkins up front for Justin Almeida and Kasper Bjorkqvist and Michael Kim for P-O Joseph on defense. No Thomas DiPauli or Zach Trotman.
First Period: Penguins found themselves in familiar territory again as par for the course this young season, down two goals.
Brett Seney struck twice, his first coming just :39 into the period.
And then a few seconds into a power play that made it 2-0.
Too much standing around there on both goals.
The rest of the period was quiet. Penguins had a late power play where B-Devils Gilles Senn made a spectacular save on his side without his stuck that denied a few chances by the Penguins.
Highlight reel stuff.
Second Period: No scoring in the second. The only real activity happened here:
Penguins couldn’t get themselves out of second gear, taking two penalties in the period and not really calling Senn into heavy duty work.
Worth mentioning was the absence of defenseman Kevin Czuczman, who took a shot off the side of the head / ear area late in the first period, shook it off initially but was not seen at all for the second period.
Third Period: Binghamton has blown four two goal leads in the third period. They made sure that that didn’t happen tonight.
Andrew Agozzino busts up the Senn shutout bid with this nice connection with Niclas Almari that cut the Devils lead to one.
Oula Palve hit a post, but then Michael McLeod powers through Niclas Almari and reestablishes the two goal Devils lead on their first shot of the period.
The Penguins, needing anything to get something going and a bit of a Hail Mary, pull DeSmith with around three and a half minutes to play and ex-Penguin Ben Street, who was just named Captain of the Devils Wednesday, hits the empty net to secure the win for the home side.
Three Stars: 3) Joey Anderson (two assists) 2) Gilles Senn (20 saves) 1) Brett Seney (two goals)
The Good: Really a struggle here. I thought Oula Palve individually had more good than bad in a game that had a lot more bad than good.
The Bad: The starts. Going down 2-0 on the road is rough no matter who the opponent is and how much success you’ve had against them.
Turning Point: McLeod’s goal that re-established the Binghamton two goal lead took all the air out of the sails for the Penguins and sadly that was all she wrote.
Around the Division: North Division Rules tonight. Rochester crushes Hershey 5-1 in the only other game in the division Wednesday.
Standings: Hartford and Providence 11 – Hershey 9 – Penguins 7 – Lehigh Valley, Charlotte and Springfield 6 – Bridgeport 4.
Wheeling Update: Nailers were off.
San Antonio stops by for the first time in a decade. But for anything breaking between now and then, Gameday setup is yours on the blog Friday at 3.
Let’s Go Pens!