Phil Varone must be a happy man tonight!
For the first time since the trade went down between the two rivals, the Binghamton Jason Akeson (3a) and Jerome Leduc (1g) all ended up smelling like roses against their former team, while Cole Schneider (-3), Eric O'Dell (-4), Alex Guptil (0) and Mike Sdao (1a) saw their modest four game win streak come to a close.simply ran the Rochester Americans into the ground in coming up with a 6-1 victory at Blue Cross Arena. Varone (1g, 3a),
Varone got the party started for Binghamton at 13:12 in the opening period scoring his 10th of the season. The wily vet was able to bury the puck past goaltender Nathan Lieuwen after Casey Bailey lobbed it through some traffic in front, with Akeson picking up the secondary assist as all three crashed the net.
It was Bailey who added one 40 seconds into the middle frame with Akeson feeding him from the wall that led up to his slapper from the top of the circle for a two goal Sens lead. Amerks rookie forward Nick Baptiste cut the lead in half with a wrist shot from inside the blueline that beat goaltender Chris Driedger rather cleanly stick side.
Max McCormick would close out the scoring in the second with a beautiful power play tally with some nice, crisp tic-tac-toe passing involving Kyle Flanagan to Varone to McCormick, as he had an open net to shoot upon.
Borkowski scored his first professional goal after he received a McCormick pass in his skates on an odd man rush, and quickly dispensed the puck glove side into the cage to complete the scoring, sending the home fans to the streets with their chances of making the playoffs at risk.
POST GAME NOTES
- With this performance now behind them, next weekend's game features the same two teams in Binghamton on Saturday. Should be interesting with the Amerks looking for revenge with the four ex-Senators in the line-up.
Another three game weekend coming up with the first two taken place in Binghamton. On Friday, it's the Syracuse Crunch followed by the Amerks on Saturday.