LAVAL, QUE. – Despite a hat trick from John Quenneville, the Binghamton Devils fell in overtime to the Laval Rocket in a wild one, 8-7, on Saturday night in front of 6,295 at Place Bell.
Ben Thomson started the 15-goal game at 5:48 of the opening period as he buried a loose puck in front of Laval netminder Charlie Lindgren. The goal was assisted by Brian Strait and Binghamton led 1-0 in the first frame.
Immediately after, Laval’s Chris Terry scored his first of the night on the power play with assists from Nikita Scherbak and Matt Taormina to even the score, 1-1, just 6:28 into the game.
Both side traded five more goals in the opening period and the Devils led 4-3 after 20 minutes of action. Binghamton’s Quenneville, Michael Kapla, and Jacob MacDonald all tallied goals while Laval’s Daniel Carr and Terry each responded as well.
The scoring continued in the second period as Quenneville scored his second of the night at 5:18 with assists from Yaroslav Dyblenko and Tim Kennedy to put the Devils up 5-3.
Joe Blandisi added to the lead as he moved right around the defense and cut to the front of the net beating Lindgren for a 6-3 Devils’ lead. The goal by Blandisi was assisted by Nick Lappin and MacDonald and forced Laval to make a goaltending change as Lindgren was replaced by Zachary Fucale.
After the change in net, the Rocket came back with a pair of goals to make it a one-goal game once again. Carr put in his second of the night at 8:20 and Terry notched the hat trick at 13:21 to cut Binghamton’s lead to 6-5.
After Terry’s hat trick, Quenneville scored his third of the night just 25 seconds later to give Binghamton another two-goal lead. Quenneville’s third of the night had helpers from Kennedy and Josh Jacobs to put the Devils up 7-5.
Late in the same period, Laval’s Taormina fired in a power-play goal with 5:25 left to bring the Rocket back within a goal. Binghamton held a 7-6 lead heading into the final period of action while outshooting Laval through 40 minutes, 27-18.
After no scoring through most of the third period, Daniel Audette cashed in late on a power play to even the game and eventually force overtime with just 2:25 to go in regulation. The lone assist on the game-tying goal was given to Byron Froese and both sides collected a point in a 7-7 game that went to extra time.
In the extra time, Carr scored the hat trick as he went around the outside and cut to the net beating Mackenzie Blackwood under the left leg pad for the 8-7 victory.
Lindgren stopped 16 of 22 while Fucale denied nine of 10 shots in the victory. Blackwood was credited with the loss stopping 21 of 29.
The Binghamton Devils finish the series in Laval tomorrow afternoon at 3 p.m. before returning home next Saturday, October 21, against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at 7:05 p.m. inside Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena. Fans can get a discounted ticket and help support local non profits on Miracles on Ice Night! Call the Devils’ front office at 607-733-7367 for more information.
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