BRIDGEPORT – After building a 2-0 lead in the first period, the Binghamton Devils surrendered seven goals in a row in a 7-3 road loss to the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Wednesday morning in front of 7,808 at Webster Bank Arena.
The Devils built a 2-0 lead in the first period courtesy of Nick Lappin’s seventh of the year and John Quenneville’s first of the season. Colton White sent a shot through traffic on the power play that Lappin deflected by goaltender Jeremy Smith for the 1-0 lead. White and Pavel Zacha collected assists on the goal 9:47 into the game.
Quenneville’s goal came shorthanded after forcing a turnover on a Sound Tigers breakout attempt. Quenneville beat Smith after getting the pass from Blake Pietila for the shorthanded goal at 11:32 of the first for a 2-0 lead.
The Sound Tigers answered with three goals in the final 4:04 to take a 3-2 lead. Otto Koivula beat Eddie Lack with the extra skater on the ice on a delayed penalty to get Bridgeport on the board, trailing 2-1, with 4:04 left in the first period. Assists were credited to Sebastian Aho and Jeff Kubiak.
Travis St. Denis tied the game at two on the power play with only 0:52 left in the first frame. Steve Bernier fed St. Denis in the right wing circle and his one timer beat Lack on the glove side. Josh Ho-Sang also helped set up St. Denis’ fourth of the year to even the game, 2-2.
Kubiak got in on the scoring with only 0:32 left in the first. Koivula fed Kubiak from below the goal line and the one timer beat Lack from below the hash marks for a 3-2 lead. The goal was Kubiak’s first from Koivula and Stephen Gionta. Binghamton trailed 3-2 in goals and 15-6 in shots after one period.
The lone goal of the second period was put in by Chris Bourque on the power play. Off the offensive zone faceoff, Bourque put the shot through traffic and leat Lack on the blocker side for the two-goal lead. The Sound Tigers took that two-goal advantage into the third period along with a 29-13 shot advantage.
In the third period, Kieffer Bellows, St. Denis, and Michael Dal Colle each scored to give the Sound Tigers a 7-2 lead. After the seventh goal, Mackenzie Blackwood replaced Eddie Lack in net. Brandon Gignac made it a 7-3 score as he recorded a third-period goal on his birthday for his second of the year. Bridgeport score seven goal in a row for the 7-3 win. Lack stopped 27 of 33 while Smith stopped 17 of 20 for the win.
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