The Binghamton Senators scored two goals in the final 3:35 of the third period on Sunday at Hershey, to steal a 3-2 victory at Giant Center in front of a stunned crowd of 10,367.
With his team down 2-1, Shane Prince beat Phillip Grubauer on the power-play to tie things up with 3:37 to go in regulation. Derek Grant followed that with the game-winner with a scant 2.3 seconds left on the clock, giving Binghamton the come-from-behind victory.
The first half of the opening period was a bit slow, as both teams were playing their third game in three days.
Hershey looked to get things going, when they went on the power-play with 10:01 left in the period. Prince picked up a hooking call for Binghamton and goaltender Marc Cheverie made a decent save early in the man-down. That save opened the door for the dangerous Binghamton penalty killers to go to work.
The combination of Corey Cowick and Jean-Gabriel Pageau has been on fire as of late and they continued to roll, as Cowick led a 2-on-0 break. He raced in on Hershey goaltender Grubauer and got him to move, just as he passed to Pageau, who tapped it in and gave Binghamton a 1-0 lead.
The goal was Binghamton’s 16th shorthanded goal of the season, adding to their AHL-leading total.
For Pageau, it was his fourth point in the last four games, while Cowick has five in the same span.
Binghamton earned a power-play in the period as well, when Garrett Mitchell went to the box for slashing, with 17:37 gone in the period. Hershey had the best chance in that sequence as Jonathon Kalinski sped away on a breakaway and went one-on-one with Cheverie. The B-Sens goaltender came out to cut down the angle and Kalinski shot it right into his glove hand.
The first period would end with Binghamton holding the 1-0 lead and a 9-8 shots advantage as well.
The home team got things going in the second period, as they scored twice in the period. Peter LeBlanc banked one in from the side of the net with 15:37 left. Just 3:04 later, the Bears got a power-play tally from Casey Wellman, who went top-shelf on a partially screened Cheverie.
Hershey doubled up the B-Sens shot total in the period, 18-9 and held a 26-18shot advantage through two periods. They were ahead on the scoreboard as well, 2-1.
Binghamton came in with a 2-15 record when trailing after 40 minutes and Hershey was an impressive 20-0-2-2. The B-Sens were hoping to buck the trend, but it wasn’t easy.
Grubauer did his best to keep those records intact, playing well for much of the third period. He absolutely robbed Grant with just over eight minutes to go in the game with a big save and then stopped two good chances off the stick of Pat Cannone with 4:53 left.
Binghamton’s fortunes took a turn for the better when Ryan Stoa picked up a tripping call with 3:43 to go. The B-Sens needed just six seconds of that power-play to tie the game, as Brett Lebda passed to Shane Prince, who beat Grubauer, tying the game 2-2.
Hershey would again shoot themselves in the foot when Patrick McNeill was sent off for slashing with 2:03 left.
With the power-play winding down, Grant took a pass from Cannone and actually whiffed on his first attempt, but he had time to take another whack and beat a downed Grubauer.
The goal came just as the power-play expired, but B-Sens play-by-play genius Grady Whittenburg said that McNeill had just put his foot down on the ice.
That dramatic goal gave Binghamton their third win in three days and 11 of a maximum 12 points over the last two weekends. They now have 78 points, one shy of the East Division leading Syracuse Crunch.
Game notes: Binghamton coach Luke Richardson told @BSensradio that Mark Borowiecki pulled a muscle during last night's win over Rochester. It is not believed to be serious but he did not play in the game at Hershey. Binghamton signed Kyle Bushee to a PTO earlier in the day to fill the void.
Next up for the B-Sens, (36-17-1-5) is a trip to Rochester Wednesday night, to play the final game of the eight game season series. Game time is 7:05 p.m.
Game highlights courtesy of SendToNews and the Hershey Bears.