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Slow start drowns B-Sens in lopsided loss to Whale

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The Binghamton Senators missed another chance to move to the top of the East Division and the Eastern Conference on Sunday afternoon, losing a 6-1 decision to the Connecticut Whale at the XL Center Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Marc Cheverie started in net for Binghamton and the Whale came out firing, scoring two goals in the first 8:17 of the contest. Andrew Yogan and Christian Thomas ended the day with two goals each for Connecticut.

Benn Ferriero got things started for the home team when he sent a backhander by Cheverie at the 4:04 mark, making it 1-0.

Just over four minutes later, the Whale added to their lead when Yogan put one over the glove hand of a downed Cheverie, extending the lead to 2-0.

When all was said and done, the Whale scored on two of their first five shots. They had a total of 13 for the period, while Binghamton managed only five shots against Connecticut goaltender Cameron Talbot.

Binghamton’s Stephane Da Costa went to the dressing room during the second of three power-play chances in the first period, but he returned action in the second period.

Things went from bad to worse for the B-Sens in the second period, as the Whale scored a hat trick in the middle period.

Thomas scored 7:17 into the period when Cheverie made the original save of a Kelsey Tessier shot that bounded off of Cheverie and onto the stick of Thomas, who banged it home to make it 3-0.

Yogan scored his second of the day 39 seconds later on a deflected shot that Cheverie had no chance on and just like that, it was 4-0 in favor of the Whale.

Thomas would score his second of the day just minutes after Yogan, at the 14:26 mark. He rocketed one past Cheverie from the left circle to give Connecticut a commanding 5-0 cushion.

Mark Stone broke up the shutout bid when Da Costa picked up a rebound and passed to Stone, who put it home to cut the lead to 5-1, with 3:42 left in the period. Mike Hoffman earned the second assist, his third point in as many games since his return from injury on Friday. He has a four game point streak overall, as does Stone. Da Costa has points in four of five.

Defenseman Mark Borowiecki dropped the gloves with Andrew Carroll with 3:11 left, hoping to light a fire under the listless B-Sens.

Binghamton was outshot 15-12 in the period and 28-17 overall as the third period commenced.

Brandon Segal scored his 20th goal of the season for Connecticut at the 6:12 mark of the third, giving his team a 6-1 lead.

Binghamton did close the gap in the final shots, 35-31 but Connecticut was in control from the opening face-off.

For more info: Binghamton @ Connecticut game report

The B-Sens (39-20-1-5) return to action Wednesday night with a road game against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at 7:05 p.m.

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