The Belleville Senators opened a three goal lead and survived a late push-back to beat the Binghamton Devils on Wednesday.
The B-Sens picked up a 4-3 victory at Yardmen Arena and get back to the .500 mark, with a 6-6-0-1 record.
Jim O’Brien netted his third and fourth goals of the season, to bookend the Belleville scoring, while Max McCormick banged in a rebound off a Jordan Murray shot for his second of the year.
Colin White also used some slick hands to pull a puck from behind the goal line and tuck it past Ken Appleby in the Binghamton net, for his first of the campaign.
White tells Quinte News the team stuck to its systems, opening up some more offensive chances.
Viktor Loov scored in the second period for the Devils and Ben Thomson and Nick Lappin had third period markers to keep it close, but Belleville was able to hold off the Binghamton charge to the final buzzer.
Coach Kurt Kleinendorst told media after the game, he felt the score didn’t indicate how well his team played and they stuck to his game plan from start to finish.
The coach also gave credit to Andrew Hammond who got beat by a couple of bad bounces but made 25 saves, after a whirlwind few days, that saw his rights get traded to the Colorado Avalanche.
Hammond says he wasn’t bothered by the trade because Colorado made it clear he would be staying in Belleville for now, which he’s happy about.
The B-Sens, who continue to be banged up with injuries, will have a light skate Thursday and Coach Kleinendorst says they’ll put in some work on special teams, after allowing a power play goal against them and not scoring on four man-advantage chances of their own.
Next action for Belleville is on Friday and Saturday, when they welcome the division rival Rochester Americans to the Yardmen.
Game time is 7:00 p.m. both nights with pre-game coverage both nights on 800 CJBQ starting at 6:50 p.m.
You can click here for the full box score from Wednesday’s game.