SENS SCORE THREE STRAIGHT TO SKIP CHECKERS
Bailey scores first two goals of the season; Brust makes 31 saves in win
The Senators’ offense was fueled by Jason Bailey’s first two AHL goals of the season and a tally by Jim O’Brien. Barry Brust won for the fourth time this season against Charlotte by making 31 saves on 32 shots.
The Checkers jumped out to an early 1-0 lead when Matsumoto ripped a wrist shot short side during the first power-play opportunity of the game. Zac Dalpe started the play by sending a head-man pass to Bryan Rodney, who skated into Binghamton’s zone and drew two defenders in before dishing off to Matsumoto for the finish.
Charlotte held its lead until 5:30 of the second period when Bailey and Derek Grant each produced their first points as Senators this season to knot the score 1-1. The sequence originated when defenseman Cody Bass nixed a Charlotte clearing attempt and passed to Grant. Grant then attempted a shot that ricocheted off a Checkers defenseman onto the stick of Bailey, who slid a backhander between Pogge’s legs.
Binghamton increased its lead to 2-1, with 2:32 remaining in the second period, on O’Brien’s 18th of the season. O’Brien executed a forehand-to-backhand deke around a Charlotte defenseman and beat Pogge on the short-side with a backhander.
Bailey then finished the night’s scoring by adding his second goal at 4:55 of the third period when he beat Pogge over the shoulder.
The Checkers had a late 6-on-3 but couldn’t find the back of the net and lost for the first time at home since Feb. 15.
The Checkers (36-23-2-6) begin a four-game road trip on Wednesday night in Bridgeport at 7:00 p.m. The next game at Time Warner Cable Arena will be Mar. 22 when the Checkers entertain the Adirondack Phantoms at 7:00 p.m. For ticket information, call 704-342-4423 or visit gocheckers.com.
For every ‘like’ the Checkers get on their Facebook page between now and Apr. 1, the team will donate $2 to Zach Bennett and his family, who plan to move to Charlotte for better medical care. Visit www.gocheckers.com or head to www.facebook.com/charlottecheckers.
Zac Dalpe has points in two straight games and Bryan Rodney has assists in two of three games… Charlotte wins the season series with Binghamton 4-3-1-0…The Checkers are 23-15-2-5 against inner-division foes…Nick Dodge played his first game since Feb. 13.
Binghamton Senators 3 at Charlotte Checkers 1 – Status: Final
Saturday, March 12, 2011 – Time Warner Cable Arena
Binghamton 0 2 1 – 3
Charlotte 1 0 0 – 1
1st Period-1, Charlotte, Matsumoto 18 (Rodney, Dalpe), 3:02 (PP). Penalties-Locke Bng (slashing), 2:27; Bass Bng (fighting), 7:18; Herauf Cha (fighting), 7:18; Graham Cha (interference), 11:40; Dziurzynski Bng (goaltender interference), 16:23.
2nd Period-2, Binghamton, Bailey 1 (Grant, Bass), 5:30. 3, Binghamton, O’Brien 18 (Locke, Wiercioch), 17:28. Penalties-Dziurzynski Bng (holding), 11:13.
3rd Period-4, Binghamton, Bailey 2 (Bass, Benoit), 4:55. Penalties-Kinrade Bng (hooking), 8:15; Micflikier Cha (tripping), 9:14; Wick Bng (holding), 18:00; Brust Bng (delay of game), 18:19; Benoit Bng (hooking), 19:47.
Shots on Goal-Binghamton 11-7-9-27. Charlotte 10-8-14-32.
Power Play Opportunities-Binghamton 0 / 2; Charlotte 1 / 6.
Goalies-Binghamton, Brust 24-15-1 (32 shots-31 saves). Charlotte, Pogge 17-13-3 (27 shots-24 saves).
Referees-Chris Ciamaga (41).
Linesmen-Alex Stagnone (7), Mike Sheehan (90).