BINGHAMTON, NY – The Binghamton Senators evened the series against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins with a 4-3 OT win Saturday night. Stephane Da Costa notched his second of two goals 11:07 into the overtime period to complete the B-Sens comeback and send series to Wilkes-Barre tied 1-1.
Chuck Kobasew scored 4:51 into the opening period to give the Penguins the early 1-0 lead.
Just past the nine minute mark of the frame, Chris Wideman ripped a shot from the high slot on the power play to even the score 1-1.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton retook the lead less than two minutes later when Tom Kostopoulos buried a feed from Mike Carman to take the 2-1 lead into the first intermission.
The Penguins built their lead to 3-1 less than 2 minutes into the second period when Carman slapped home a puck that took an awkward bounce behind the B-Sens net. The puck was sent around the end boards which then caught a referee’s skate and careened to the left of Andrew Hammond. Hammond never saw the puck and Carman lifted it into the open net.
Da Costa scored Binghamton’s second power-play goal of the night 16:34 into the second to cut the Penguins lead to 3-2 heading into the locker room.
Binghamton’s momentum carried over into the final period of regulation as Mark Stone evened the score at 3-3 just 23 seconds in.
After skating to a stalemate the rest of regulation, the game went to overtime for the second time in as many nights. Each team garnered great scoring opportunities, but Da Costa’s shot from the right wing circle was the lone puck to find the back of the net giving the hosts the overtime victory.
Stone scored a goal and three assists to go along with Da Costa’s pair to lead the B-Sens offensively. Hammond stopped 23 of 26 shots faced for his first professional playoff victory. Peter Mannino turned aside 24 of 28 in a losing effort.
Games 3 and 4 will be played at the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins home in the Mohegan Sun Arena. Fans can purchase tickets for the games in Wilkes-Barre by calling (570) 208-7367.
If needed, the B-Sens will return home to host Game 5 on Monday, May 5, at 7:05p.m. Ticket information will be released next week.