It was a game that had trouble getting traction. Marred with penalties and missed opportunities, the Albany Devils weren’t allowed to catch their breath and hence couldn’t catch up to the Binghamton Senators Wednesday night. The disrupted flow caused by a barrage of penalties saw some Albany fans summon their inner Jim Schoenfeld in voicing their displeasure toward referee Jamie Koharski in the Devils 3-0 loss to the Senators.
Bingo got on the board early in the first with Roman Wick’s fifth goal past keeper Mike McKenna. Mid-way through the first the B-Sens cashed in on one of those extra-man opportunities off the stick of Geoff Kinrade for his fourth. Finally in the second Binghamton Captain Ryan Keller capped off the scoring with his 16th. The Senators had another goal waived off in the second as well. Bingo backstop Barry Brust stoned all 26 Devils shots sent his way for the shutout win, his fifth of the year.
The evening of touchy calls resulted in a night of nine power-plays for the Senators and six for the Devils. Albany Coach Rick Kowalsky tried valiantly to find the right combinations to break through for a goal, in addition to finding ways to keep his various units fresh enough to get the Devils offense started.
With the loss the Devils four-game winning streak has come to an end and they now stand eleven points back of the Senators for the final Eastern Conference playoff spot.