TORONTO - Stephane Da Costa and Shawn Prince each had a goal and an assist as the Binghamton Senators defeated the Toronto Marlies 4-2 in American Hockey League action Saturday afternoon.
Frederik Claesson and Pat Cannone also scored for Binghamton (33-17-5), which moved within three points of the East Division- and Eastern Conference-leading Syracuse, pending the Crunch’s game against the Rochester Americans.
Greg McKegg and Jerry D’Amigo replied for Toronto (28-19-6), which remains in first place in the North Division, but could fall as low as third by the end of the day if the Abbotsford Heat and Lake Erie Monsters win their games Saturday evening.
Toronto scored the first goal of the game at 6:47 on its second shot. Binghamton goalie Marc Cheverie stopped Jamie Devane’s shot, but the puck remained in front of his left pad and McKegg hacked away at it until he pushed it past Cheverie.
Centre Sam Carrick (Toronto’s 144th overall draft pick in 2010) assisted on the goal for his first point in his first game as a Marlie. He’d been playing with the Idaho Steelheads of the ECHL this season before being called up.
But the lead didn’t last long. Da Costa took a long pass by Brett Lebda from the Senators’ zone, then went in alone on Toronto's goalie Jussi Rynnas and beat him with a backhand deke to tie the game at 10:11.
Binghamton then took the lead late in the period off a faceoff. The Senators won the draw and Claesson simply floated a wrist shot on the goal that beat Rynnas through a screen.
Toronto controlled the play in the second period, outshooting Binghamton 13-3, but couldn’t put one past Cheverie.
In the third period, Cannone made it 3-1 for the Senators when he took a pass on the high slot and wristed it by Rynnas’ glove hand at 5:52.
Just over two minutes later, Prince made it 4-1 on the power play when he snapped a shot through Rynnas from the top of the left circle. That prompted Marlies head coach, Dallas Eakins to pull Rynnas, who allowed four goals on just 17 shots, for Mark Owuya.
D’Amigo gave Toronto some life with a power-play goal at 12:21.
Eakins then pulled Owuya, who stopped all three shots he faced in relief, with about three minutes to play, but the Marlies couldn’t get any closer.
Cheverie made 25 saves for his third win of the season.
Ledba had a pair of assists for the Senators.
Notes: The 3:58 between goals is the only time the Marlies led in three games against the Senators this season. The Senators won the first two games, both in Binghamton by scores of 3-2 and 4-2, and never trailed in either game. ... This season, Toronto has a record of 19-9-3 in 2012, but is just 9-10-3 in 2013. ... Centre Tim Connolly sat out his second straight game due to injury. ... Announced attendance was 5,622.