MANCHESTER, NH – The American Hockey League's No. 1 power play team collected three more but also gave up three as the Manchester Monarchs fell to the Binghamton Senators 5-4 in overtime in front of 5,783 fans at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Sunday evening.
Manchester (3-3-1-0) is in fourth place in the Atlantic Division with seven points. Binghamton (3-4-0-2) moves into a tie for fourth place in the East Division with eight points.
The Senators drew the first penalty and the Monarchs capitalized on the man-advantage with right wing Lauri Tukonen's fifth goal of the season. Right wing Konstantin Pushkarev carried the puck along the far boards and passed it up to defenseman T.J. Kemp at the left point. Kemp sent a pass to Tukonen at the left face-off dot, who in turn swung around and fired a shot over Binghamton goaltender Kelly Guard to give the Monarchs a 1-0 lead at 4:17 of the first period.
Binghamton returned the gesture scoring on the Monarchs first penalty at 10:12 of the opening stanza. Left wing Arttu Luttinen fed the puck to center Josh Hennessy at the right doorstep of Monarchs goaltender Jason LaBarbera. Hennessy flipped the puck into the net for his fourth goal of the season.
Right wing Jeff Heerema tallied the Senators second power play goal at 11:29 of the middle frame. Right wing Ryan Vesce sent the puck toward the net and Heerema slid it around LaBarbera who dropped to his knees in an attempt to block the shot. Center Andrew Ebbett assisted on the goal.
Left wing Noah Clarke scored the fourth power play goal of the game at 13:41 of the second period off a rebound from right wing John Zeiler's shot from the bottom of the left face-off circle. Defenseman Eric Werner blasted a shot to Zeiler who was flipped around by the Senators' defense but managed to get a shot off. Clarke came flying down the right wing and scored a Michael Cammalleri style shot from one knee to give the Monarchs a one goal lead.
Left wing Petr Kanko scored his third of the season 14-seconds after Clarke's fifth goal of the season to bring the score to 3-2 in favor of the Monarchs. Clarke picked up the puck from right wing Mike Hoffman along the end boards and fed the streaking Kanko at the edge of the left face-off circle. Kanko flipped the puck into the open net as Guard dove in an effort to stop the shot.
The Senators would not go into the locker room down a goal as right wing Danny Bois scored an ugly goal with less than three minutes to play in the second period. Bois flipped the puck toward the net and the hard rubberized disk fluttered through the legs of right wing Tim Jackman and LaBarbera to even the game at three goals each. Heerema and defenseman Jamie Allison earned assists on the tying goal.
Rookie Kemp scored his first goal of the season at 9:56 of the third for the Monarchs third power play goal of the night. Tukonen sent the puck to defenseman Peter Harrold at the center point and Harrold redirected the pass to Kemp at the right face-off circle. Kemp's shot slipped through Guard's five-hole to bring the game to 4-3.
Binghamton would not leave quietly as they tied the game at 4-4 with Vesce's first goal of the season. LaBarbera stopped center Serge Payer's initial shot but Vesce was on the doorstep to blast the puck into the top of the net. Defenseman Andy Hedlund earned an assist on the goal.
Less than a minute into overtime, Hennessy scored on a two-on-one odd man rush with Ebbett for the game-winning goal.
LaBarbera took his third loss of the season with 31 saves on 36 shots. Guard earned his third win of the season stopping 22 shots.
Manchester went 3-for-6 on the power play. Binghamton was 3-for-5 with the man advantage.
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