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Monarchs stun B-Sens in OT, regain series lead

by Rob Brodie / Ottawa Senators
B-Sens forward Bobby Butler looks on during a break in the action in Game 3 of their AHL Atlantic Division semifinal against the Manchester Monarchs in Binghamton, N.Y. (Just Sports Photography).

The Manchester Monachs keep making themselves right at home at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.

Bud Holloway scored his third goal of the night just 1:43 into overtime as the Monarchs spoiled the Binghamton Senators' first home playoff game in six years with a 5-4 come-from-behind victory on Sunday night. The result gave Manchester a 2-1 lead in their best-of-seven Atlantic Division semifinal.

Since the start of the 2006-07 season, the Monarchs are 5-1-0 in games played in Binghamton, including a 4-3 loss in their only meeting at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena during the regular season. But for 20 minutes, at least, a repeat of that result hardly seemed in order.

Andre Benoit, Roman Wick on the power play, and Colin Greening all scored goals in the first period, staking the B-Sens to a 3-0 lead and chasing Jeff Zatkoff from the Manchester net, to the delight of 3,229 spectators in Binghamton.

But the tide began to turn just past the midway point of the second period, when Holiday beat B-Sens netminder Barry Brust for his first of the night. He stuck again later in the period, cutting the Binghamton edge to 3-2.

Bobby Butler restored a two-goal edge at the 7:44 mark of the third, beating Martin Jones on the power play. But less than two minutes later, it was 4-3 as Jake Muzzin hit the back of the net with the Monarchs enjoying a man advantage. Derek King squared matters at the 11:50 mark, forcing overtime for a second straight game.

While Derek Grant was the overtime hero for the B-Sens on Friday night in Manchester, this time it was the Monarchs' turn, with Holiday doing the honours.

"It was little mistakes," Binghamton head coach Kurt Kleinendorst said in summing up the outcome. "It was not managing the clock, not managing the score. It wasn't being smart enough when we had a two-goal lead in the third period. We scored a power-play goal when we needed it. We just didn't play the right way after we got that."

Game 4 is set for Tuesday in Binghamton (7:05 p.m. Team 1200, ahllive.com), where Game 5 will also be played the following evening (7:05 p.m., Team 1200, ahllive.com).

Around the boards

Zack Smith assisted on three of the four Binghamton goals, while Butler and Benoit enjoyed two-point nights ... Blueliner Mark Borowiecki rejoined the B-Sens on an amateur tryout agreement and was in the lineup for Game 3 ... Binghamton outshot Manchester 33-32, including an 18-11 edge in the first period.


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