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Overtime triumph keeps B-Sens season alive

by Rob Brodie / Ottawa Senators
Kaspars Daugavins scored at 6:38 of overtime to give the Binghamton Senators a 5-4 victory over the Manchester Monarchs on Friday night, forcing Game 6 on Friday in New Hampshire (Just Sports Photography).

They're not quite dead yet.

With their season on the line, the Binghamton Senators simply wouldn't be denied, rallying from behind to edge the Manchester Monarchs 5-4 in overtime. A power-play goal by Kaspars Daugavins 6:38 into the extra period sent the crowd of 2,039 at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena home in a celebratory mood.

The result closes the Monarchs' edge to 3-2 in the best-of-seven American Hockey League Atlantic Division semifinal series. Game 6 is set for Friday night at the Verizon Wireless Arena in Manchester, N.H. (7 p.m., Team 1200, If a seventh game is needed, it would be played Saturday in Manchester.

Until tonight, the Monarchs were a perfect 3-0-0 in games played in Binghamton this season, includes wins in the previous two games in this series. And for much of the night, it seemed the visitors were going to close out a hard-fought affair in which four of five games have now been decided by one goal — three of them in overtime.

Cody Bass gave the B-Sens an early 1-0 edge at the 5:52 of the first period, but it was an uphill battle for the home side the rest of the night. Viatcheslav Voynov and Ray Kaunisto scored 2:10 apart late in the first period, giving Manchester a 2-1 lead through 20 minutes.

Just 5:32 into the second period, Bobby Butler notched his second goal of the playoffs to pull Binghamton even at 2-2. But Kauvisto struck again at the 17:00 mark, sending the Monarchs into the third period with a one-goal edge — and B-Sens 20 minutes away from elimination.

Ryan Potulny, however, wasn't about to let that happen. Binghamton's playoff scoring hero twice brought the B-Sens back from one-goal deficits in the third period to force overtime. He evened the score at 3-3 at the 3:08 mark, but David Meckler had the Monarchs back in front less than two minutes later.

With 4:34 left in regulation time, Potulny notched his seventh goal of the series to force overtime. That goal and Daugavins' overtime winner were both scored on the power play, which worked at 33 per cent efficiency (3-for-9) for the B-Sens when it mattered the most.

Robin Lehner made his professional playoff debut in goal for Binghamton and turned aside 30-of-34 shots he faced. Jeff Zatkoff stopped 37 shots in the Manchester net.

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