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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – For the second night in a row the Charlotte Checkers and Binghamton Senators needed extra time to declare a winner and Charlotte prevailed, 3-2, to earn three of a possible four points on its current road trip.
Jerome Samson led the way for the Checkers with two goals, while defenseman Casey Borer scored the overtime game winner. Justin Pogge stopped 36 of 38 shots in the Charlotte net for his first win of the season.
Binghamton opened the scoring just over three minutes into the game on an unlucky play for Charlotte. The puck was dumped in and bounced off the glass to the high slot. Defenseman Bobby Sanguinetti attempted to clear it but it ended up on the stick of Senators defenseman Derek Smith. Smith then fired a wrist shot which was tipped by Ryan Keller past Pogge.
The Checkers battled back and applied much pressure in the second half of the period, throwing 10 straight shots at Brust, but the former Los Angeles Kings netminder stood strong and kept it a 1-0 game.
Charlotte carried the momentum into the second period and immediately went on the attack. Oskar Osala had a point blank chance on the first shot of the period but Brust moved quickly across the crease and stopped it with his left pad.
The hard work would pay off, however, as the Checkers pulled even, early in the period. Samson carried the puck over the blueline, made a drag move to use the defenseman as a screen and beat Brust on the far side with a wrist shot to make it a 1-1 game. The goal came at the 2:08 mark and Riley Nash picked up his first ever professional point with an assist.
With less than seven minutes to play in the period, Samson made it a 2-1 game with his second of the night. Nash fed a pass across the slot over to Samson, who beat Brust with a wrist shot over the glove.
Brust made another impressive save with three minutes left in the period as he slid across the crease and robbed Samson with his glove to spoil the hat trick.
Early in the third period, the Senators tied the game when Bobby Butler, who scored yesterday’s overtime winner, potted his fifth goal of the season. Butler skated off the left-wing boards to the high slot and ripped a shot past a screened Pogge.
Pogge stopped a late chance by Binghamton leading scorer Corey Locke and the two teams prepared for overtime.
Early in the extra frame, Zach Boychuk carried the puck around the net and fed Borer, who streaked in from the blue line and blasted a slap shot between the legs of Brust for the 3-2 victory.
The Checkers (3-6-1) will return home on Tuesday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. to host the Portland Pirates, the AHL affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres. Ticket information can be obtained by calling 704-342-4423 or visiting www.gocheckers.com.
Notes: Forward Zach Boychuk is on a four-game point streak (3g, 2a)…Boychuk (5g, 4a), Jerome Samson (6g, 3a) and Jon Matsumoto (3g, 6a) all lead the Checkers with nine points…Jerome Samson has the league lead with 62 shots on goal.
Charlotte Checkers 3 (OT) at Binghamton Senators 2 - Status: Unofficial Final
Saturday, October 30, 2010 - Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
Charlotte 0 2 0 1 - 3
Binghamton 1 0 1 0 - 2
1st Period-1, Binghamton, Keller 4 (Smith, Locke), 3:25 (PP). Penalties-Carson Cha (tripping), 1:46; Lessard Bng (unsportsmanlike conduct), 17:32.
2nd Period-2, Charlotte, Samson 5 (Nash, Micflikier), 2:08. 3, Charlotte, Samson 6 (Nash), 13:37. Penalties-Micflikier Cha (tripping), 5:45; Daugavins Bng (hooking), 18:09.
3rd Period-4, Binghamton, Butler 5 (Hoffman, Schira), 3:41. Penalties-Boychuk Cha (slashing), 1:25; Benoit Bng (interference), 4:35; Boychuk Cha (tripping), 5:19; Micflikier Cha (goaltender interference), 9:16; Matsumoto Cha (boarding), 14:24.
OT Period-5, Charlotte, Borer 1 (Boychuk), 1:23. Penalties-No Penalties
Shots on Goal-Charlotte 20-14-10-2-46. Binghamton 11-11-16-0-38.
Power Play Opportunities-Charlotte 0 / 3; Binghamton 1 / 6.
Goalies-Charlotte, Pogge 0-4-0 (38 shots-36 saves). Binghamton, Brust 3-2-1 (46 shots-43 saves).
Referees-Mark Lemelin (84).
Linesmen-John Everett (82), Jameel Chaudry (51).