Hoffman scores four in Sens' win
(binghamtonsenators.com) -- Mike Hoffman had a career night with four goals and an assist as he led the Binghamton Senators to a 6-3 win over the Worcester Sharks at the DCU Centre on Wednesday night.
Jean-Gabriel Pageau chipped in on three of four of Hoffman’s tallies en route to a four-assist night while Cole Schneider added a goal and an assist to help Binghamton to their 28th victory of the season.
Hoffman became the fourth AHL player to score four goals in a game during the 2013-14 season.
Buddy Robinson struck first putting the B-Sens on the board 3:22 into the first period. Robinson broke through the defense and wristed the puck home for his eighth goal of the year giving Binghamton a 1-0 lead.
Hoffman scored his first goal of the night at the 9:08 mark of the first, stealing the puck from Dylan DeMelo in the Sharks zone and putting a shot over Harri Sateri’s shoulder to make the score 2-0.
Hoffman struck again less than three minutes later on a power play, as he one-timed a shot from the top of the face-off dot after receiving a cross-ice pass from Pageau.
The second period brought troubles for the Sens penalty kill unit as they gave up two man-advantage goals. The first Sharks power-play goal came from Travis Oleksuk at the 6:45 mark, followed by Konrad Abeltshauser striking almost seven minutes later. The remaining time in the second proved scoreless as Binghamton went to the locker room with a 3-2 lead.
Schneider notched his 15th goal of the season to add to the B-Sens lead less than four minutes into the period on a power play. Schneider tipped in a shot from Hoffman 3:38 into the period to bring Sens lead to 4-2.
Exactly four minutes later, Tyler Gron cut the lead to 4-3 after sending home a loose puck that beat Nathan Lawson between his pads.
Hoffman put home his third of the night upstairs on Sateri at the 9:28 mark after Pageau fed him a pass on a two-on-one rush down the ice, and at the 13:30 mark of the third Hoffman tied a franchise record putting home his fourth goal of the night.
Lawson, making his first appearance since leaving Binghamton's January 11 game due to injury, stopped 26 of 29 shots faced while Sateri ended with 22 saves on 28 shots.
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