BRIDGEPORT 3, BINGHAMTON 2 (OT)
Greg Mauldin scored off a give-and-go with Jesse Joensuu at the 2:10 mark of overtime, giving Bridgeport a 3-2 win over Binghamton in a holiday matinee at the Arena at Harbor Yard.
Mauldin, who played for the Senators from 2007-09, roofed a shot over the shoulder of Mike Brodeur to give the Sound Tigers their fourth one-goal victory in as many outings to start the season. It was his second goal of the afternoon and his second of the year.
After a scoreless first period, Brian Lee got Binghamton on the board first when his shot through traffic found the net behind Scott Munroe just 61 seconds into the middle frame. Mauldin tied the score at 4:52, but Ryan Keller put the Sens back in front just 30 seconds later with his third goal of the campaign.
The lead held up until the 14:49 mark of the third period. Brett Westgarth‘s blast from the point hit Senators defenseman Craig Schira in the helmet and ricocheted to an open Trevor Smith, who buried it to make it 2-2.
Munroe finished with 29 saves for Bridgeport, while Brodeur stopped 26 shots for Binghamton.
ROCHESTER 4, SYRACUSE 1
Graham Mink’s first goal in a Rochester uniform broke a 1-1 tie at 10:10 of the third period and vaulted the Americans to a 4-1 win over visiting Syracuse on Monday at the Blue Cross Arena.
Fellow newcomer Jeff Taffe added a power play score of his own for insurance 4:23 after Mink’s goal, and Repik sealed the win with an empty-net marker with a minute to play.
Veteran forward Chris Taylor posted a goal and an assist in the victory, notching his first tally for the Amerks since he scored against Syracuse on Apr. 15, 2006, in the 2005-06 regular-season finale.
Amerks goaltender Alexander Salak stopped 30 of 31 shots in net to pick up the first win of his North American pro career.
Alexandre Picard initially gave the Crunch a 1-0 lead at 18:09 of the opening period, but Syracuse fell to 1-3-0-0 on the campaign, including 0-3-0-0 on the road.