The St. John's IceCaps suffered their first loss on home ice this season, coming out as losers in a 5-4 game vs the Binghamton Senators.
After a goal-less first period, Newfoundland native Colin Greening opened the scoring at 1:41 of the second frame, on a short-handed goal. Greening's goal came on a weak shot from a bad angle that beat IceCaps' goaltender Dustin Tokarski.
Just six minutes later, it was the home team who equalized on the powerplay. Bud Holloway stripped the Binghamton defensemen of the puck just below the circle before walking out front and lifting it over the blocker of Sens' goalie Chris Driedger.
IceCaps captain Gabriel Dumont then scored his first and second goals of the season, within a 10-minute span, putting his team up 3-1. Both goals were of a fluky variety, but that seemed to be the common theme in the game.
It was then time for former IceCaps fan favourite, Eric O'Dell, to add his name to the score sheet. The long-haired scored in the last minute of the period, pulling the Senators within one heading to the break. It didn't take long for the action to start in the third period. Defenseman Darren Dietz scored his first of the season on a point shot that beat a screened Driedger.
Halfway through the period, IceCaps rookie forward Nikita Scherbak took a delay of game penalty, after an attempt to clear the puck sailed over the glass. The Senators struck just 15 seconds into the PP on a goal from Matt Puempel, giving the team new life and bringing the score to 4-3. It was then only a matter of time.
Travis Ewanyk scored the tying goal for Binghamton on a deflection in front of Tokarski with just over three minutes to play in regulation. Tokarski looked visibly angry at allowing the two late goals.
Fans in Newfoundland got their first taste of 3-on-3 OT this season, but it was short-lived. Just 1:35 in, Senators defensman Fredrik Claesson received the puck at the point, before skating along the boards behind the IceCaps goal, and banking a shot in off the shaky Tokarski, giving the Sens a 5-4 win and the extra point.
1. Gabriel Dumont
2. Colin Greening
3. Fredrik Claesson
Dustin Tokarski (32 of 37)
Chris Driedger (24 of 28)
IceCaps forwards Bud Holloway (goal) and Christian Thomas (assist) both extended their point streaks to 3 games.
Senators forward Colin Greening recorded a Gordie Howe hat trick.
The two teams face each other again on Wednesday night, at Mile One Centre.