BINGHAMTON, N.Y. -- The Binghamton Senators used five straight goals and a hat trick by Jim O’Brien to down the Charlotte Checkers, 6-2, on Friday evening in upstate New York.
Binghamton goalie Barry Brust made 37 saves on 39 shots to win his eighth straight start as the Senators pulled to within two points of Charlotte in the East Division standings.
Brett Sutter and Jacob Micflikier scored for the Checkers, while Justin Pogge made 36 saves in a losing effort.
Binghamton opened the scoring, just 26 seconds into the game, when O’Brien grabbed a rebound in the defensive zone and converted on the breakaway.
The Checkers, however, had an answer and pulled even, 7:03 later, when Brett Sutter took a centering feed from Jacob Micflikier and fired it past Brust.
The game remained tied 1-1 for just three minutes before Ryan Keller restored Binghamton’s one-goal advantage. Keller took a pass from AHL leading scorer Corey Locke and buried it past Pogge.
Binghamton then went ahead 3-1, four minutes into the second, when Locke’s centering pass attempt ricocheted off a Checkers defender and in.
O’Brien would score two more to put the Senators ahead, 5-1, after 40 minutes. He fired a wrist shot into the upper corner of the net from the left-wing circle before completing the hat trick three minutes later on a breakaway.
Binghamton defenseman Eric Gryba put the game away midway through the third when he fired a one-timer into the back of the net. Charlotte would add a goal by Micflikier but it wasn’t enough as the Senators won, 6-2.