Third period: Senators 7, Phantoms 4
The Phantoms pressured through third period, firing 17 shots at Bishop. They could not get it done, however.
Instead, it was Binghamton that scored twice in ten seconds in the final 61 seconds of the game to seal the win.
Derek Grant stepped in front of Danny Syvret to grab the puck and head down the ice for the empty-netter with 1:01 to play. Jakob Silfverberg tallied another ten seconds later, catching Heeter off-balance.
Second period: Senators 5, Phantoms 4
Marc-Andre Bourdon scored his first goal of the season at 6:11 to pull the Phantoms back within one goal. The shot came from the left faceoff circle on a power play set up by the Senators' too many men on the ice.
About three minutes later, Zolnierczyk tied it up. He emerged from the box (after a slashing penalty), grabbed the puck and raced down the ice, beating everyone. Bishop came out to cut off Zolnericzyk's angle, but he just went around the goaltender and scored on the empty net behind him.
The tie did not last, however. Binghamton took the lead again with 5:29 to play in the period. The Phantoms poked the puck away from a couple Senators, but couldn't get it away from the net and Mark Stone scored.
The Phantoms out-shot the Senators 16-12 in the frame and 32-19 overall.
First period: Senators 4, Phantoms 2
Special teams was the name of the game in the first period. The Senators scored a short-handed goal and two power-play goals (on only 10 seconds of power play time).
Pat Cannone put Binghamton up 2:01 into the game and he split the Phantoms defense and then took off on a short breakaway.
About four minutes later, Andre Benoit scored the first short-handed goal. Ben Bishop was called for tripping with 11 seconds left on Hugh Jessiman's roughing penalty. Couturier took a shot from the slot that was blocked as Jessiman left the box. Jessiman and Benoit broke out in a two-on-one as Couturier tried to catch up. Couturier bit and dove to block Jessiman's potential shot. Jessiman sent it over to Benoit who had an open shot on the left side of the net.
Rob Bordson got one back for the Phantoms with his third goal in four games. He pulled a spin move on goaltender Ben Bishop and beat him glove side at 8:28.
Zac Rinaldo took the Phantoms' first penalty at 11:40 for unsportsmanlike conduct. Six seconds into the resulting power play, Mike Hoffman put the Senators back up by two.
The Phantoms responded again. Couturier got the puck behind the net and passed up to Jason Akeson off the left post. Akeson took a shot and Harry Zolnierczyk jumped on the rebound and scored.
With 3:02 to play, McGinn careened into Bishop after having his stick slashed out of his hands. Bishop flopped and Mark Borowiecki rushed to his goalie's defense. He and McGinn dropped the gloves and when it was all said and done McGinn had a fighting major, a roughing minor and a goalie interference minor. Bishop was called for embellishment and Borowiecki had a fighting major.
This time it was four seconds into the power play that Benoit scored for the Senators. At that point, Cal Heeter entered the game for Scott Munroe.
Bishop took three penalties in the period: tripping, embellishment and unsportsmanlike conduct.
The last time these two teams met a line brawl broke out. The Phantoms are looking to bounce back from a 3-2 loss on Wednesday that ended their three-game winning streak.
Phantoms defensive pairings:
Phantoms goaltender: Scott Munroe
Phantoms scratches: Mike Testwuide, Matt Ford, Matt Mangene (injury), Jeff Dimmen, Zack FitzGerald