Zack Smith scored twice and Robin Lehner made 41 saves as the Binghamton Senators defeated the Houston Aeros 4-2 in Game 5 of the American Hockey League's Calder Cup final Saturday night.
The Sens lead the series 3-2 with the series shifting to Houston for Game 6 Tuesday and Game 7 Thursday, if necessary.
In the 75-year history of the AHL, the team that breaks a series tie with a Game 5 victory has gone on to hoist the Cup 18 of 19 times.
Smith scored a power-play goal with 8.5 seconds left in the second period to break a 2-2 tie. Ryan Potulny gathered a rebound in the slot with his back to the goal and shoved a pass to Smith, who muscled a puck past goalie Matt Hackett from the left post.
Smith tacked on another goal with 4:04 to go in the game, taking a pass from Jim O'Brien on the rush and wristing a shot past Hackett.
Houston winger Jean-Michel Daoust also scored twice, erasing a pair of Binghamton leads in the first period.
The Sens went up 1-0 when Andre Benoit looped from the right point to left faceoff dot and found Corey Locke at the far post for a tap-in goal at 9:19.
About two minutes later, Houston's fourth line worked the puck down low until the five-foot-eight Daoust popped out at the left post and got a shot past Lehner.
Binghamton took a 2-1 lead when Erik Condra blocked a Jared Spurgeon shot, took off on a breakaway and slipped a backhand between Hackett's pads at 12:17.
Daoust tied the score again at the tail end of a power play with 6.3 seconds left in the period, tapping in a Marco Scandella pass from the left faceoff circle at the far post.
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