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Binghamton Rangers

1990 - 1997

American Hockey League (AHL)

Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena

Simply Smashing: 5 Goals

January 26, 1991

Paul Stuart, Staff Writer

Guy Larose left ‘em screaming—and virtually speechless.

What else could be said?  In his debut with Binghamton, Larose tied a franchise record with five goals, leading the Rangers to a 9-1 romp over the Adirondack Red Wings Friday night.

It sent the crowd of 4,611 at the Broome County Veterans Memorial into a frenzy.

Acquired from Moncton in a trade for Rudy Poeschek on Tuesday, Larose had not scored a goal since Nov. 17.

He has 19 now.  Larose had sat out the last six games in Moncton while awaiting a trade.  He was scoreless in seven games with the National Hockey League parent club in Winnipeg in December.

Larose’s reaction to the spree?

“Everything was going in,” he Larose, who scored on five of his seven shots on goal.  “The puck was there.”

  “I just wanted to play a good game and win, and we did both.  It was great.”

Larose’s effort even stunned Binghamton coach John Paddock and his teammates, who searched for words to describe the feat.

“Was it ever,” Paddock said.  “It was an incredible debut.  I don’t know what he’ll do tomorrow for an encore, but…”

Said goalie Mark Laforest: “It was one of those things, everything turned gold.  It was a helluva start.  Somebody’s looking like a real genius right now.”

Joe Paterson scored his 11th and 12th goals for Binghamton after going eight games without one.  Brian McReynolds scored his 19th goal and Tim Armstrong his fifth.  Jeff Bloemberg had three assists as the Rangers out shot the Red Wings, 51-38.

  Scott King faced the first 42 shots and left after two periods trailing, 6-1.  “He was replaced by Mark Reimer.

Larose’s five goals tied a Binghamton AHL franchise record held by Jacques Cossette, who scored five in a Broome Dusters’ win over Hershey on March 17, 1978. That was the first year of AHL hockey in Binghamton.

The five goals was one short of the AHL record held by three players.

Larose had not played in over two weeks.  After arriving in Binghamton on Tuesday.  Larose had visa problems to take care of before he could play.  So he and Rangers director of merchandising Jason Siegel drove to Canadian border on Thursday to clear up the matter.

Larose’s father and mother, Binghamton residents Claude and Louise Larose were on hand for the game.  Claude is a former coach of the Binghamton Whalers, and now works for NHL’s Hartford Whalers as a scout.

The Rangers have won three straight games and are 5-1-1 in their last seven at home—where a month ago they had a terrible time winning.  The nine goals were the most the team has scored in a game this season.

The already physical game became ugly when Binghamton scored five second period goals for a 6-1 lead.

A total of 217 penalty minutes was assessed, including four game misconducts and a match penalty to Laforest.

Laforest, who made 30 saves on 31 shots, received a fighting major and match penalty during a four-player altercation with the 4:01 remaining.

Binghamton’s Dennis Vial was fighting Gord Kruppke, and Adirondack’s All Conroy joined in.

Laforest and Paddock said they thought the match penalty was because Laforest was wearing his blocker pad while throwing punches.

Players receiving match penalties are suspended until the AHL reviews the incident.  Paddock said Craig Barnett would probably be summoned from Erie of the ECHL.

Binghamton Rangers Watch

--What a Guy:  Guy Larose, making his Rangers’ debut, tied a Binghamton franchise record with five goals in a game during Friday night’s 9-1 win over Adirondack.  Larose tied the mark set by Jacques Cossette with the Broome Dusters in 1977-78.

--The AHL record is six goals, set by three players-Bob Heron, Pittsburgh Hornets, 1941; Harry Pidhirny, Syracuse Warriors, 1953-54; Camille Henry, Providence Reds, 1955-56.

--Tonight:  The Rangers (24-18-5) host the Springfield Indians. Leaders in the Northern Division.  Binghamton is 1-1 against Springfield, which lost Friday night in Rochester, 7-5.

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