Wednesday, March 23: Syracuse 3, Binghamton 6
Shots: Syracuse 44, Binghamton 21
PP: Syracuse 0 for 3, Binghamton 1 for 4
The B-Sens won their sixth straight game against the Syracuse Crunch last Wednesday as they doubled up on the I-81 rival 6-3 despite dressing only 16 players. Andre Benoit (one goal, two assists), Kaspars Daugavins (two goals, one assist), Ryan Potulny (one goal, two assists) and Derek Smith (three assists) each had three points. Jim O’Brien added two points of his own (one goal, one assist) and goaltender Barry Brust made 41 saves to improve to 28-17-1. Matt Beleskey, Patrick Maroon and Maxime Macenauer each tallied goals for the Crunch.
Friday, March 25: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 0, Binghamton 3
Shots: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 31, Binghamton 20
PP: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 0 for 5, Binghamton 1 for 5
Robin Lehner returned to goal for the B-Sens for the first time since March 9, stopping all 31 shots he faced to blank the visiting Penguins and earn his third shutout of the season. Jim O’Brien led the offense for the B-Sens as he notched his 22nd goal of the season and added a pair of assists. Andre Benoit and Ryan Keller would also each score for the B-Sens, who swept their four-game regular season home series against a league-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton team.
Saturday, March 26: Providence 1, Binghamton 4
Shots: Providence 33, Binghamton 36
PP: Providence 0 for 4, Binghamton 1 for 4
Alain Goulet struck first Saturday night, to put the visiting Bruins on the board 1-0 at 12:04 of the first, but that would be all the offense Providence could muster as the B-Sens went on to score four unanswered goals to top the Atlantic Division rival, 4-1. Roman Wick scored a goal, which proved to be the eventual game-winner, and added a pair of assists in the match. Corey Locke, Ryan Potulny and Cody Bass would also add goals. Robin Lehner made his second straight start in net for the B-Sens, making 32 saves to improve to 9-7-2 on the season.
Sunday, March 27: Binghamton 4, Springfield 1
Shots: Binghamton 30, Springfield 39
PP: Binghamton 0 for 3, Springfield 0 for 4
Mike Brodeur earned the nod in goal for the B-Sens on Sunday afternoon, making his first start since Feb. 4, and helped backstop his team to the 4-1 win over the Falcons with a 38 save performance. Roman Wick (one goal, one assist) and Corey Locke (two assists) each earned a pair of points in the victory. Cody Bass, Andre Benoit and Eric Gryba would each tally goals for Binghamton. Rookie blueliner David Savard was the lone Falcon to beat Brodeur, scoring just 37 seconds into the third period.
Standings:The B-Sens are in fifth place in the East Division (87 points).
Friday, April 1 @ Syracuse Crunch (Anaheim Ducks)
The B-Sens travel to Syracuse this Friday to take on the Crunch in the eighth and final meeting between the East Division rivals. With last Wednesday’s victory over the Crunch in Binghamton, the B-Sens have now won six straight games against Syracuse and are currently 6-1-0-0 overall against them on the season. Additionally the B-Sens have outscored the Crunch 36 to 13 over the course of the seven games played thus far between the two teams. With the loss to the B-Sens last Wednesday, the Crunch were officially eliminated from 2011 Calder Cup playoff contention. With a 4-1 victory over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers this afternoon, Syracuse now enters the week with a 30-36-3-4 record, ranking sixth place overall in the East Division with 67 points. Patrick Maroon leads all Crunch players in points with 47 (22 goals, 25 assists) in 60 games played this season.
Saturday, April 2 vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders)
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers will make their only visit of the season to the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena this Saturday. The teams’ only other meeting was March 20 in Bridgeport; a game the B-Sens won 4-3 in overtime. B-Sens captain Ryan Keller (two goals, one assist) and Kaspars Daugavins (one goal, two assists) each tallied three points in Bridgeport this season. The Sound Tigers enter the week sitting in seventh place overall in the Atlantic Division with a record of 25-37-4-7 (61 points). The Bridgeport roster features the talents of former Binghamton Senator Brandon Svendsen. Svendsen has put up 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 60 games with the Sound Tigers this season.
Sunday, April 3 @ Albany Devils (New Jersey Devils)
The B-Sens make their final trip to Albany this season on Sunday for a 4 p.m. tilt where they will look to pull even in their season series against the East Division rival Devils. The B-Sens have gone 3-4-0-0 against the Devils in seven games played so far this season and have won only one of three games played at the Times Union Center. The two teams last met in a rare Tuesday evening tilt back on March 1 at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena; a game in which Binghamton fell 3-2. Albany enters the week with a record of 30-37-1-4, ranking them seventh place overall in the East Division with 65 points. Matt Anderson is first overall on the Devils in scoring with 50 points (21+29=50) in 68 games played. He has registered five points (three goals, two assists) in seven games against the B-Sens. Albany rookie Adam Henrique is tied for fifth overall among AHL rookies in scoring with 45 points (23+22=45) in 67 games played this season. Henrique has notched four points (one goal, three assists) in six games played against the B-Sens this season.
Goaltender Robin Lehner earned Binghamton’s nomination for the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending March 27. The rookie goaltender stopped all 31 shots faced Friday to help backstop the B-Sens to a 3-0 shutout victory over the league-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. The shutout was Lehner's third of the season. Saturday he made 32 saves as the B-Sens downed the Providence Bruins 4-1. In two games last week Lehner stopped a total of 63 shots to post a 2-0-0 record with 0.50 goals-against average and a .984 save percentage.
Kaspars Daugavins scored his 100th career American Hockey League point (a goal) last Wednesday as the B-Sens defeated the Syracuse Crunch 6-3 at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
Win Sunday’s win in Springfield, the B-Sens have now won six straight games, are now just one point behind the Norfolk Admirals for fourth place in the East Division and remain seven points ahead of the Atlantic Division’s Worcester Sharks for the Eastern Conference’s crossover playoff spot.
PRACTICE SCHEDULE (Times are subject to change) …
Tuesday, March 29
Wednesday, March 30
10:15 a.m. practice – Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
Thursday, March 31
10:15 a.m. practice – Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
Friday, April 1
4 p.m. – bus departs for Syracuse
7:30 p.m. game at Syracuse Crunch
War Memorial at Oncenter, 800 South State Street, Syracuse, N.Y.
Saturday, April 2
7:05 p.m. game vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Sunday, April 3
11:30 a.m. – bus departs for Albany
4 p.m. game at Albany Devils
Times Union Center, 51 South Pearl St., Albany, N.Y.
Monday, April 4
-Go B-Sens Go-