By Danielle Catalano

Tomorrow night’s conference game between the Portland Pirates and Binghamton Senators will be the ninth time the two will have met since 2002, but the first time for Portland as the Buffalo Sabres’ American Hockey League affiliate. The B-Sens host the Pirates at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena at 7:05 p.m. in their only regular-season home contest against Portland.
“It’s been awhile since we’ve seen them, so you just treat them like a new team,” center Josh Hennessy says. “And really, they are a new team because they’re a different team. They’re not Anaheim anymore.”
While Binghamton and Portland are somewhat unfamiliar foes, their statistical match-ups suggests otherwise, beginning with the teams’ overall record against one another: 4-4-0-0, with each winning on home ice. Head coach Cory Clouston is quick to caution against reading too much into the clubs’ history together. “We’re two different clubs,” Clouston says. “We worry about our guys; they worry about their guys. Come game day, our guys will play what they’ve been practicing, not what the stats say.”
Still, there are some noteworthy similarities with this year’s teams that will make Friday night’s contest a strong match-up for both sides.
Portland sits atop the Atlantic Division in first place with 33 points, while Binghamton’s 27 points place them in fifth in the East Division. The Pirates have won four of their last 10 games, grabbing 10 points during that time. The B-Sens have kept pace, earning nine points in their last 10 games. Both clubs have recent shootout experiences, with Portland wining 4-3 on Tuesday against Manchester; Binghamton losing 6-5 last Friday against Bridgeport on a controversial no-goal call.
While each team has undergone a series of call-ups over the last month, their points leaders have return to the lineups. (B-Sens’ Ilya Zubov with 25 points; Pirates’ Mark Mancari with 27 points.) Though, both are missing core players, such as Binghamton defenseman Matt Carkner (a game-day decision with a lower-body injury), and Portland center Nathan Gerbe, who has spent the week playing for Buffalo. Each side has benefited from their offensive-minded defensemen, who have garnered 41 points for their respective teams. Adding to this frenzy are rookie standouts Tim Kennedy, Mike Kostka and Derek Whitmore (Portland) and Zack Smith, Mattias Karlsson and Brian Lee (Binghamton), who continue to feed scoring opportunities in their offensive zones, resulting in a collective 58 assists.
With all these similarities on the periphery of Friday night’s contest, where do the differences lie? Not in the score sheets says Hennessy.
 “I’m sure the coaching staff has looked at all the scoring notes and stuff, but it really comes down to our play making the difference,” he says. “Making good cuts into our zone and working good together deep in the zone, getting to the net…That’s what counts.”

Search Archive »

Browse by Year »


Browse by Month »

February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015
December 2014
November 2014
October 2014
September 2014
August 2014
July 2014
June 2014
May 2014
April 2014
March 2014
February 2014
January 2014
December 2013
November 2013
October 2013
September 2013
August 2013
July 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
September 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
September 2010
August 2010
July 2010
June 2010
May 2010
April 2010
March 2010
February 2010
January 2010
December 2009
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
April 2008
January 2008

VS Binghamton Senators Lehigh Valley Phantoms
B-Sens vs. Phantoms
@ 7:05PM Wednesday, Feb 10
PPL Center
VS Binghamton Senators Hershey Bears
B-Sens vs. Bears
@ 2PM Sunday, Feb 7
Giant Center L1-6
Utica Comets
Utica Comets
@ February 12, 2016
Utica Memorial Auditorium
Syracuse Crunch
Syracuse Crunch
@ February 13, 2016
Canadian Tire Centre - Ottawa, ON
St. John's IceCaps
St. John's IceCaps
@ February 19, 2016
the ARENA - Binghamton
> < February 2016
Sun Mon Tue Wed Thu Fri Sat
  1 2 3 4 6-2 L
6-1 L 8 9 7:05PM 11 7:00PM 5:00PM
14 15 16 17 18 7:05PM 7:05PM
3:00PM 22 23 11:00AM 25 7:00PM 27
5:05PM 29          
  Home   Away