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B-SENS WEEKLY

LAST WEEK…

Friday, Dec. 20: Binghamton 5, Syracuse 2 
Shots: Binghamton 36, Syracuse 20
PP: Binghamton 1 for 7, Syracuse 2 for 4 

Binghamton snapped their seven game losing streak Friday night with a 5-2 victory over the Syracuse Crunch on the road.  Mike Hoffman continued his scoring prowess with a goal and an assist while Chris Wideman chipped in three assists for the B-Sens in a much needed victory to keep pace in the East Division.  

Syracuse took a 2-0 lead after 20 minutes of play thanks to two power-play goals.  Brett Connolly started the scoring off at 2:05 of the first period before Cedric Paquette added his eighth marker of the year at 17:21.

Binghamton rebounded after a wobbly start to rattle off five unanswered goals to earn their first win in the month of December.  Fredrick Claesson scored his first goal of the season 5:12 into the middle frame to put the B-Sens on the scoreboard before Hoffman tied the game up at 2-2 with under a minute remaining in the second. 

Binghamton tallied three third period goals, the first coming from Mark Stone’s power-play goal at 8:27.  Jim O’Brien notched his third goal of the year with less than two minutes remaining and David Dziurzynski put an empty-netter in with just over 10 seconds left to move the final score to 5-2. 

Nathan Lawson earned his ninth win of the season in his first game back since December 6 stopping 18 of 20 shots faced.  Crunch goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis finished the night stopping 31 of 35 shots faced in his third loss of the season.     


Saturday, Dec. 21: Albany 2, Binghamton 3 (OT)
Shots: Albany 31, Binghamton 29
PP: Albany 0 for 5, Binghamton 1 for 5 

The B-Sens made it a perfect 2-0 weekend by defeating the visiting Albany Devils 3-2 in overtime Saturday night.  Cole Schneider scored his ninth goal of the season just over one minute into the extra frame to give Binghamton their first back-to-back win since November 27.
Stone recorded his eighth goal of the season 3:22 into the first period to open the scoring off a great feed from Hoffman.  Binghamton carried that lead into the first intermission as Andrew Hammond blanked all 10 of the Devils shots in the first 20 minutes of play.

Less than two minutes into the second period, Albany tied things up with Harri Pesonen’s first of two goals for the night off a feed from Kelly Zajac.  Hoffman grabbed the lead for Binghamton at 8:48 of the period with his team-leading sixth power-play goal of the year. 

Albany tied the game up once again 13:42 into the third period on Pesonen’s second tally of the night.  Both teams came up empty in the remainder of regulation forcing a sudden-death overtime.  Binghamton remained perfect in the overtime period with Schneider putting home a rebound from Andre Petersson’s wrister at the 1:08 mark of overtime. 

Hoffman finished with a goal and assist for the second consecutive night to lead Binghamton offensively.  Hammond earned his seventh win of the year stopping 29 shots while the Devil’s Keith Kinkaid fell for just the fourth time this season stopping 26 of 29 shots faced.           


Record:
16-9-0-3 (35 points)


Standings: The B-Sens trail East Division leader, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins by two points.  The Norfolk Admirals sit in third place behind Binghamton with a 14-11-1-4 record good for 33 points.  Hershey holds the fourth spot with 29 points through 27 games played, while Syracuse sits at the bottom having dropped seven of their past 10 contests for a 12-12-1-3 record.  


THIS WEEK…

Thursday, December 26 vs. Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals)– 7:05 p.m.
 
Binghamton hosts the Hershey Bears in their annual Boxing Day game this Thursday, December 26.  This will be the seventh of ten total meetings between the teams with the Bears having been victorious in the past two meetings. 

Hershey is led offensively by Brandon Segal with four goals and 12 assists through 22 games this season and Nicolas Deschamps who has posted eight goals and seven assists over 20 games.  Goaltender David Leggio has appeared in 17 games this season and compiled a 7-8-2 record with a 2.84 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.   

 

Friday, December 27 @ Utica Comets (Vancouver Canucks)– 7:00 p.m.

Binghamton will travel to Utica for the final time this season on Friday night to take on the Comets in a 7:00p.m. matchup.  In their first and only meeting this year, the Comets came out on top with a 5-2 win over the B-Sens. 

Utica is led by center Pascal Pelletier who has posted five goals and 16 assist in just 20 games thus far while Benn Ferriero has compiled 20 points (10 goals, 10 assists) in 27 games this season.  Goaltender Joacim Eriksson has appeared in 20 games between the pipes for the Comets this year going 8-10-1 and a 2.77 goals against average.  Utica currently sits in last place of the North Division with a 10-15-1-1 record.


Tuesday, December 31 vs. Norfolk Admirals (Anaheim Ducks)— 6:05p.m.

The B-Sens will look to finish the busy week when they welcome the Norfolk Admirals to the Broome County Veterans Memorials Arena for its annual New Years Eve game.  The matchup will be the third of eight total meetings between the division rivals with each team winning one contest so far.  The teams have not played since October 12 when Binghamton came out on top 4-1.

Norfolk is led offensively by center Rickard Rakell who has posted 20 points (seven goals, 13 assists) in 24 games played this season.  John Gibson leads all of the Admirals goaltenders having appeared in 23 games this season while posting a 9-8-3 record and 2.70 goals against average.   
 
 
SENS SNIPPETS…
 
Defenseman Chris Wideman is currently tied for seventh in the AHL among defensemen with 18 points (two goals, 16 assists).

Mike Hoffman sits in third place in the AHL for scoring.  Through 26 games played this season he has compiled 14 goals and 17 assists for 31 points.

Forward Mark Stone has recorded at least a point in six of his last seven games played, including three straight games with a goal.  Through 17 games this season Stone has tallied eight goals and eight assists. 
   


PRACTICE SCHEDULE (Practice times and locations are subject to change) …

Tuesday, Dec. 24        OFF – NO MEDIA AVAILABILITY
           
Wednesday, Dec. 25   OFF – NO MEDIA AVAILABILITY
   
Thursday, Dec. 26     10:00a.m. – On Ice at Broome County Arena
                                 7:05p.m. – Hershey vs. Binghamton
                                Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
            
Friday, Dec. 27         10:00a.m. – On Ice at Broome County Arena       
                                 2:20p.m. – Bus Departs for Utica  
                                 7:00p.m. – Binghamton @ Utica 
                                 War Memorial Arena—Utica, NY

Saturday, Dec. 28      TBA

Sunday, Dec. 29        1:45p.m. – On Ice at Chenango Ice Rink

Monday, Dec. 30       10:00a.m. – On Ice at BCC

Tuesday, Dec. 31      10:00a.m. – On Ice at Broome County Arena
                                 6:05p.m. – Norfolk vs. Binghamton 
                              Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
 

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