Wednesday, Mar. 19: Binghamton 1, Albany 2
Shots: Binghamton 19, Albany 28
PP: Binghamton 1 for 6, Albany 1 for 4
Binghamton lost to the Albany Devils 2-1 after dropping a 1-0 third period lead Wednesday night. Mike Sislo scored the game winner 17:17 into the final period of play to complete the comeback for Albany.
Following a scorless first period, Binghamton grabbed the first lead of the night on a power-play goal from Matt Puempel at 15:54 of the second period. Mark Stone and Stephane Da Costa earned assists on Puempel’s 24th goal of the year.
Binghamton controlled the majority of the final period until Reid Boucher beat Binghamton goaltender Andrew Hammond for his 17th goal of the year with just over seven minutes remaining in regulation. Sislo notched his game winner with less than three minutes remaining following a turnover at the Sens blue line.
Sislo finished with a goal and an assist to lead Albany while Puempel scored his team-leading 13th power-play goal. Hammond finished with 26 saves on 28 shots faced while Albany’s Scott Wedgewood earned the win with 18 saves on 19 shots faced.
Friday, Mar. 21: Binghamton 5, Norfolk 2
Shots: Binghamton 27, Norfolk 26
PP: Binghamton 1 for 4, Norfolk 0 for 2
Binghamton prevailed 5-2 on the road thanks to three third period goals that broke open a 2-2 game after 40 minutes of play. Shane Prince scored the go-ahead goal 2:50 into the final frame to keep Binghamton atop the East Division with their 37th win on the year. Goalie Scott Greenham earned the victory in just his second appearance in net for Binghamton this year stopping 24 of 26 shots faced.
Norfolk opened the scoring 7:02 into the first period when Chris Wagner recorded his 11th goal of the year. Max Friberg collected a loose puck in the neutral zone and sent it up ice to Kevin Gagne. Gagne found a charging Wagner on the right wing who then one-timed the puck past Greenham to give the Admirals the 1-0 lead.
Mark Borowiecki tied the game at 1-1 at the 15:16 mark of the opening frame off assists from Patrick Mullen and Derek Grant. With Binghamton holding possession in Norfolk’s zone, Grant cycled the puck to the top of the right point where Mullen was waiting. Mullen skated towards the center point and dished a pass to Borowiecki who then buried his second marker of the year.
Greenham stopped 13 of 14 shots in the first 20 minutes of play while John Gibson turned aside six of seven Binghamton chances.
Devante Smith-Pelly broke the 1-1 tie 11:40 into the second period on a short-handed goal. Binghamton looked to be heading into the final intermission trailing by one before David Dziurzynski tipped home a Fredrik Claesson slap shot with 52 seconds remaining to send the teams to the locker room deadlocked at 2-2.
The B-Sens grabbed its first lead of the night less than three minutes into the third on a power-play goal from Prince. Cole Schneider scored his 19th marker of the season at the 16:33 spot to extend the lead to 4-2 before Da Costa added an empty-netter with just over a minute remaining to push the final score to 5-2.
Greenham improved to 2-0-0 for Binghamton with his 24 save performance while Gibson dropped to 20-15-4. Defensemen Mullen and Alex Grant both finished with two assists for the B-Sens.
Saturday, Mar. 22: Binghamton 6, Norfolk 5 (OT)
Shots: Binghamton 36, Norfolk 33
PP: Binghamton 0 for 2, Norfolk 0 for 0
The B-Sens completed its first ever two-game road sweep over the Admirals with a 6-5 overtime win Saturday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. Jean-Gabriel Pageau netted his 16th goal of the year at 1:34 into the overtime frame to keep the Sens on top of the East Division.
Chris Wagner gave the Admirals a 2-0 lead on a pair of goals scored 26 seconds apart; the first coming just past the midway point of the opening period.
Binghamton cut the lead to 2-1 with 1:54 remaining in the first period when Pageau buried a cross-ice feed from Schneider.
Greenham stopped eight of 10 shots faced in the opening frame while Brad Thiessen turned aside five of six B-Sens chances.
Norfolk added to its lead just 50 seconds into the 2nd period when Andre Petersson notched his 20th goal of the year. Petersson followed up his own shot on Greenham and put home the rebound goal to move the score to 3-1.
Derek Grant notched his seventh goal of the year just before the five minute mark of the frame to shrink Norfolk’s lead to 3-2.
Both Greenham and Thiessen stopped 11 of 12 shots faced in the middle frame to keep the score 3-2 heading into the final period of regulation.
Binghamton managed three third period goals for the second consecutive night; however, Norfolk responded with two of their own to force the overtime period.
Pageau bested Thiessen on a break-away goal to complete the come-from-behind win in overtime and give Binghamton the huge East Division victory.
Greenham started the second straight night for Binghamton stopping 28 of 33 shots faced to improve to a perfect 3-0-0 this season. Pageau and Da Costa finished with two goals apiece for the B-Sens while Prince and Chris Wideman added two helpers to lead the B-Sens.
Record: 38-21-1-4 (81 points)
Standings: Binghamton maintained a slim one-point lead over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in the East Division with its two-win weekend. The Penguins’ 80 points and 36-21-3-5 record give them a three-point lead over third place Norfolk who has gone 34-22-2-7 in 65 games played this season. Hershey remains in fourth place with 72 points and a 32-25-4-4 record. Syracuse rounds out the division with a 25-29-4-6 mark (60 points) through 64 games played.
Friday, March 28 vs. St. John’s IceCaps (Winnipeg Jets)—7:05p.m.
The B-Sens look for the first win this season against the IceCaps in the final game of the team’s four-game season series. St. John’s sits in second place in the Atlantic Division with a 41-20-1-3 record (86 points) over 65 games played including a 9-1-0-0 record over its past 10 contests.
Offensively, the IceCaps sport a balanced attack with five skaters at 40 points or more on the year. Andrew Gordon (22 goals, 27 assists), Kael Mouillierat (18 goals, 31 assists) and Jason Jaffray (17 goals, 32 assists) share the team lead with 49 points.
Rookie Jussi Olkinuora leads active St. John’s goaltenders with a 5-3-1 record with a 3.25 goals-against average and a 0.893 save percentage over 10 games played. Tyler Beskorowany, who signed a player try-out with the IceCaps on February 14, has been a perfect 4-0-0 in his four games played with a 2.20 goals-against average and a 0.931 save percentage.
Saturday, March 29 @ Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay Lightning)—7:00p.m.
Binghamton wraps up its 10-game season series against the Crunch with a trip to Syracuse on Saturday night. Despite losing the last matchup back on March 9, the B-Sens dominate their East Division foe with seven wins in the first nine games.
Jonathan Marchessault leads the Crunch with 49 points (15 goals, 29 assists) over 65 games between Springfield and Syracuse this season. Brett Connolly and Vladislav Namestnikov share the team lead with 17 goals on the year.
Rookie Kristers Gudlevskis leads Syracuse netminders with a 14-10-3 record over 28 appearances while registering 2.52 goals-against average and a 0.909 save percentage. Cedrick Desjardins has played in 29 games registering a 7-17-2 record with 2.82 goals-against average and a 0.902 save percentage.
Sunday, March 30 @ Albany Devils (New Jersey Devils)—3:00p.m.
The B-Sens finish up their three-games in as many days with a Sunday visit to Albany for the final matchup against the Devils this season. Binghamton has won three of the first five meetings this year. Albany currently sits in second place in the Northeast Division with a 34-20-4-7 record (79 points) over 65 games played.
Joe Whitney leads the Devil’s offense with 50 points (21 goals, 29 assists) in 63 games while teammate Mike Sislo leads the team with 23 goals in 54 games played.
Goaltender Keith Kinkaid has appeared in 37 games this season compiling a 21-11-4 record with 2.38 goals-against average and a 0.909 save percentage. Rookie Scott Wedgewood has proved to be a solid backup appearing in 30 contests while going 13-12-3 with 2.46 goals-against and a 0.896 save percentage.
This Friday will be Racing Night at the Arena as the B-Sens host the St. John’s IceCaps at 7:05p.m. There will be displays around the concourse starting at 6:00p.m. from various local racetracks including Thunder Mountain, I-88 Speedway and Five-Mile Point Speedway.
Friday is also the first annual Southern Tier Hockey Association End of the Season Celebration. STHA members can receive discounted tickets by contacting the B-Sens Executive Office at (607) 722-7367 or stopping by between 9:00a.m. and 5:30p.m. The office is located on the third floor of the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. There will also be STHA tables along the concourse featuring different raffles including an autographed B-Sens stick. All money from the raffles and a portion of the money raised through ticket sales will be donated to the STHA.
The STHA 18-U team will be presenting a check to the B-Sens Corey Cowick in a pregame ceremony Friday. The check will be donated along with Cowick’s total from his Cowick Fights For A Cure campaign which raises money for cancer research.
The first 500 fans through the gates Friday will receive a Buy-One-Get-One coupon courtesy of the New York Lottery.
Members of the Vestal High School hockey team will be honored on-ice during 1st intermission for winning the 2014 Broome County High School Hockey Association Championship.
Fans looking to make it out can save money on their tickets with the Friday-2-Pack which includes two tickets to the game (sections 6-10 only), two hotdogs and two sodas for just $32.
Friday is also a Price Chopper AdvantEdge Card night where fans receive $4.00 off their ticket when they present their AdvantEdge card at the time of purchase (limit two tickets per card).
Forward Stephane Da Costa has strung together points in eight straight games (five goals, seven assists). Da Costa has scored at least one point in 13 of 16 games played since being reassigned by Ottawa to the B-Sens on February 7.
Goaltender Scott Greenham stopped 52 of 59 shots faced in back-to-back wins this past weekend to keep the Sens on top of the East Division. Greenham is 3-0-0 with 3.30 goals-against average and a 0.895 save percentage in three appearances with Binghamton this year.
Captain Mark Borowiecki surpassed Denis Hamel on Saturday, March 22, for seventh place all-time among B-Sens in penalty minutes. The 24-year old defenseman has compiled 406 penalty minutes in parts of four seasons with Binghamton.
PRACTICE SCHEDULE (Practice times and locations are subject to change) …
Wednesday, Mar. 26 9:00a.m. – On Ice at BCC
Thursday, Mar. 27 10:30a.m. – On Ice at Chenango Ice Rink
Friday, Mar. 28 10:00a.m. – On Ice at Broome County Arena
7:05p.m. – St. John’s vs. Binghamton
Broome County Arena – Binghamton, NY
Saturday, Mar. 29 10:45a.m. – On Ice at Broome County Arena
3:30p.m. – Bus Departs for Syracuse
7:00p.m. – Binghamton @ Syracuse
War Memorial Arena—Syracuse, NY
POSTGAME- Bus Departs for Albany
Sunday, Mar. 30 3:00p.m. – Binghamton @ Albany
The Times Union Center—Albany, NY
Monday, Mar. 31 OFF – NO MEDIA AVAILABILITY
Tuesday, April 1 10:30a.m. – On Ice at Broome County Arena
For more information, please contact:
Joe Battaglini, Director of Media Relations, 607-722-7367