LAST WEEK: The Binghamton Senators (40-28-5-4, 89 pts.) took three of a possible six points this past week to stay in the thick of the East Division playoff hunt with Philadelphia. The B-Sens trail Philadelphia by one point entering the final week of the regular season.
WEDNESDAY, APR. 1 vs. WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON (3-2 SOL): Goaltender Jeff Glass turned in a spectacular performance against the high-scoring Penguins on Wednesday night. The netminder set a new career high with 47 saves, including 19 in the third period, to secure one point for the B-Sens in the shootout loss. Danny Bois (0+2) and Zack Smith (1+1) power Binghamton with two points each. Defenseman Derek Smith buried his sixth goal of the season. The two teams combined for 90 shots on the night.
FRIDAY, APR. 3 @ ROCHESTER (4-2 L): Despite a 44-24 advantage in shots, the B-Sens fell to the Americans by a 4-2 final. Rochester capitalized on three power play chances while Binghamton’s top-ranked PP unit was blanked, going 0/7 on the night. Mark Bomersback notched his third goal of the season midway through the final period. Left-winger Greg Mauldin tallied in the final 30 seconds to make it a 4-2 final.
SATURDAY, APR. 4 vs. ALBANY (5-2 W): Binghamton rattled off four unanswered goals to down the River Rats on Saturday night at the Arena. Marc Cavosie turned momentum in the B-Sens favor midway through the second period when he netted a shorthanded goal to make it a 2-2 game. Greg Mauldin scored the game-winning goal three minutes after Cavosie’s marker. It gave Mauldin goals in two straight games. 2007 first-round draft pick Jim O’Brien collected his first professional point with an assist on Zack Smith’s goal late in the second period. Mark Bomersback added a late goal to give him goals in two straight and secure the B-Sens 5-2 win.
THIS WEEK: The B-Sens play two road games and one home game in the final week of the regular season. Binghamton travels up I-81 to take on the Syracuse Crunch (39-31-4-3, 85 pts.) on Wednesday night. The B-Sens take on the Norfolk Admirals (30-38-4-5, 69 pts.) on Friday night in the club’s final regular season home game. The Senators head to Albany on Saturday night to take on the River Rats (31-39-3-4, 69 pts.) in regular season finale.
B-SENS GAME SCHEDULE:
- WEDNESDAY, APR. 8 @ SYRACUSE (7:00 p.m.)
- FRIDAY, APR. 10 vs. NORFOLK (7:05 p.m.)
- SATURDAY, APR. 11 @ ALBANY (7:00 p.m.)
VS. SYRACUSE: The B-Sens and Crunch faced each other seven times before the calendar turned to 2009. The B-Sens hold a 5-0-1-1 advantage in the season series and have won five straight. Nine of Mattias Karlsson’s team-leading 41 assists have come against the Crunch. Defenseman Tomas Kudelka registered a career high three points (2+1) in Binghamton’s 5-2 win over Syracuse on Dec. 30. Syracuse has points in four straight games and enters the final week of the regular season one point behind Toronto for the final playoff spot in the North Division. Standout rookie Nikita Filatov, who registered 32 points (16+16) in 39 games with Syracuse this season, remains on recall with Columbus. Derek MacKenzie shows a six-game point streak (1+5) for the Crunch.
VS. NORFOLK: The B-Sens face the Admirals for the eighth time in a two-month span. The two teams faced off in four consecutive games from Mar. 13 - 20, with each team taking two wins. Center Peter Regin has exploded for 11 points (1+10) in six games against Norfolk this season. Left-winger Greg Mauldin has tallied seven (7+2) of his 22 goals this season against the Admirals. The Admirals are currently without their two leading scorers, Brandon Bochenski and Zenon Konopka, who are on recall with Tampa Bay.
VS. ALBANY: Binghamton has defeated Albany 29 times in franchise history, with 15 of those victories coming on the road, its most road wins over any team. Rookie Zack Smith has three goals, three assists and a +4 rating in seven games against Albany this season. The B-Sens last road win over the River Rats came on Dec. 12, with the Senators posting a 3-0 shutout victory. Jakub Petruzalek leads the offensive attack for Albany with two goals and seven assists against Binghamton.
- The B-Sens notched their 40th win of the season on 4/4/09, giving the franchise its third 40-win season.
- Netminder Jeff Glass has started a franchise-record 16 straight game for Binghamton. He also set a new career high with 47 saves against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4/1/09.
- Binghamton’s balanced offensive attack boasts six players with 45 or more points.
- Defenseman Derek Smith has set career highs in goals (6), assists (16) and points (22).
- 2007 first-round draft pick Jim O’Brien collected his first professional point with an assist on Zack Smith’s goal in Binghamton’s 5-2 win over Albany 4/4/09.
- Denis Hamel eclipsed 50 points for the sixth time in his AHL career.
- The B-Sens are 27-8-1-1 this season when scoring the first goal of a game.
- POINTS: Zubov (14+38=52)
- GOALS: Hamel (25)
- ASSISTS: Karlsson (41)
- POWER-PLAY GOALS: Hamel (12)
- SHORT-HANDED GOALS: Bois, Cavosie & Hamel (2)
- GAME-WINNING GOALS: Hamel (5)
- SHOTS: Hamel (228)
- WINS: Glass (16)
- SAVES: Glass (1061)
- GAA: Glass (3.14)
- SAVE PERCENTAGE: Glass (.905)
B-SENS PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
- Tuesday, Apr. 7 10:30 @ BCVMA
- Wednesday, Apr. 8 10 a.m. game-day skate @ BCVMA
- Thursday, Apr. 9 10:30 @ BCVMA
- Friday, Apr. 10 10 a.m. game-day skate @ BCVMA
- Saturday, Apr. 11 10 a.m. game-day skate @ BCVMA
*All practice times and locations subject to change without notice*
B-SENS ON THE AIR:
All Binghamton Senators’ games are broadcast on 680 WINR-AM and 1430 WENE-AM. Tune in 30 minutes before game time for Countdown to Faceoff with Grady Whittenburg, Voice of the B-Sens. Fans can also tune in to B-Sens’ games via webcast or streaming video cast at www.ahllive.com.
B-SENS TICKET PACKAGES:
2009-10 full and half-season tickets are on sale. For information on ticket packages contact the Binghamton Senators’ executive office at (607) 722-SENS.