Wednesday, Feb. 23: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1, Binghamton 4
Shots: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 48, Binghamton 16
PP: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1 for 6, Binghamton 1 for 5
Barry Brust stopped 47 of 48 shots to help stifle the league-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins and help the B-Sens to a 4-1 victory. Ryan Keller led the offensive charge for the Binghamton, scoring a goal and adding an assist, while rookie forward Corey Cowick tallied a pair of assists to earn his first two American Hockey League points. Eric Gryba, Kaspars Daugavins and Andrew Sweetland rounded out the scoring for the B-Sens. Brad Thiessen earned the nod in goal for the Pens, stopping nine of 13 shots before being pulled in favor of John Curry for the third period. Bryan Lerg scored the lone goal for WBS, his ninth of the season.
Friday, Feb. 25: Binghamton 7, Syracuse 4
Shots: Binghamton 42, Syracuse 23
PP: Binghamton 3 for 7, Syracuse 0 for 3
The B-Sens exploded for five, unanswered goals in the third period Friday night to overcome a 4-2 deficit against the Crunch to go on to win 7-4. Ryan Keller notched three of the seven B-Sens goals, earning his first hat trick as a Binghamton Senator. PTO signees Brad Snetsinger and Ben Gordon would also score, while defensemen Craig Schira and Andre Benoit also added goals of their own. Kaspars Daugavins and Derek Smith each tallied a pair of helpers. Barry Brust started in goal for the B-Sens, making 19 saves to earn his 11th straight victory. Crunch leading scorer, Nicholas Deschamps scored a pair of goals for Syracuse in the loss, while rookie Kyle Palmieri earned a pair of assists.
Saturday, Feb. 26: Rochester 3, Binghamton 2 - Shootout
Shots: Rochester 33, Binghamton 33
PP: Rochester 0 for 4, Binghamton 1 for 4
Former Rochester American Andrew Sweetland scored for the B-Sens with just 1:21 remaining in regulation to tie the game at two and force overtime. Rochester’s Kenndal McArdle would be the lone player to score in the shootout, winning it for the Amerks in the fifth round. Corey Cowick also scored for the B-Sens in regulation. Pascal Leclaire, assigned to Binghamton on a conditioning loan by Ottawa, made his debut in goal for the B-Sens, stopping 30 of 32 shots.
Sunday, Feb. 27: Binghamton 2, Adirondack 5
Shots: Binghamton 27, Adirondack 5
PP: Binghamton 1 for 3, Adirondack 1 for 3
The B-Sens overcame a 2-0 deficit in the third period at the Glens Falls Civic Center on Sunday as Roman Wick and Derek Smith scored to knot the game at two, however the Phantoms stormed right back with three unanswered goals that would help lift Adirondack to a 5-2 victory. Ben Holmstrom’s tenth goal of the season broke the tie a 6:37 of the third. Former B-Sens captain Denis Hamel scored an empty net goal with three seconds remaining to seal Binghamton’s fate. Mike Testwuide scored a goal and an assist, while Michael Ryan and Erik Gustafsson each notched a pair of assists. Garrett Zemlak manned the pipes for the B-Sens, making 24 saves in his American Hockey League debut.
Tuesday, March 1: Albany 3, Binghamton 2
Shots: Albany 24, Binghamton 24
PP: Albany 0 for 5, Binghamton 1 for 6
The B-Sens rounded out a stretch of five games in seven nights with a rare Tuesday evening tilt versus the Albany Devils. Steve Zalewski scored his third goal in two games played against the B-Sens, while Adam Henrique and Matt Anderson added goals as the Devils went on to defeat the Binghamton 3-2. Ryan Keller scored both goals for the B-Sens, while Barry Brust tended goal stopping 21 of 24 shots.
Standings:The B-Sens are in fifth place in the East Division (71 points).
Sunday, March 6 vs. Norfolk Admirals (Tampa Bay Lightning)
Wednesday, March 9 @ Norfolk Admirals
Friday, March 11 @ Norfolk Admirals
Sunday’s home match kicks off a stretch of five games in seven nights and three of those five games will be against the Norfolk Admirals. With their 6-1 victory over the Hershey Bears last night, the Admirals improved to 30-17-8-5 on the season, jumping ahead of Binghamton to take over sole possession of fourth place in the East Division with 73 points. In four games played against Norfolk so far this season, the B-Sens are 1-1-1-1. All-time when playing the Admirals at the Scope the B-Sens are 10-20-2-1, however in their first trip to Norfolk this season the B-Sens earned three out of a possible four points. On Feb. 4, Kaspars Daugavins scored with 1:05 remaining in regulation to force overtime and help the B-Sens earn a point, despite falling to the Admirals 4-3. The following night, Roman Wick scored with just 13 seconds remaining in regulation to help lift the B-Sens to a 3-2 victory over the Ads.
Promotions: Sunday night is Mascot Mania! Max will be joined by his fellow mascot friends from the American Hockey League and the Binghamton community!
Tuesday, March 8 @ Charlotte Checkers (Carolina Hurricanes)
Saturday, March 12 @ Charlotte Checkers
The B-Sens will also visit the Time Warner Cable Arena in Charlotte next week to play the Checkers for the final two games of an eight game series against the East Division rival. The B-Sens hold a slight edge over the Checkers, as they are 3-2-0-1 against them on the season. The two teams last met Feb. 18 at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, a game the B-Sens won handily 6-2, despite dressing only 16 skaters due to injuries and players on recall to Ottawa. The Checkers are currently 34-20-2-6 on the season and hold third place in the East Division with 76 points. Charlotte’s leading scorer, Jerome Samson (26 G + 28 A =54 pts.) is on recall to their National Hockey League parent club, the Carolina Hurricanes.
Ryan Keller earned the B-Sens nomination for Reebok/AHL Player of the Week as he recorded six points (five goals, one assist) in four games last week. Keller scored a goal and an assist last Wednesday in the B-Sens' 4-1 victory over the league-leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Friday night in Syracuse, Keller tallied a hat trick in the B-Sens' 7-4 victory over the Syracuse Crunch. It was Keller's first hat trick on the season and first as a Binghamton Senator. Keller has moved into a tie with Josh Langfeld for fifth place on the B-Sens' list of all-time leaders in goals with 59. Keller has also jumped to fifth place on the B-Sens list of all-time leaders in power play goals, having scored 22 career power play goals as a Binghamton Senator.
Derek Smith recorded his 100th American Hockey League assist last Friday in Syracuse. The defenseman currently ranks first overall among AHL defensemen in scoring with 43 points (10 goals, 33 assists) in 59 games played. He ranks sixth overall on the B-Sens’ list of all-time leading scorers with 113 points.
Rookie forward Corey Cowick earned his first career AHL point (an assist) last Wednesday versus the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Cowick also tallied his first AHL goal Saturday as the B-Sens hosted the Rochester Americans.
B-SENS BRINGING IT HOME TO THE COMMUNITY…
Have you heard about the Binghamton Senators 7th Man Program? The B-Sens have teamed up with the Magic Paintbrush Project for this special program which increases access for families and individuals with special needs in the Southern Tier community, enabling them to actively participate in the B-Sens hockey experience. For each B-Sens home game, one lucky family receives four tickets to the game, with a special concierge assigned to assist the family and provide accessibility support. Each family is visited by the B-Sens mascot Max and has the opportunity to meet and greet a player post game (schedule permitting). If you or someone you know would be interested in participating in the 7th Man Program please contact the Magic Paintbrush Project at 607-729-5059.
PRACTICE SCHEDULE (Times are subject to change) …
Thursday, March 3
Off-ice workout – Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
Friday, March 4
8:30 a.m. practice – Chenango Ice Rink
614 River Rd., Binghamton, N.Y. 13901
Saturday, March 5
10:30 a.m. practice – First Arena
155 North Main St., Elmira, N.Y. 14901
Sunday, March 6
5:05 p.m. game vs. Norfolk Admirals
Monday, March 7
TRAVEL DAY – NO MEDIA AVAILABILITY
Tuesday, March 8
7 p.m. game @ Charlotte Checkers
Time Warner Cable Arena, 333 East Trade St., Charlotte, N.C. 29202
Wednesday, March 9
7:15 p.m. game @ Norfolk Admirals
Norfolk Scope Arena, 215 East Brambleton Ave., Norfolk, V.A. 23510
-Go B-Sens Go-