LAST WEEK: The Senators (17-36-2-5, 41 pts.) were 0-4 this past week, including a 2-1 loss to Albany on Sunday evening.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28th @ WBS (2-3 L):
The Penguins jumped out to a 2-0 lead midway through the opening period off the stick of center Rob Schremp, as he connected once on the power play and added an even-strength tally. Newly acquired Robert Nilsson added helpers on both goals. The B-Sens responded with their own power-play marker midway through the second period. Cory Pecker notched his 13th goal of the year to get the Sens within one. Defensemen Charlie Cook and Rory Rawlyk assisted on the goal. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton was able to stretch the lead to two goals late in the period as Jonathan Filewich netted a power-play marker.
In the final minute of regulation, Pecker added his second tally of the night to make it a 3-2 final. Danny Bois and Jeff Heerema assisted on the final goal. Netminder Jeff Glass had 36 saves on the night.
FRIDAY, MARCH 2nd @ PHILADELPHIA (2-4 L):
The Phantoms jumped on top quick, as Matt Ellison gathered a loose puck and tapped it home for the 1-0 lead just twenty-seven seconds into the opening period. Denis Tolpeko gave the Phantoms a two-goal lead with an even-strength tally at 13:38 of the first. Josh Hennessy responded for the B-Sens, as the center buried his 23rd marker of the year to make it a 2-1 contest. JF David and Neil Komadoski assisted on the goal. Tolpeko netted his second marker of the night late in the middle period to once again extend the Phantoms lead to two goals. Shawn Collymore answered back for the B-Sens, as he scored his first goal as a Binghamton Senator to make it a 3-2 lead. The Phantoms added a late empty-netter for the final score of the night.
SATURDAY, MARCH 3rd @ HERSHEY (1-7 L):
Ryan Vesce gave Binghamton a 1-0 lead early, as the Senators capitalized on a Bears hooking call to net the power-play tally. Cory Pecker assisted on the goal. The Bears offense responded as winger Scott Barney collected four points (2+2=4) and Joey Tenute added three points (1+2=3) to pace the high-powered Hershey attack. Chris Bourque and Matt Hendricks each had a goal and an assist, while former Binghamton Senator Andy Hedlund had an assist for Hershey.
SUNDAY, MARCH 4th vs. ALBANY (1-2 L):
After a scoreless first period, Cory Pecker gave the B-Sens a 1-0 lead just twenty-eight seconds into the second. The winger stole a cross-ice pass in the Senators zone and raced the length of the ice. Pecker beat two Albany defenders down the ice and slipped the puck through the legs of netminder Tyler Weiman. The River Rats responded four minutes later, as Albany captain Keith Aucoin buried his 20th marker of the season. Albany advanced on a three-on-one rush, passing the puck three times before scooping it past netminder Kelly Guard. The game-winner came at the 13:34 mark of the second period. Aucoin retrieved a loose puck behind the B-Sens cage and passed to the front of the crease where a streaking Antti Laaksonen tapped it home to seal the victory. The teams combined for just six penalty minutes, a new franchise record for the B-Sens. The Senators took 18 third-period shots, but were unable to get one past Tyler Weiman. Kelly Guard had 34 saves in the losing effort.
TUESDAY, MARCH 6th @ PHILADELPHIA (7:05):
The B-Sens are looking for their first win against the Phantoms this season. Philly held on for a 4-2 win last Friday at the Spectrum. The Senators will need to contain Mark Cullen, who has collected 11 points (4+7=11) in four games between the two teams this season. Josh Hennessy has three markers in five games for the B-Sens. Netminder Scott Munroe has five wins and a 2.22 goals-against-average against the B-Sens.
FRI., MAR. 9th & SAT., MARCH 10th @ NORFOLK (7:05):
The B-Sens look to make it two straight against the first-place Admirals. Winger Cory Pecker buried two markers against Norfolk on Saturday, Feb. 17, as the B-Sens defeated the Admirals 4-1. Netminder Jeff Glass had 43 saves, tying his career-high, in the win. Jeff Heerema and Matt Koalska also scored. Norfolk leader scorer Martin St. Pierre has nine points (4+5=9) in just three games against the B-Sens this season. Carl Corazzini has five leads the Admirals with five goals in five games against Binghamton. Netminder Corey Crawford is 2-1 between the pipes, with a 1.97 goals-against-average.
SENS PRATICE SCHEDULE: (Subject to change without notification)
Monday, March 5 Off
Tuesday, March 6 10:00 a.m. Arena
Wednesday, March 7 Travel (no practice)
Thursday, March 8 Travel (no practice)
Friday, March 9 Travel (@Norfolk 7:15 p.m.)
Saturday, March 10 Travel (@Norfolk 7:15 p.m.)
The B-Sens set a new franchise record for fewest combined penalty minutes (6) in Sundays game against Albany. Binghamton had just two two-minute minors, while Albany had just one. Winger Shawn Collymore scored his first AHL goal on Friday night against Philadelphia. Jeff Heerema is three points shy of 300 for his AHL career. Josh Hennessy is one goal short of his total (24) from last season with Cleveland.
POINTS: HEEREMA (28+21=49), HENNESSY (23+21=44), EBBETT (12+28=40)
GOALS: HEEREMA (28), HENNESSY (23), PECKER (15)
ASSISTS: EBBETT (28), VESCE (25),
PPG: HEEREMA & VESCE (8)
SHG: EBBETT & HENNESSY (4)
GWG: HENNESSY (4), HEEREMA (3)
WINS: GUARD (9)
GAA: GUARD (3.43)
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