LAST WEEK: The Senators (21-47-4-5, 51 pts.) were 1-2 this past week, including a commanding 4-1 win over Hershey on Wednesday.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 4TH vs. HERSHEY (4-1 W):
Leading scorer Jeff Heerema lead the offensive attack for Binghamton, scoring two markers while netminder Brian Elliott collected 40 saves. Heerema buried his 31st marker of the season midway through the second period. With the teams skating 4-on-4, Josh Hennessy chased a Hershey defenseman behind the net and Jeff Heerema raced in from the left boards to intercept the puck just outside the crease. Heerema tapped it by Frederic Cassivi to give the Senators a 1-0 lead. Heerema broke the 1-1 tie in final minute of the second stanza. Following a face off in the Hershey zone, Heerema gathered a loose puck which had bounced off Cassivi’s pads and tapped it into the corner of the net to make a 2-1 contest. Elliott made 30 saves in the first two periods. The Bears were threatening on the power play late in the third period when rookie Andrew Ebbett stole the puck in the Binghamton zone and raced down the ice, weaving around a Hershey defenseman. Ebbett’s initial shot was stopped, but Ebbett followed the rebound behind the cage and snapped a shot at Cassivi’s skates. The puck bounced off of Cassivi’s skates and into the net for Ebbett’s fifth short-handed marker this season. Winger Danny Bois, who missed the previous two games with a neck injury, finished the scoring with a late-empty netter to give the Senators a 4-1 win. Ebbett had two points (1+1=2) on the night, while Charlie Cook and Josh Hennessy added helpers.
FRIDAY, APRIL 6TH vs. ALBANY (3-7 L):
The Senators could not overcome an early 3-0 deficit, as the River Rats cruised to a 7-3 victory to keep pace for the fourth and final playoff position in the East Division. The loss snapped a two-game win streak for Binghamton. Charlie Cook, Jeff Heerema, and Cory Pecker each collected goals. Heerema’s goal gave him 33 on the season, tying his career-high which he set during the 2001-02 season with Lowell. Newcomer Cody Bass had an assist in his first game with Binghamton. The River Rats ended netminder Brian Elliott’s night early, as the rookie allowed three goals in the first period before being relieved by Kelly Guard. Albany captain Keith Aucoin had a three-point night (1+2=3), while defenseman Johnny Boychuck buried two goals.
SATURDAY, APRIL 7th vs. WORCESTER (6-7 L):
The B-Sens and Sharks battled in a high-scoring contest on Saturday night at the Arena. Defenseman JF David had a career-night against the Sharks, collecting four points (2+2=4) to lead the B-Sens, while Ryan Vesce added three helpers on the night. David gave the B-Sens a 1-0 lead midway through the first period, as he collected a rebound off a Cory Pecker shot and put it past Thomas Greiss. Following a Garrett Stafford marker, Arttu Luttinen netted his 11th marker of the year to once again give the B-Sens a one-goal advantage. Charlie Cook smashed a one-timer which bounced off Greiss and into Luttinen’s possession, and Luttinen tapped it home. David netted his second marker off an Andrew Ebbett rebound, slipping it into a wide-open back door just as Luttinen did on the previous B-Sens goal. Leading scorer Jeff Heerema buried his 34th goal of the year, a new career-high, on a wild play. Netminder Jeff Glass played a puck behind the B-Sens cage and was caught out of position by Worcester. Following a struggle for the loose puck, the Sharks emerge with a shot on a partially vacated net. The shot missed and winger Ryan Vesce gained possession and sent an ice long pass to Heerema who advanced on a solo rush and snapped home the Senators fourth goal of the night. Rookie Andrew Ebbett, along with winger Danny Bois buried two markers in the third period for the Senators. The Sharks kept the pressure on, taking advantage of two late Binghamton penalties to tie the game and force overtime. Graham Mink buried the game-winning power-play goal 1:39 into overtime.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11h &
FRIDAY APRIL 13th @ ALBANY (7:00):
The River Rats have a 4-2 advantage in the season series with the Senators following the 7-3 win on Friday. The B-Sens defeated the Rats 6-5 in Albany back on Feb. 2. Albany captain Keith Aucoin powers the Albany attack with 95 points (26+69=95). The center has registered eight points (4+4=8) in five games against the B-Sens.
SATURDAY, APRIL 14th vs. HERSHEY (7:05):
The Senators are looking for their second consecutive win over the defending champions to close out the 2006-07 season. The Bears currently sit in first place in the Eastern Conference, and look to repeat as Calder Cup champions. Alexandre Giroux’s 41 markers lead the high-scoring Hershey offense. B-Sens winger Jeff Heerema has four goals against Hershey.
SENS PRATICE SCHEDULE:
Mon. Apr 9 Arena 10-12
Tues. Apr 10 Arena 10 – 12
Wed. Apr 11 @ Albany
Thur. Apr 12 Arena 10 - 12
Fri. Apr 13 @ Albany
Sat. Apr 14 vs. Hershey
** All practices and times subject to change without notice**
Winger Jeff Heerema set a career-high on Saturday night with his 34th marker of the season, besting his 2001-02 total of 33 with Lowell. Andrew Ebbett buried his fifth short-handed marker of the season against Hershey, tying him with Matt Ellis (Grand Rapids) and Derek MacKenzie (Chicago) for the AHL lead. Ebbett needs one more short-handed tally to tie the Senators franchise record of six, set by Josh Langfeld during the 2004-05 season.
POINTS: HEEREMA (34+30=64), EBBETT (26+36=62), HENNESSY (26+30=56)
GOALS: HEEREMA (34), EBBETT & HENNESSY (26)
ASSISTS: EBBETT (36), VESCE (34), HEEREMA & HENNESSY (30)
PPG: HEEREMA (10), HENNESSY & VESCE (8)
SHG: EBBETT (5), HENNESSY (4)
GWG: HEEREMA & HENNESSY (4)
WINS: GUARD (10)
GAA: GUARD (3.45)
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