LAST WEEK: The Binghamton Senators (23-48-4-5, 55 pts.) finished the 2006-07 season winning two of three games this past week, including a dramatic comeback win over Albany on Friday night.
WEDNESDAY, APRIL 11th @ ALBANY (0-4 L):
The Binghamton Senators were held to just 18 total shots as the Albany River Rats skated to a 4-0 shutout victory on Wednesday night at the Times Union Center. Albany captain Keith Aucoin had three assists on the night, while Shane Willis buried two markers to pace the River Rats. Binghamton rookie netminder Brian Elliott made 35 saves in the losing effort.
FRIDAY, APRIL 13TH @ ALBANY (5-4 W):
Rookie winger Kaspars Daugavins buried two markers, including the game-winner in overtime, as the Binghamton Senators stormed back against the Albany River Rats to claim a 5-4 victory on Friday night. Daugavins staked Binghamton to a 1-0 lead early, as the rookie netted his first AHL goal at 3:45 of the first period. The River Rats responded with three unanswered goals to close out the first period scoring. Albany held the two-goal advantage until Arttu Luttinen buried his 12th marker of the year past netminder Tyler Weiman late in the second period. Leading scorer Jeff Heerema knotted the game at three apiece just forty-four seconds into the final period, as the winger netted his 35th of the year. Albany took advantage of a Charlie Cook hooking call when Keith Aucoin slipped a power-play tally past Brian Elliott to give the Rats a 4-3 lead. Cook made up for his hooking call as the defenseman buried the game-tying goal at 18:24 of the third period. Andrew Ebbett added his third assist of the night on the Cook goal. Daugavins capped the Senators comeback just 2:13 into overtime, with Cook assisting on the game-winner. Daugavins finished the night with two goals and a +4 rating. Netminder Brian Elliott had 21 saves in his third victory of the year.
SATURDAY, APRIL 14th vs. HERSHEY (2-1 W):
Josh Hennessy teamed with Ryan Vesce on the opening marker of the night. Vesce took the Hennessy pass and dumped it behind him for a trailing Hennessy. Hennessy blasted a one-timer from just outside the right faceoff circle past netminder Frederick Cassivi to give Binghamton a 1-0 lead. Following a Hershey power-play goal midway through the second period, Heerema gave Binghamton the lead for good at 17:30 of the second period. With Cory Pecker in the penalty box on an unsportsmanlike conduct call, Heerema gathered a loose puck in near the Senators’ blue line. Heerema worked up the left boards into the Bears zone, snapping a wrist shot past Cassivi. The short-handed marker was the fourth of the year for Binghamton, and the game-winner was his team-leading fifth of the year. Netminder Kelly Guard stopped 23 shots through two periods before Jeff Glass entered the game for the third period. Glass held off the late Hershey charge, stopping all 14 shot attempts in the final period.
Winger Jeff Heerema finished the season with a team-high 36 markers, also a new career-high. The 27-year-old also led Binghamton with 67 points. Andrew Ebbett capped a standout rookie campaign with 65 points (26+39=65). The University of Michigan graduate led the B-Sens with five short-handed goals, tied for the league lead with four other players. Ebbett’s +7 rating also was tops on the Senators. All-Star center Josh Hennessy finished the year with 27 markers, three more then his rookie season a year ago in Cleveland (24). Winger Cory Pecker finished with AHL career-highs in points (47) and assists (30). Defenseman Charlie Cook had a breakthrough year with 35 points (11+24=35), 20 points better then his rookie campaign in Philadelphia last season.
POINTS: HEEREMA (36+31=67), EBBETT (26+39=65), HENNESSY (27+30=57)
GOALS: HEEREMA (36), HENNESSY (27), EBBETT (26)
ASSISTS: EBBETT (39), VESCE (35), HEEREMA (31)
PPG: HEEREMA (10), HENNESSY & VESCE (8)
SHG: EBBETT (5), HEEREMA & HENNESSY (4)
GWG: HEEREMA (5), HENNESSY (4)
WINS: GUARD (11)
GAA: GUARD (3.42)