LAST WEEK: The B-Sens (16-16-3-2, 37 pts.) were 1-2 last week including a 5-4 shootout victory of Manchester on Saturday night.
MONDAY, DECEMBER 31st vs. BRIDGPORT (2-3 L): Rookie Tyler Donati scored the game-tying goal five minutes into the third period before winger Jeff Tambellini spoiled the B-Sens comeback effort with his 19th marker of the season to propel the Sound Tigers past the B-Sens by a 3-2 final. Defenseman Geoff Waugh netted his second goal of the year, an unassisted tally in the middle period. Niko Dimitrakos and Josh Hennessy assisted on Donatiís goal. Netminder Brian Elliott stopped 34 shots in the losing effort. This marked the first time the B-Sens have lost a New Yearís Eve game, as the club was 5-0-0-0 dating back to the 2002-03 inaugural season.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 4th @ PORTLAND (2-4 L): The Pirates jumped out to a 3-0 advantage before rookie Ilya Zubov buried a season-high two goals to get the B-Sens back in the game. Portland got two goals from center Geoff Platt and one goal from Brendan Mikkelson through the first 30 minutes. Zubov buried his first of the night, on the assist from Alexander Nikulin late in the period then found the net again at the 14:00 mark of the final period. Portland added a late empty-net goal to make it a 4-2 final.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 5th @ MANCHESTER (5-4 W): Winger Niko Dimitrakos buried two goals and added one assist before netting two goals in the shootout round to power the B-Sens to a 5-4 shootout win over the Manchester Monarchs on Saturday night. Dimitrakos and Lawrence Nycholat each lit the lamp in the first period to stake Binghamton to a 2-0 lead. Dimitrakos added to that lead early in the second with his 11th goal of the season, a short-handed unassisted tally. The Monarchs stormed back with three goals of their own, two off the stick of Matt Moulson. With the score tied at 3, Scott May gave Binghamton the lead with his first AHL marker of the year. Matt Ryan scored the game-tying goal late in the final period to force overtime. After a scoreless overtime session, the B-Sens converted on 4 of 6 shootout markers to take the 5-4 win.
THIS WEEK: The B-Sens enter a very busy week, playing four games in five days for the second time this season.
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 9th @ HAMILTON (7:30): The B-Sens are still looking for their first victory against the defending Calder Cup champion Bulldogs. Hamilton handed Binghamton a 5-1 defeat in the Sens first visit of the season to Copps Coliseum. Center Justin Mapletoft has points in both games with Hamilton this year, with a goal on Nov. 17 in Binghamton and an assist on Dec. 7 in Hamilton. Netminder Jeff Glass started both games against the Bulldogs this season. Niko Dimitrakos has seven points (2+5=7) in his last five games.
FRIDAY, JANUARY 11h vs. BRIDGEPORT (7:05): The B-Sens and Sound Tigers have split the four games thus far, with Binghamton winning the first two and Bridgeport taking wins in each of the last two contests. Eleven different players contributed points in the B-Sens 5-2 over the Sound Tigers on Nov. 2. The B-Sens will have to contain leading scorer Jeff Tambellini, whoís 22 goals are good for second in the AHL. He leads the team in points (41), goals (22), power-play goals (7) and short-handed goals (5).
SATURDAY, JANUARY 12th vs. MANCHESTER (7:05): The B-Sens will look to make it two straight weekends with wins over the Monarchs. Manchester is led by Teddy Purcell and his 47 points (12+35=47). Brian Boyle has 16 markers to lead the way for Manchester.
SUNDAY, JANUARY 13th @ BRIDGEPORT (4:00): The B-Sens are currently two points ahead of Bridgeport in the East Division. The B-Sens head back to the Arena at Harbor Yard for the second time this season. The Sound Tigers handed the B-Sens a 2-1 defeat back on Dec. 15. Ilya Zubov scored the lone goal for Binghamton, while Brian Elliott stopped 28 shots in net. The Sunday contest will be the first in four weeks for the B-Sens. Playing on Sundays has been a good thing for the B-Sens, as they have a 3-0-0-0 record so far this season.
SENS IN THE COMMUNITY: The Binghamton Senators once again team with the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) for the 2008 Spaghetti On Ice. The event will take place on Monday, Jan. 7 from 6:05 to 8:05 p.m. at the Holiday Inn Arena.
SENS SNIPPETS: Niko Dimitrakos has ten points (3+7=10) in his last ten games. Defenseman Matt Carkner needs one point for 100 in his AHL career. Scott May buried his first AHL marker this season in Manchester on Saturday night.
THE COUNTDOWN TO 200: With their victory over Manchester on Saturday night, the B-Sens are just two wins shy of 200 in franchise history. Defenseman Lawrence Nycholatís next assist will be his 200th AHL assist.
POINTS: DIMITRAKOS (11+15=26), HAMEL (17+8=25), HENNESSY (10+15=25) & NYCHOLAT (7+18=25)
GOALS: HAMEL (17), DIMITRAKOS (11), HENNESSY (10)
ASSISTS: NYCHOLAT (18), LEE (17), NIKULIN (16)
PPG: HAMEL (7), HENNESSY & ZUBOV (4)
SHG: MAPLETOFT (4), BOIS (2)
GWG: HAMEL (4), DONATI (3), HENNESSY (2)
WINS: GLASS (9)
GAA: GLASS (2.49)
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