02/12/05
B-SENS REGAIN SOLE POSSESSION OF 1ST PLACE IN THE EAST DESPITE SHOOTOUT SET BACK

Goalies Billy Thompson and Wade Dubielewicz combined to stop 56 of 58 shots during regulation and overtime before the Bridgeport Sound Tigers prevailed in a shootout Friday evening in Connecticut. The point earned by the Sens gives Binghamton sole possession of first place in the East Division in John Paddock’s 1,000th game behind an American Hockey League bench.

Binghamton got on the board first with all-star defenseman Anton Volchenkov’s sixth goal of the season only 85 seconds into the game.

After a scoreless second period the Sound Tigers evened the score with a Rob Collins goal early in the third.

Rob Collins and John Morlang scored for the Sound Tigers in the shootout while Antoine Vermette scored the lone B-Sens tally.

The Senators have now lost seven straight games - tying the franchise record set between Feb. 22 and March 3 last season.

Billy Thompson made 21 saves in the loss while Wade Dubielewicz stopped 39 of 40 shots.

Neither team scored on the power play with the Senators going scoreless in two chances and the Sound Tigers failing to convert on five opportunities.

The Senators will travel to Albany for a rare Saturday afternoon showdown with the River Rats at 4 p.m.. Tune into WINR 680-AM at 3:30 p.m. for Countdown to Face Off with Grady Whittenburg.

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