LAST WEEK: The B-Sens (27-26-5-4, 63 pts.) dropped three of four games this past week and remain in sixth place of the East Division, six points behind Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and a playoff position.
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27th ALBANY (2-6 L): The Albany River Rats netted four goals in the first 8:40 of the opening period on Wednesday night on their way to a 6-2 win over the Binghamton Senators. Niko Dimitrakos and Greg Mauldin scored for the B-Sens. Binghamton fired 16 shots on Albany netminder Michael Leighton during the second period, but we unable to find the back of the net. Pat Dwyer and Joe Jensen each buried two goals for Albany.
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 29th @ PHILADELPHIA (3-2 W): Center Josh Hennessy tallied the game-tying unassisted goal with less than two minutes in regulation and followed with one of Binghamton’s shootout markers to lead the B-Sens to a 3-2 win over the Phantoms on Friday night at Wachovia Spectrum. Hennessy tallied on the B-Sens fourth attempt before Niko Dimitrakos netted the game-winning shootout marker in the seventh round. Dimitrakos leads the B-Sens with five shootout goals and three game-winning shootout markers. Netminder Brian Elliott turned away 36 shots, including seven in overtime, before stopping six of seven shootout attempts by Philadelphia.
SATURDAY, MARCH 1st @ BRIDGEPORT (2-3 L): Rookie Ilya Zubov put home a power-play marker at 6:59 of the opening period to stake the B-Sens to a 1-0 lead. Danny Bois and Josh Hennessy assisted. Winger Steve Regier connected for the eventual game-winner late in the second stanza, taking a feed from rookie Kyle Okposo and slipping it past netminder Brian Elliott. The B-Sens made things interesting late in the third period when Niko Dimitrakos took a Josh Hennessy feed and buried it past Joey MacDonald to get the B-Sens within one goal. With the loss, the B-Sens are now 4-3 this season against the Sound Tigers. Josh Henessy finished the game with two assists, his second straight two-point effort.
SUNDAY, MARCH 2nd vs. WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON (2-4 L): Binghamton jumped out to a 2-0 first period lead, after Hamel lifted a rebound off the end boards over Penguins goalie John Curry and Bois blasted a one-timer past Curry eight minutes later. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Ned Havern scored the lone goal of the second frame, sneaking a puck past B-Sens netminder Brian Elliott from the right side of the crease off a feed from the corner. Alain Nasreddine tied the game at 2-2 for the Penguins 6:47 into the final stanza after his shot from the point found the back of the net after pinballing through a crowd in front of Elliott. Tim Brent provided the game-winner with a little over seven minutes left in the game when a centering pass deflected off his knee and past Elliott. Ryan Stone added an empty net marker at 19:05 to seal the victory for the Penguins.
THIS WEEK: The B-Sens have a rare trip to Providence sandwiched in between games against the River Rats. Albany (35-24-1-3, 74 pts.) has been red hot over the past two weeks, going 8-1-1-0 over the last 10 games and climbing to second place in the East Division. Providence (42-14-2-1, 87 pts.) controls the Atlantic Division with a five-point lead on Hartford. However, the once unbeatable Bruins have lost two straight and are 5-5-0-0 in the last ten games.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 5 vs. ALBANY (7:05) & SATURDAY, MARCH 8th @ ALBANY (in Glens Falls) (7:00): The B-Sens face their toughest divisional opponent twice this week, first with a Wednesday tilt in Binghamton and then on Saturday night at the Glens Falls Civic Center. The B-Sens edged the River Rats in a shootout for their lone win of the season on Feb. 13. Albany netminder Michael Leighton has a 2.12 goals-against-average and a .931 save percentage.
FRIDAY, MARCH 7th @ PROVIDENCE (7:05): The B-Sens head east to for their lone visit to Providence this season. Pascal Pelletier leads the attack for the Bruins with 28 goals and 28 assists. Martins Karsums has 35 helpers, tops on the squad. All-Star netminder Tuukka Rask is 22-8-0-0 in net this season.
POINTS: HAMEL (28+19=47)
GOALS: HAMEL (28), ZUBOV (15)
ASSISTS: NYCHOLAT (30), NIKULIN (28)
PPG: HAMEL (13), NYCHOLAT & ZUBOV (6)
SHG: MAPLETOFT (7), HAMEL (3)
GWG: HAMEL (5), HENNESSY & DONATI (3)
WINS: GLASS (14)
GAA: GLASS (2.78)
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