LAST WEEK: Binghamton won two of three games last week and begins the last week of February tied for first place in the East Division with Philadelphia.
THURSDAY, FEB. 17TH vs. BRIDGEPORT (0-4 L): The Senators and Sound Tigers were locked in a scoreless tie until Bridgeport tallied four goals in a span of just under seven minutes late in the second period. RAY EMERY had gone 103 minutes and 48 seconds without allowing a goal when JIM CAMPBELL found the back of the net with 10:22 remaining in the middle period. ANTOINE VERMETTE was assessed double minors for roughing and elbowing at 16:26 of the period giving Bridgeport a brief five-on-three power play which led to a ROB COLLINS goal. Defenseman RYAN CALDWELL scored less than a minutes later to give Bridgeport a 4-0 lead. BILLY THOMPSON replaced EMERY at the beginning of the third period and stopped all five shots he faced. Former B.C. Icemen goalie DIETER KOCHAN stopped all 45 Binghamton shots to earn the victory. Binghamton was 0 for 7 with the man advantage while the Sound Tigers converted on 2 of 3 power-play opportunities.
FRIDAY, FEB. 18TH @ SYRACUSE (2-1 W): BRANDON BOCHENSKI scored his team-leading sixth game-winning goal at 8:59 of the second period and BILLY THOMPSON stopped 38 of 39 shots as the Sens won against Syracuse for the sixth time in seven chances. THOMPSON’S 13th win of the season tied his win total from a season ago. JOSH LANGFELD scored the game’s first goal at 4:22 of the middle period and JEFF PANZER scored the final goal of the contest for Syracuse at 1:48 of the third period. Tempers flared less than four minutes into the game with Binghamton’s BRIAN McGRATTAN, DANNY BOIS, NEIL KOMADOSKI and GREG WATSON tangling with AARON JOHNSON, ANDRE LAKOS, and JEREMY REICH of Syracuse. A total of 102 penalty minutes were called between the teams at 3:41 of the first period. Binghamton did not score in their only power-play chance of the game while Syracuse was 0 for 2 on the power play.
SATURDAY, FEB. 19TH @ MANCHESTER (7-2 W): The Sens scored three goals in the first period including the short-handed game winner from defenseman CHRISTOPH SCHUBERT that was shot from the opposite end of the ice and skipped over the glove of Monarchs goalie ADAM HAUSER after traveling about 180 feet. The game’s first goal came from the stick of rookie BRANDON BOCHENSKI. JASON SPEZZA’S assist on the BOCHENSKI goal was his first of five points on the night setting a new franchise record for points in a single game. Four of SPEZZA’S points came in the third period when he assisted on goals by NEIL KOMADOSKI, BOCHENSKI and DENIS HAMEL before scoring one himself. BOCHENSKI recorded his first professional four-point game with two goals and two assists against Manchester. BILLY THOMPSON started his second consecutive game and stopped 28 of 30 shots in the win. Binghamton was 2 for 4 on the power play while holding Manchester without a goal in five chances.
THIS WEEK: The Senators enjoy a light week with a single game on the schedule. The Sens will head to Albany on Friday for a 7 p.m. showdown with the River Rats.
FRIDAY, FEB. 25TH @ ALBANY (7 p.m.): The Sens and River Rats will meet Friday for the eighth of 10 games between the squads this season. Binghamton has a record of 3-2-1-1 against Albany in 2004-2005. BRIAN POTHIER is the Sens leading scorer in the series with eight points (1g, 7a) in seven games. Albany forward ALEKSANDRE SUGLOBOV also has eight points (5g, 3a) in seven games. Binghamton’s power play has scored on 12 of 43 (27.9%) chances against Albany this season.
SENS SNIPPETS: JASON SPEZZA’S five-point game on Saturday marks the fourth time SPEZZA has scored four points or more in a game this season. It also is the second time in franchise history that two Senators have scored four points or more in the same game. The first occasion was on Oct. 29, 2004 when SPEZZA (2g, 2a) and CHRIS KELLY (1g, 3a) each had four points in the same game against Norfolk…The win in Manchester improves Binghamton’s record when leading after the first period to 21-1-1-2. Only Manchester has won more games (26) when leading after the first period…DENIS HAMEL’S power-play goal against Manchester was his 14h of the season, eclipsing the franchise record of 13 set by ANTOINE VERMETTE during the team’s inaugural season in 2002-2003…CHRISTOPH SCHUBERT’S short-handed goal on Saturday was Binghamton’s 14th of the season – tying the franchise record also set during the 2002-2003 season…Binghamton is currently on a three-game winning streak away from Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, but on a three-game winless streak at home…SPEZZA remains in the league lead with 79 points (24g, 55a). SPEZZA played in his 100th AHL contest on Saturday in Manchester. He now has recorded 46 goals, 87 assists, 133 points and 121 penalty minutes in his AHL career…BRANDON BOCHENSKI increased his lead in the rookie scoring race with five points last week (3g, 2a). He now has 47 points this season (24g, 23a).
B-SENS ON THE AIR: All Binghamton Senators games are broadcast live on 680-WINR, a Clear Channel station. Fans can also access the broadcasts online at www.binghamtonsenators.com. Tune in 30 minutes prior to faceoff for Countdown to Faceoff with the voice of the Binghamton Senators, Grady Whittenburg.
GET YOUR TICKETS: Tickets remain on sale for each of the B-Sens remaining regular season home games. Tickets are $15 for the sides and $14 for the ends. Fans can purchase tickets at the following locations: Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena box office (Monday – Friday, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. and Saturday, 12 p.m. – 5 p.m.), Binghamton Senators executive office, third floor of the arena (Monday – Friday, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. and on game days until the end of the second period.), www.ticketmaster.com or by calling (607) 722-SENS.