02/18/06
BINGHAMTON SENATORS vs. PHILADELPHIA PHANTOMS GAME PREVIEW

HEAD-TO-HEAD:  Philadelphia makes their third trip of the season to the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena tonight.  So far this season, the Phantoms hold a 4-0-0-1 advantage against Binghamton.  Former Binghamton winger PAT KAVANAGH leads all players in scoring in the series with eight points (4 goals, 4 assists), including a hat trick in Binghamton on Nov. 13, 2005.        

BINGHAMTON SENATORS:  Binghamton came back from 3-1 and 4-2 deficits on Friday night to beat the Americans in Rochester for a third straight time.  BRANDON BOCHENSKI’S second goal of the game tied it up with only 32 seconds remaining in regulation.  After a scoreless overtime, JEFF HEEREMA scored the only goal of the shootout.  HEEREMA tied a career high with four assists in the win.  He also had four assists for the Manitoba Moose on Oct. 15, 2004 in Rochester.  Binghamton was able to tie the game late on a power-play created by a five-minute high-sticking major given to defenseman BRANDON SMITH.  KELLY GUARD stopped 29 of 33 shots in the win while JEAN-MARC PELLETIER made 36 saves on 40 shots.  The game was Binghamton’s fourth straight away from the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena (Wednesday’s home game was played in Utica, NY) and last night’s win gave them a 2-2-0-0 mark during the stretch.   

Last night marked Binghamton’s first road shootout win in more than a year.  Prior to last night, the Senators last shootout win away from home came on Dec. 19, 2004 in a 3-2 win against Philadelphia…JAN PLATIL recorded his 500th penalty minute of his AHL career in Wednesday’s 9-4 loss to Syracuse in Utica.  He received 10 more PIMs last night for a gross misconduct that resulted in a two-game suspension.  He will miss tonight’s game and tomorrow’s home contest against the Syracuse Crunch.  BRANDON BOCHENSKI is one game shy of 100 for his AHL career.  In 99 games, he has recorded 103 points (47 goals, 56 assists) and 20 power-play goals… 

B-SENS STREAKS:  BRANDON BOCHENSKI has points in three straight games (5 goals, 4 assists).  JEFF HEEREMA (1 goal, 6 assists) and captain DENIS HAMEL (2 goals, 2 assists) also have points in three straight games.    

B-SENS TRANSACTIONS:  BRANDON BOCHENSKI was returned on loan from Ottawa on Friday, Feb. 10.  He had been recalled the previous day.    

PHILADELPHIA PHANTOMS:  The Chicago Wolves escaped from the Wachovia Spectrum with a 2-1 shootout win in a rematch of last year’s Calder Cup Finals that were won by the Phantoms in a 4-0 sweep.  TONY VOCE had the Phantoms’ lone goal while SCOTT BARNEY scored for Chicago.  With a two-referee system in place, Chicago was granted 12 power-plays, but was held by the Phantoms to only one goal, BARNEY’S five-on-three tally.  VOCE also scored a five-on-three goal for the Phantoms.  Chicago scored on their first three shootout attempts and Philadelphia’s JOHN SLANEY was denied on Philly’s final attempt in the fifth round. 

PHANTOMS STREAKS:  Left wing TONY VOCE has goals in two straight games (5 goals), including a team record four-goal game in Chicago last Saturday.  Right wing STEPHAN RUZICKA has assists in two straight games (3 assists).  Center MATT ELLISON has points in two straight games (1 goal, 1 assist).  Goalie MARTIN HOULE is winless in his last eight starts since a Dec. 28 win against Norfolk.   

PHANTOMS TRANSACTIONS:  Goalie REJEAN BEAUCHEMIN was reassigned by Philadelphia (NHL) to Trenton (ECHL) on Tuesday.  Right wing PAT KAVANAGH was returned on loan from Philadelphia on Monday.    

OTTAWA SENATORS UPDATE:  Ottawa went into the Olympic break in first place in the Northeast Division.  With a 37-14-5 record and 79 points, the Ottawa Senators are two points ahead of the Buffalo Sabres.  The Sens are outscoring the opposition 223 to 137.  Ottawa will return to action on Wednesday, March 1 with a game in Pittsburgh against the Penguins.    

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