HEAD-TO-HEAD: The Senators holds a 3-1-0-0-0 (W-L-T-OTL-SOL) advantage in the all-time series and won both of the meetings last season. Tonight’s game is the first match up of the season between the teams – they will meet only five days from now in Manchester to wrap up a brief two-game series. Manchester last visited the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena on Jan. 21, 2005, a game won 4-1 by Binghamton.
BINGHAMTON SENATORS: Binghamton won its second straight game last night 4-2 in Syracuse. The Senators built a 3-0 lead behind goals from LANCE WARD, DENIS HAMEL and CHARLIE STEPHENS. MARK HARTIGAN then got his team on the board with a power-play goal in the second period, but BRANDON BOCHENSKI answered with his 19th goal of the season. Both teams scored twice in seven power-play tries and HAMEL scored his league-leading 19th power-play goal of the season, adding to his franchise-record total. Goalie KELLY GUARD stopped 36 of 38 shots and earned first-star honors for the Senators.
DENIS HAMEL is only one goal shy of tying the single-season franchise record that he established last year. With two goals, HAMEL will have his first career 40-goal season. The B-Sens captain is only two games shy of tying CHRISTOPH SCHUBERT’S franchise record of 216 regular season games played….Binghamton comes into tonight’s game with the second most penalty minutes in the AHL, only three behind Philadelphia’s league-leading 1,740. Meanwhile, Manchester has the lowest penalty-minute total in the league with 977…Defenseman FILIP NOVAK is third among all AHL defenseman with 40 assists. LANCE WARD is second among defensemen with 237 penalty minutes.
B-SENS STREAKS: Center CHARLIE STEPHENS has points in eight straight games (3 goals, 6 assists), a new career high. Winger JEFF HEEREMA (1 goal, 4 assists) and defenseman FILIP NOVAK (1 goal, 6 assists) have points in three straight games. HEEREMA has points (4 goals, 17 assists) in 13 of his last 15 games dating back to Jan. 29 in Wilkes-Barre. Wingers BRANDON BOCHENSKI (4 goals) and DENIS HAMEL (2 goals, 1 assist) have points in two straight games. Binghamton has scored a power-play goal in five straight games, going eight of 27 (29.6%) during the stretch.
B-SENS TRANSACTIONS: Goalie BILLY THOMPSON was recalled from loan on Monday by Ottawa (NHL). The call up to the NHL is Billy’s first. As a result, the Ottawa Senators reassigned goalie JEFF GLASS from Charlotte (ECHL) to Binghamton (AHL).
MANCHESTER MONARCHS: Manchester is wrapping up a season-high stretch of six straight games away from home tonight. The Monarchs have a record of 1-4-0-0 so far during the stretch. After tonight’s game, the Monarchs return to New Hampshire for five straight games on home ice, beginning next Friday night when the Binghamton Senators visit. Last night, Manchester trailed 2-0 entering the third period, but winger LAURI TUKONEN scored a power-play goal only 1:54 into the final session to pull his team to within one. But the Penguins again took a two-goal lead before former B-Sen BRAD SMYTH pulled Manchester back to a single-goal deficit with his 27th tally of the season. But winger JONATHAN FILEWICH responded only 24 seconds after SMYTH’S goal to put the game out of reach. Manchester converted on one of five power plays while holding the Penguins scoreless in three attempts. ADAM HAUSER stopped 19 of 23 shots in the loss for Manchester.
Forward JEFF TAMBELLINI is fourth among rookies in goals (25), sixth in assists (31) and fourth in plus/minus (+17).
MONARCHS STREAKS: Defenseman MARK ARDELAN has points in three straight games (1 goal, 3 assists). Winger LAURI TUKONEN (1 goal, 1 assist) and defenseman DENIS GREBESHKOV (2 assists) have points in two straight games. Goalie ADAM HAUSER has lost three straight starts.
MONARCHS TRANSACTIONS: No recent transactions.
OTTAWA SENATORS UPDATE: Ottawa improved to a perfect 7-0-0 in the Battle of Ontario this season as they beat the Toronto Maple Leafs 4-2 last night behind a 24 save performance by goalie RAY EMERY and goals by former B-Sens PATRICK EAVES and BRIAN POTHIER. Winger DANY HEATLEY scored the game-winning goal as the Senators won their third straight game since coming back from the Olympic break. Next up for Ottawa is a game on Monday night in Tampa against the defending Stanley Cup champion Lightning.