A loss in regulation on Friday night would have mathematically eliminated the Binghamton Senators from playoff contention. Instead, the Sens kept their playoff dreams alive with a decisive 4-0 victory over the team they are chasing in the standings, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. With the two points, Binghamton sits seven points out of the postseason with only five games left to play. The win marked Binghamton’s third in a row.
The Senators jumped on top of Bridgeport early and took a 2-0 lead into the dressing room after one period of play. The Binghamton defense chipped in with a very stingy period, holding the Sound Tigers to a mere four shots on goal through the opening 20 minutes.
Grant Potulny got Binghamton on the board first, extending his point-scoring streak to three games, at the 7:09 mark of the opening frame. Potulny took a pass from Charlie Stephens and found himself all alone on Bridgeport goaltender Wade Dubielewicz. A little bit of great stick-handling is all it took for Potulny to create room between the net minder and post where he was able to slip the puck for his 22nd goal of the year. Stephens and Jeff Heerema picked up the helpers.
Then Bobby Robins did his part in giving the Sens that two-goal lead. With 51 seconds remaining in the opening period, Robins found the back of the net for the third time this season. Joe Cullen and Gregg Johnson factored into the scoring with the assists on Robins’ goal.
In the middle period it was much of the same from Binghamton.
Jeff Heerema picked up his second point of the evening and 25th goal of the season with his marker at the 1:19 mark of the second period. Potulny and Stephens each registered their second point of the game with assists on the third Binghamton goal.
Binghamton held tough through the third period and in the end was able to seal the win when Joe Cullen fired the puck into an empty net for his seventh goal of the season. Gregg Johnson picked up his second assist of the night on the goal.
Kelly Guard stopped all 23 shots that he faced in his 24th win of the season while Wade Dubielewicz made 25 saves on 28 shots.
Neither team could generate any offense via the power play as Binghamton closed out the night 0 for 2 and Bridgeport 0 for 4.
The Sens are in action again on Saturday night, as the Rochester Americans will make their final trip to the Arena for a 7:05p.m. face off. Saturday will also be the Binghamton Hockey Hall of Fame inductions, which will take place prior to the opening face off.