The Binghamton Senators wrapped up their final road trip of the 2005-06 season on Saturday night by dropping their third straight contest, 8-3 at the hands of the Hershey Bears.
Binghamton found a way onto the scoreboard first when rookie Bobby Robins made an outstanding play for the 1-0 lead. From the seat of his pants, Robins found the puck lying in from of him and somehow put the backhand shot on goal and past the Hershey net minder. Joe Cullen and Gregg Johnson registered the assists on Robins’ 4th goal of the season, at the 3:58 mark of the opening frame.
The two clubs then traded goals, as the Sens were able to take a 2-1 lead into the dressing room after one period.
Joey Tenute evened the score for Hershey when a centering pass from his stick deflected off of Binghamton defenseman Brad Norton and past Binghamton’s starting goalie Kelly Guard. Tenute got credit for his 19th goal of the year while Mike Green and Stephen Werner picked up the helpers on the tying goal.
But ex-Bear Charlie Stephens re-took the lead for the good guys in red with his 22nd goal of the season at the 16:25 mark of the first. Jeff Heerema made a beautiful backhand pass from the end boards and Stephens appeared to catch Frederic Cassivi off guard to give Binghamton a 2-1 advantage.
From there it was all Hershey in the second period.
Kelly Guard was pulled from the game after the first period due to an apparent injury and in came Billy Thompson to relieve.
Hershey then got four straight goals to open up a 5-2 lead in the second period.
Tomas Fleischmann, Graham Mink, Kris Beech and Chris Bourque each picked up second period tallies to open up that three-goal advantage for the hometown Bears.
But Denis Hamel would close the gap to 5-3 and set a new Binghamton AHL record for most goals in a season with his 55th of the year. Tomas Malec and Gregg Johnson picked up the helpers. For Johnson it was his second assist of the night.
Joey Tenute made it a three-goal game again with his second goal of the night and 20th of the season at the 8:34 mark of the third period. Jared Aulin and Mark Wotton picked up the helpers on the Bears’ sixth goal.
Then only 35 seconds later defenseman Mike Green found himself all alone on goalie Billy Thompson. Green made a couple of nice moves and slipped the puck around Thompson for the 7-3 lead. The goal was unassisted.
Hershey would add one more late in the third period to open up an 8-3 lead over the B-Sens. Jared Aulin picked up his 11th goal of the year. Mike Green picked up his third point of the night with an assist while Lawrence Nycholat also registered an assist on the power-play tally.
Kelly Guard made the start for the Sens in goal, but was pulled after the first period due to an apparent injury. He made 12 saves on 13 shots while picking up no decision. Billy Thompson allowed seven goals on 30 shots in the loss. Frederic Cassivi made 23 saves in the win.
Binghamton closed out the night by failing to capitalize on any of its four power-play chances while the Bears scored twice on seven man-up opportunities.
The Sens will wrap up their fourth season on Sunday evening when the Albany River Rats will visit the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. The game is slated for a 5:05 p.m. start time. Ticket information is available by calling 722-SENS.