04/16/06
HAMEL TIES AHL RECORD; BUT SENS FALL 5-4 TO ALBANY IN SEASON FINALE

Denis Hamel equaled an American Hockey League record with his 27th power-play goal of the year, but the Binghamton Senators finished the 2005-06 season with a 5-4 loss to the Albany River Rats at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena on Sunday evening.

Hamel’s power-play goal was his 56th tally of the season, tying him for the league lead with Grand Rapid’s Donald MacLean.  The goal means that Hamel and MacLean will share the league Willie Marshall Award, given annually by the AHL to the player who leads the league in goals.

The game was an up-and-down affair with Albany taking a 2-0 lead in the game’s first nine minutes only to see Binghamton come back an tie the game at 2-2 before the first intermission on goals by Hamel and Steve Martins. 

Albany went on to take a pair of one-goal leads at 3-2 and 4-3, but Binghamton rallied each time to tie the score.

The River Rats won the game when Stephen Gionta broke free in the game’s final minute and scored on Binghamton’s Kelly Guard.  It was Gionta’s second goal of the game and fifth goal in his third professional contest after finishing a four-year career at Boston College this spring. 

Guard stopped 32 of 37 shots in the loss while Albany’s Ari Ahonen broke an 11-game losing streak by stopping 20 of 24 shots. 

Binghamton scored on two of nine power plays while killing four of Albany’s seven chances. 

Binghamton forwards Danny Bois, Charlie Stephens, Denis Hamel and Steve Martins each had one goal and one assist in the game.  

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