Friday, Dec. 13: Binghamton 2, Utica 5
Shots: Binghamton 44, Utica 33
PP: Binghamton 1 for 4, Utica 2 for 5
The B-Sens traveled to Utica for its first of four meetings between the Comets stumbled to a 5-2 loss. Andrew Hammond made his third consecutive start between the pipes allowing five goals on 33 shots faced. Joacim Eriksson earned the victory for the Comets turning aside 42 of the 44 shots he faced for the night.
The teams traded power-play goals in the opening period with Utica’s Colin Stuart notching his first of four goals for the evening at the 7:48 mark of the first. Binghamton’s power-play unit tied things up just past the midway point of the period when Derek Grant tipped a Stephane Da Costa wrist shot past Eriksson. Hammond allowed one goal on eight shots faced in the opening 20 minutes while Eriksson managed to stop 18 of 19 B-Sens tries.
Binghamton grabbed its lone lead of the night 3:47 into the second period when Sens captain Mark Borowiecki recorded his first goal of the season off feeds from Corey Cowick and Wacey Hamilton. However, the Comets rattled off four unanswered goals to close out the night and grabbed the seventh win of its inaugural American Hockey League campaign.
With the loss the B-Sens losing streak extended to six straight games, three of those losses in a shootout.
Saturday, Dec. 14: Binghamton 4, Hershey 7
Shots: Binghamton 37, Hershey 41
PP: Binghamton 2 for 5, Hershey 2 for 9
Binghamton visited the Giant Center Saturday night looking for its first win in December and for the second night in a row surrendered four unanswered goals in route to a 7-4 loss to the Hershey Bears. Julien Brouillette scored twice for the Bears while Cole Schneider notched back-to-back power-play strikes to lead the B-Sens. Andrew Hammond dropped his fourth consecutive start allowing a season high seven goals on 41 shots faced. The teams combined for 142 penalty minutes in a game that was chippy right off the opening faceoff with Darren Kramer and John Mitchell dropping the gloves just four seconds in.
Hershey grabbed the early lead just under a minute and a half into the contest with a power-play strike from Stanislav Galiev. Bears defenseman David Kolomatis fed the puck to Galiev who was streaking down the boards and the winger ripped a wrist shot over the glove hand of Hammond giving the hosts the 1-0 lead. Binghamton drew the score even when Mark Stone notched a short-handed tally just under 12 minutes into the period off feeds from Jim O’Brien and Fredrick Claesson. The shorthanded goal extended the B-Sens league leading short-handed goal total to eight for the season. Hershey managed to grab the 2-1 lead with under three minutes to go in the opening period when Julien Brouillette gave the Bears its second power-play goal of the night.
The Bears extended its lead to 3-1 under a minute into the middle frame when Matt Watkins cleaned up a loose puck bouncing after several doorstep shots on Hammond. Binghamton rallied off three straight goals in just over five minutes to take a 4-3 lead. Defenseman Danny New, recalled from the Elmira Jackals earlier that day, started the comeback for the B-Sens at 6:16 when he ripped home a shot from inside the blue line off a pass from Derek Grant. Following a night-ending elbowing major called on Hershey’s Michael Latta, Cole Schneider tallied back-to-back power-play strikes for Binghamton just over three minutes apart to give the Sens its first and only lead of the night. Hershey tied things back up with less than two minutes to play in the period sending the teams deadlocked at 4-4 into the final 20 minutes of regulation.
Hershey’s Brandon Segal recorded his third goal of the year just under four minutes into the final frame to give the Bears a lead that only got bigger. Nathan Walker and Ryan Stoa recorded goals 59 seconds apart to turn a close game into seventh straight defeat for the Binghamton Senators.
Michal Neuvirth stopped 33 of 37 shots faced in net for the Bears giving him his first American Hockey League victory this season. Hammond finished with 34 saves for the night and fell to 6-5-3 for the season. Binghamton managed to go 2/5 on man advantage opportunities while the Bears collected two goals on nine power-play chances.
Record: 14-9-0-3 (31 points)
Standings: Binghamton is currently tied with the Norfolk Admirals for second place in the East Division with 31 points thus far. Division leading Wilkes-Barre/Scranton posts a 16-7-1-2 record through 26 games played, good for 35 points. Syracuse has posted 27 points through 25 games played putting them two points ahead of last place Hershey.
Friday, December 20 @ Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay Lightning)– 7:00 p.m.
Binghamton travels to Syracuse for the second time this season after hosting the Crunch for four of their first five meetings this season. On October 18 the Sens handled the Crunch 6-2 in front of its home crowd on the heels of a two goal performance from Mike Hoffman. The Crunch are 3-6-0-1 over its past 10 games.
Offensively Syracuse is led by center Vladislav Namestnikov who has 21 points (eight goals, 13 assists) through 16 games played this season. Kristers Gudlevskis has appeared in net seven times this season for the Crunch compiling a 5-2-0 record and a 2.12 goals-against average. Goaltender Cedrick Desjardins has backstopped his way to a 5-6-2 record in 14 appearances this year.
Saturday, December 21 vs. Albany Devils (New Jersey Devils)– 7:05 p.m.
The B-Sens will host the Albany Devils Saturday for the second time this season. In their last meeting on December 7, Binghamton fell 3-2 in a shootout as Devils’ goaltender Keith Kinkaid stopped 37 of 39 shots faced including all 14 B-Sens tries during the overtime period.
The Devils are led offensively by left wing Joe Whitney’s 28 points (10 goals, 18 assists) through 26 games played this season. Kinkaid has appeared in 15 contests for Albany compiling a 11-3-1 record with a 2.03 goals-against average and a 0.921 save percentage.
Saturday night Binghamton will host its annual Ugly Sweater Night presented by John Paulin State Farm. Those fans in attendance with ugly sweaters can visit the ticket sales table located along the front concourse and receive a FREE TICKET VOUCHER good for the B-Sens February 5 game versus the Portland Pirates.
Saturday is also a New York Lottery Night with the first 500 fans through the gates 18 years and older receiving a Buy-One-Get-One scratch off coupon.
During the first intermission break, the Binghamton Senators will honor on the ice local high schools Chenango Forks and Maine-Endwell for their recent New York State Football Championship victories.
After missing nine games due to an injury suffered in the first period of the season opener, forward Mark Stone has compiled 14 points (six goals, eight assists) in 15 games played this season.
Forward Cole Schneider recorded two goals in the B-Sens 7-4 loss to the Hershey Bears on December 14. Schneider has now scored twice in seven career games with the B-Sens dating back to last season.
Binghamton currently leads all AHL teams with eight short-handed goals scored this season. Last season the B-Sens led the AHL with 19 short-handed markers.
PRACTICE SCHEDULE (Practice times and locations are subject to change) …
Wednesday, Dec. 18 10:30a.m. – On Ice at Broome County Arena
1:30p.m. – Teddy Bear Delivery
5:15p.m. – Bell Cup Talk with Junior B-Sens
6-8:00p.m. – Celebrity Bartending
Ground Round Grill & Bar, Johnson City
Thursday, Dec. 19 10:30a.m. – On Ice at Broome County Arena
Friday, Dec. 20 10:00a.m. – On Ice at Broome County Arena
3:30p.m. – Bus Departs for Syracuse
7:00p.m. – B-Sens @ Syracuse
War Memorial Arena-Syracuse, NY
Saturday, Dec. 21 10:30a.m. – On Ice at Broome County Arena
7:05p.m. – Albany vs. Binghamton
Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
Sunday, Dec. 22 OFF – NO MEDIA AVAILABILITY
Monday, Dec. 23 OFF – NO MEDIA AVAILABILITY
Tuesday, Dec. 24 OFF – NO MEDIA AVAILABILITY
For more information, please contact:
Joe Battaglini, Director of Media Relations, 607-722-7367