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B-SENS WEEKLY

LAST WEEK…

Wednesday, April 16: Toronto 5, Binghamton 4 (Overtime)  
Shots: Toronto 40, Binghamton 27
PP: Toronto 2 for 4, Binghamton 0 for 4     

The Binghamton Senators rally came up short as they fell 5-4 in overtime to the visiting Toronto Marlies.  Despite being down 3-1 just over halfway through the second period, the B-Sens came alive off three straight goals to take a 4-3 lead with less than 10 minutes to play in the third period.  However, Stuart Percy scored his second power-play goal of the game with less than eight minutes to play to force the overtime period. 

Percy opened the scoring 9:35 into the first period when he blasted home a shot from the point off an assist from T.J. Brennan.  The score remained 1-0 heading into the first intermission as Andrew Hammond stopped 10 of 11 Marlies shots while Drew MacIntyre turned away all seven Binghamton chances. 

Buddy Robinson scored his first of two goals 2:31 into the middle frame to even the score at one apiece.  Shane Prince carried the puck behind MacIntyre’s net where he fed Robinson sitting alone in front.  Robinson one-timed the puck over MacIntyre’s right shoulder for his 12th goal of the season. 

Toronto retook the lead less than eight minutes later when Jerred Smithson pushed home his second of the year after Hammond misplayed a puck on his crease.  Just over two minutes later, it was Sam Carrick who capitalized on another Hammond miscue to push the score to 3-1. 

Robinson managed to cut the Marlies lead to 3-2 at the 14:57 mark of the second, sending Binghamton to the locker room down a goal. 

Wacey Hamilton tied the game 3-3 4:59 into the third period when he used some nifty stick handling to carry the puck past the Marlies defense and over MacIntyre for his 4th tally of the year.  Just over one minute later, David Dziurzynski redirected a shot from Derek Grant to the back of the cage to make the score 4-3 and give Binghamton its first lead of the night. 

Toronto used a five-on-three man advantage to tie things up on Percy’s second of the night to force overtime before Brennan scored the game-winning goal 2:50 into the extra period to give the Marlies the bonus point.

Friday, April 18: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4, Binghamton 5  
Shots: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 47, Binghamton 27
PP: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 0 for 2, Binghamton 2 for 6   
    

The Binghamton Senators clinched the East Division title and third seed in the Eastern Conference
playoffs with a 5-4 regulation win over the visiting Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Jean-Gabriel Pageau netted three
goals with two being on the power-play while Mark Stone assisted on all of Pageau’s goals to lead the Sens offensively.

Prince opened the scoring for Binghamton just 2:49 into the first period when he converted a centering feed from Ryan Dzingel for his 21st goal of the season.

Pageau added his first goal of the evening at the 17:18 mark of the period to give the hosts the 2-0 advantage heading into the first intermission.

Starting the second period on the power play, Binghamton wasted no time to increase their lead to 3-0 when Pageau scored just 18 seconds in. Cole Schneider started a 3-on-1 rush up the ice before dishing the puck to Stone who sent a back-hand feed towards the goal mouth where Pageau got a stick on the pass to beat Peter Mannino top shelf.

Dziurzynski notched his 13th goal of the year less than five minutes into the period before Pageau completed his hat trick bid with his 20th goal on the season less than two minutes later to move the score to 5-0.

The Penguins got on the scoreboard 20 seconds after Pageau’s third of the night when Adam Payerl beat
Hammond before Bobby Farnham notched a shorthanded tally just before the 14 minute mark of the period. The score remained 5-2 heading into the final intermission.

Wilkes-Barre managed two final period goals to move the contest to a 5-4 game with less than three minutes to play.
Hammond withstood the bulk of the Penguins’ 26 third period shots in the waning moments of the game to preserve the victory for Binghamton.

Hammond finished with 43 saves on 47 shots faced for his 25th victory of the year while Mannino allowed five goals on 27 shots faced in the loss.

Saturday, April 19: Norfolk 2, Binghamton 4 
Shots: Norfolk 38, Binghamton 29
PP: Norfolk 1 for 4, Binghamton 0 for 3  

The Binghamton Senators rounded out its 2013-14 regular season with a 4-2 victory over the visiting Norfolk Admirals. The B-Sens did the majority of damage in the opening 20 minutes with three goals before surviving a Admirals third period push to head into the playoffs on a two-game win streak.

Robinson scored his first of two goals 7:34 into the first period when he tipped a shot from Prince past Igor Bobkov to give the 1-0 lead.

Less than one minute later, Matt Puempel notched his 30th goal when he put a rebound past Bobkov following a wrist shot from Cody Ceci making the score 2-0.

Dzingel pushed the score to 3-0 on his second goal as a professional just before the midway point of the first.
Binghamton carried the three-goal advantage to the first intermission as starting goaltender Scott Greenham stopped all seven shots faced through the opening 20 minutes of play.

Following a scoreless second period, Norfolk got on the scoreboard at the 9:18 mark of the third when former Binghamton Senator Andre Petersson notched a power-play goal to cut the score to 3-1.

Kevin Gagne made it a one-goal contest with less than two minutes to play, but Robinson converted on an empty-net opportunity with four seconds remaining to put the final score at 4-2.

Robinson finished with two goals for the second time in three contests while Dzingel finished with a goal and an assist to lead the B-Sens. Prince chipped in two helpers while Gagne led all Norfolk skaters with a goal and an assist.

Greenham played the first 33 minutes for Binghamton stopping all 16 shots faced. Chris Driedger made his first B-Sens appearance in net allowing two goals on 22 shots faced. Bobkov allowed four goals on 29 shots in the losing effort.
     
Record: 44-24-3-5 (96 points)


Standings:
1. y Binghamton:                     76gp 44-24-3-5 (96pts.)
2. x Wilkes-Barre/Scranton:     76gp 42-26-3-5 (92pts.)
3. x Norfolk:                            76gp 40-26-3-7 (90pts.)
4. Hershey:                             76gp 39-27-5-5 (88pts.)     
5. Syracuse:                           76gp 31-32-4-9 (75pts.)

x- Clinched Playoff Berth
y- Clinched Division
 

THIS WEEK…

Friday, April 25 & Saturday, April 26 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (Pittsburgh Penguins)—7:05p.m.
(Game 1 & 2, Eastern Conference Quarterfinals)
 
The B-Sens will face East Division rival the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for the second consecutive year to open the playoffs.  Binghamton will look for a better result following three straight one-goal defeats last season that ended their bid for a second Calder Cup. 

Binghamton finished their eight-game regular season series against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton with a 5-3-0-0 record including a perfect 4-0 record on home ice.  The battle between the teams has remained tight all year despite the Sens outscoring the Penguins 27-16.  Five of the eight contests during the regular season were decided by just a single goal.

Wilkes-Barre is led offensively by right winger Tom Kostopoulos who has produced 47 points including a team-leading 22 goals in 71 games played.  Defenseman Brendan Mikkelson has chipped in a team-high 30 assists in 73 games played.

The Penguins goaltending has been its backbone allowing only 185 goals all season which is best in the American Hockey League.  Jeff Deslauriers has played in 40 games this season compiling a 20-15-3 record along with a 2.58 goals-against average and a 0.895 save percentage but has not played since March 23.  Rookie Eric Hartzell has seen action in 25 contests while going 10-8-1 with a 2.48 goals-against average and a 0.902 save percentage.  Peter Mannino has seen the bulk of minutes the past month appearing in 18 games.  Mannino is 11-4-1 and sports an impressive 1.56 goals-against average and a 0.932 save percentage.  

SENS SNIPPETS…
 
Right winger Buddy Robinson recorded his first professional two-goal game in a 5-4 overtime loss to Toronto on April 16.  Robinson matched that performance in the regular season finale April 19 against Norfolk when he chipped in an empty-net goal in the waning seconds of regulation.     

Rookie center Ryan Dzingel tallied his first multi-point professional contest with a goal and an assist in Binghamton’s 4-2 win over Norfolk to end the regular season.  In nine games with the B-Sens, Dzingel has recorded seven points (two goals, five assists).

Goaltender Chris Driedger made his AHL debut April 19 against Norfolk when he replaced starter Scott Greenham with six minutes to go in the second period.  Driedger stopped 20 of 22 shots faced in just over 26 minutes between the pipes. 

 

PRACTICE SCHEDULE (Practice times and locations are subject to change) …

Wednesday, April 23     10:30a.m. – On Ice at Broome County Arena 
    
Thursday, April 24         10:30a.m. – On Ice at Broome County Arena 

Friday, April 25             10:00a.m. – On Ice at Broome County Arena
                                     7:05p.m. – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton vs. Binghamton  
                                       Broome County Arena – Binghamton, NY
   
Saturday, April 26         11:00a.m. – On Ice at Broome County Arena 
                                     7:05p.m. – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton vs. Binghamton 
                                       Broome County Arena – Binghamton, NY


Sunday, April 27            OFF – NO MEDIA AVAILABILITY

Monday, April 28                     TBA

Tuesday, April 29                    TBA


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