Sunday, March 6: Norfolk 1, Binghamton 4
Shots: Norfolk 33, Binghamton 36
PP: Norfolk 1 for 4, Binghamton 1 for 8
The B-Sens kicked off a stretch of five games in seven nights, with one lonely home game last week against the Admirals. The game would be the first of three last week between the East Division rivals. Kaspars Daugavins scored a pair of goals, including the game winner, to lead the offense as the B-Sens downed the Ads 4-1. Andrew Sweetland and Corey Locke would also add goals, while Andre Benoit and Roman Wick each tallied a pair of assists. Paul Szczechura spoiled Barry Brust’s bid for a shutout, scoring the only Norfolk goal, his 14th of the season, midway through the third period.
Tuesday, March 8: Binghamton 1, Charlotte 2
Shots: Binghamton 39, Charlotte 24
PP: Binghamton 0 for 3, Charlotte 0 for 4
The Checkers doubled up on the B-Sens last Tuesday, despite being outshot in the game 39 to 24. Zac Dalpe and Jon Matsumoto each scored for Charlotte, while Justin Pogge turned away 38 shots en route to the 2-1 win at the Time Warner Cable Arena. Ryan Keller scored the lone Binghamton goal, unassisted, just 1:46 into the second period. Barry Brust returned to the net for Binghamton making 22 saves.
Wednesday, March 9: Binghamton 1, Norfolk 5
Shots: Binghamton 22, Norfolk 33
PP: Binghamton 0 for 5, Norfolk 1 for 4
The B-Sens failed to bounce back from Tuesday’s loss in their third game in four nights. Five different Admirals scored while Dustin Tokarski stopped 21 of 22 shots faced as Norfolk topped the B-Sens 5-1. Mike Angelidis, Mark Barberio, Johan Harju, Levi Nelson and Marc-Antoine Pouliot each scored for Binghamton. In turn, Roman Wick would tally the only Binghamton goal in the match, which was assisted by Mike Hoffman and Robin Lehner. Wednesday’s game marked Lehner’s return to goal for the B-Sens. The rookie netminder’s last start was Feb. 13 at Adirondack. Lehner stopped 28 shots and fell to 7-7-2 on the season.
Friday, March 11: Binghamton 3, Norfolk 8
Shots: Binghamton 17, Norfolk 41
PP: Binghamton 1 for 3, Norfolk 2 for 5
Friday night the B-Sens were only able to muster 17 shots on goal as they were trounced 8-3 by the Admirals. Despite the low number of shots Binghamton was able to put on Dustin Tokarski, they were successfully able to sneak three goals past the Norfolk netminder. Cody Bass earned his third goal of the season in his first game back since suffering a lower body injury in Hershey on Feb. 12. Jim O’Brien and Kaspars Daugavins would also score for the B-Sens, while defenseman Geoff Kinrade earned credit for a pair of helpers. James Wright led the offense for the Admirals scoring a hat trick and adding an assist to take four points away from the game. Barry Brust earned the nod in goal for the B-Sens, but was chased from the net in the third period after allowing six goals on 35 shots. Mike Brodeur took over goaltending duties allowing a pair of goals on six shots.
Saturday, March 12: Binghamton 3, Charlotte 1
Shots: Binghamton 27, Charlotte 32
PP: Binghamton 0 for 2, Charlotte 1 for 6
The B-Sens ended the southern swing of their road trip on a high note, defeating Charlotte Saturday night and sending over 10,000 rowdy Checkers fans home disappointed. Jon Matsumoto opened the scoring, putting the Checkers on the board just 3:02 into the first period of play. Charlotte failed to muster any more offense as the B-Sens went on to score three unanswered goals and fight of a six-on-three advantage for the Checkers in the final two minutes of play to hold on for the win. Jason Bailey scored a pair of goals, getting on the board for Binghamton after going scoreless through 28 games this season. Jim O’Brien net what would prove to be the game winning goal at 17:28 of the second period and Cody Bass tallied two assists. Barry Brust tended goal stopping 31 of 32 shots to improve to 25-15-1 on the season.
Standings:The B-Sens are in fifth place in the East Division (75 points).
Wednesday, March 16 @ Adirondack Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers)
The B-Sens make their final trip of the season to Glens Falls on Wednesday to face the Adirondack Phantoms in their only divisional meeting of the week. The B-Sens are 4-2-0-0 against the Phantoms so far this season. Adirondack enters the week with a record of 22-33-4-6 and sit in seventh place overall in the East Division with 54 points. Former Binghamton Senators captain, Denis Hamel leads all Phantoms in goals (21), points (39), power play goals (10), game winning goals (3), and shots (206).
Friday, March 18 vs. Portland Pirates (Buffalo Sabres)
The B-Sens welcome the Atlantic Division’s Portland Pirates to town on Friday to wrap up a two game regular season series between the conference rivals. The Pirates enter the week with a record of 40-18-5-2 and sit in second place in the Atlantic Division with 87 points, just one point behind the division leading Manchester Monarchs. The teams first met in Portland back on Jan. 11; a 5-2 Binghamton victory. Robin Lehner tended goal stopping 25 of 27 shots faced while Corey Locke registered four points scoring two goals and adding a pair of assists. The Pirates may be without the services of goaltender Jhonas Enroth (20-17-2) who is currently on recall to the parent Buffalo Sabres. Goaltender David Leggio however does remain with the team and his numbers are nothing to sneeze at. Leggio has posted a record of 19-5-0 with a 2.57 goals-against average and .918 save percentage. Leading scorer Mark Mancari (32+32=64) also remains on recall to Buffalo.
Promotions: Friday is a belated St. Patty’s Day celebration! The B-Sens will wear special St. Patrick’s Day themed jerseys which will then be auctioned off post-game.
The Carle School of Irish Dance will be on hand to perform during the first intermission as well as on the concourse throughout the night.
Also, be sure to visit the Binghamton Senators’ wives table on the concourse. The ladies will be raffling off two spring themed baskets filled with Binghamton Senators and Ottawa Senators autographed merchandise. $2 gets you five tickets and $5 gets you 12 tickets for the raffle. All proceeds will benefit the S.O.S. Shelter.
Saturday, March 18 vs. Springfield Falcons
The Springfield Falcons make their first and only trip to the Southern Tier on Saturday for the first of a two-game, home-and-home season series between the teams. The Falcons are fifth overall in the Atlantic with a record of 30-32-2-3, good for 65 points. The B-Sens are 13-8-1-0 all-time against Springfield, 6-4-1-0 all-time when facing the Falcons within the friendly confines of the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. Tomas Kubalik ranks first on the Springfield roster in points with 44 (21 goals, 23 assists) in 66 games played.
Promotions: Saturday day is the Parrot Head Beach Party with the Pirates of the Susquehanna Parrot Head Club! Join them in the Arena Club beginning at 5 p.m. for a pregame party with Outer Reef. There will be food and drink specials all night long.
The Pirates of the Susquehanna will also hold a raffle on the main concourse sponsored by KHM Inc. The raffle will feature a signed jersey and various gift baskets. All proceeds from the raffle will benefit the Wounded Warrior Project.
Fans can also enjoy a special post-game beach party on the main concourse featuring the Susquehanna Rum Runners.
Sunday, March 20 @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders)
The Binghamton Senators round out the week with a trip to Bridgeport to take on the Sound Tigers on Sunday. The Sound Tigers enter the week sitting in seventh place overall in the Atlantic Division with a record of 22-36-3-5 (52 points). The Bridgeport roster features some familiar faces for B-Sens fans. Forward Brandon Svendsen who skated with the B-Sens last season has put up 16 points (seven goals, nine assists) in 53 games with the Sound Tigers. Former Binghamton fan favorite Jeremy Yablonski can also be found on the Sound Tigers roster. “Yabo” ranks third on the B-Sens list of all-time leaders in penalty minutes with 571. In 17 games played with Bridgeport this season, Yablonski has amassed 48 penalty minutes.
Forward Derek Grant made his professional debut Friday at Norfolk and recorded his first professional point (an assist) in the B-Sens 3-1 win at Charlotte on Saturday. Grant joined the B-Sens on an amateur tryout agreement on March 10, after signing a three-year entry-level contract with the parent Ottawa Senators. The 20 year-old forward recently completed his sophomore season at Michigan State University, where he lead the Spartans in scoring with 33 points (eight goals and 25 assists) in 38 games.
With Saturday’s 3-1 victory over Charlotte, Barry Brust earned his 25th win on the season. He now ranks third overall among American Hockey league goaltenders in wins, trailing Abbotsford’s Leland Irving (26) and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton’s Brad Thiessen (28).
David Hale skated in his 100th career AHL game on Saturday at Charlotte.
Corey Locke continues to lead the AHL in points (75), assists (57) and power play assists (29).
PRACTICE SCHEDULE (Times are subject to change) …
Wednesday, March 16
2 p.m. – bus departs for Glens Falls
7 p.m. game @ Adirondack Phantoms
Glens Falls Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Plaza, Glens Falls, N.Y. 12801
Thursday, March 17
10:15 a.m. practice – Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
Friday, March 18
7:05 p.m. game vs. Portland Pirates
Saturday, March 19
7:05 p.m. game vs. Springfield Falcons
Post game – bus departs for Bridgeport
Sunday, March 20
3 p.m. game at Bridgeport Sound Tigers
Arena at Harbor Yard, 600 Main St., Bridgeport, C.T. 06604
Monday, March 21
Tuesday, March 22
10:15 a.m. practice – Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
-Go B-Sens Go-