LAST WEEK: The Binghamton Senators (27-16-5-3, 62 pts.) took six of a possible eight points this past week in four non-divisional games and grabbed sole possession of third place in the East Division standings.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 4 vs. SAN ANTONIO (4-3 W): The B-Sens grabbed a three-goal advantage early and held off a late Rampage rally for the victory. The teams combined for 112 penalty minutes in the physical battle. Defenseman Tomas Kudelka buried Binghamton’s opening goal and had a two-point (1+1) night. Fellow defenseman Drew Fata collected two assists. Marc Cavosie scored a short-handed goal, the seventh of the season for the B-Sens. Center Josh Hennessy buried the game-winning goal. Netminder Martin Gerber made 26 saves to earn the victory.
FRIDAY, FEB. 6 @ HAMILTON (3-2 OTL): In a defensive struggle, the B-Sens held Hamilton to just nine shots through two periods. Defenseman Yannick Weber converted on one of those nine shots in the closing minutes of the second period to give the Bulldogs a 1-0 advantage. After a second Hamilton power-play goal, the B-Sens rallied with two goals in the final four minutes of regulation to send the game into overtime. Danny Bois buried his 10th marker of the season to get Binghamton within one goal. With the goaltender pulled, Greg Mauldin struck with just four seconds remaining to secure one point for the B-Sens. Weber spoiled the comeback attempt with the overtime winner for Hamilton.
SATURDAY, FEB. 7 @ ROCHESTER (3-2 OTL): The B-Sens found themselves down by two goals for the second straight game. The Amerks converted on two power plays to take a 2-0 advantage into the first intermission. The B-Sens battled back in the second period with their top-ranked power-play unit. Peter Regin took a Tomas Kudelka pass and snapped it past netminder Tyler Plante. The B-Sens struck again on the power play in the third period with a deflection goal from Josh Hennessy. Rochester defenseman Jason Garrison fired the game-winning goal under the crossbar at 2:24 of overtime to hand Binghamton a second straight overtime loss.
SUNDAY, FEB. 8 @ SPRINGFIELD (2-1 W): After two scoreless periods leading scorer Ryan Potulny gave the Falcons a 1-0 lead with a power-play marker at 2:07 of the final period. Tomas Kudelka answered for the B-Sens with his sixth marker of the season. The B-Sens grabbed the lead two minutes later when Kudelka fed Josh Hennessy for the game-winning goal, Hennessy’s second game-winning goal of the week. Netminder Martin Gerber stopped 27 shots for the B-Sens.
THIS WEEK: The B-Sens face off against three East Division foes this week at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, beginning on Wednesday night when the Albany River Rats (21-23-3-2, 47 pts.) visit for a 7:05 p.m. contest. Binghamton then plays host to first-place Hershey (35-13-0-4, 74 pts.) on Friday night before finishing the weekend against the Philadelphia Phantoms (27-22-1-1, 56 pts.) on Saturday night.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 11 vs. ALBANY (7:05 p.m.): The River Rats have won two straight against the B-Sens and sit in sixth place of the East Division. Rookie Zack Smith has four points (2+2) in five games against Albany this season. Michael Ryan leads the offensive attack for Albany with 23 goals and 36 points. His 23 goals are tied for fifth place among all AHL players.
FRIDAY, FEB. 13 vs. HERSHEY (7:05 p.m.): The Bears continue to pace the AHL in many offensive categories including team goals (200). Alexandre Giroux leads the AHL with 36 goals, while Keith Aucoin’s 46 assists and 63 points lead the league. The B-Sens defeated the Bears 4-1 in their last contest on Dec. 27. Hershey visits the Arena three times in February and once in March.
SATURDAY, FEB. 14 vs. PHILADELPHIA (7:05 p.m.): The Phantoms finish a three-game road trip with a stop in Binghamton on Valentine’s Day. The B-Sens cruised to a 3-0 win against the Phantoms on Jan. 21. Netminder Martin Gerber posted 32 saves to secure the shutout victory. Center Josh Hennessy has two goals and four assists in five games against the Phantoms this season. Binghamton is 8-8-3-0 all-time at home against Philadelphia.
REEBOK/AHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE:
Center Josh Hennessy was the B-Sens nominee for the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week. Hennessy registered three goals, two assists and a +2 rating in four games this past week. He scored two game-winning goals and assisted on two game-tying goals to force overtime.
- The B-Sens power-play unit continues to pace the AHL with a 23.4% success rate.
- Center Josh Hennessy scored his 200th AHL point with an assist on Tomas Kudelka’s goal against Springfield on Sunday, Feb. 8.
- Hennessy scored his 64th goal as a B-Sen against Springfield, which breaks a tie with Jeff Heerema (63) and moves him into second place on the B-Sens all-time goal list.
- Beginning on Wednesday against Albany, the B-Sens play eight straight games against divisional opponents, including three with the first place Hershey Bears.
- Tomas Kudelka played in his 100th AHL game on Sunday in Springfield.
- Defenseman Matt Carker is five games away from 500 for his AHL career.
- Defenseman Mattias Karlsson leads all rookies in power-play assists (18) and points (22).
- The B-Sens are 11-0-0-0 when holding opponents to one goal.
POINTS: Zubov (12+25=37)
GOALS: Hennessy (15)
ASSISTS: Karlsson & Zubov (25)
POWER-PLAY GOALS: Hamel & Hennessy (8)
SHORT-HANDED GOALS: Bois (2)
GAME-WINNING GOALS: Hamel (5)
SHOTS: Hamel (144)
WINS: Gerber (5)
SAVES: Glass (443)
GAA: Gerber (2.27)
SAVE PERCENTAGE: Gerber (.928)
B-SENS PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
- Tuesday, Feb. 10 10 a.m. @ BCVMA
- Wednesday, Feb. 11 10 a.m. game-day skate @ BCVMA
- Thursday, Feb. 12 10 a.m. @ BCVMA
- Friday, Feb 13 10 a.m. game-day skate @ BCVMA
- Saturday, Feb. 14 TBD
*All practice times and locations subject to change without notice*
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B-SENS TICKET PACKAGES: 2008-09 10-game, 5-game and 4-game plans are on sale. For information on ticket packages contact the Binghamton Senators’ executive office at (607) 722-SENS.