12/26/2010 8:01 PM
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Binghamton Senators welcomed the Adirondack Phantoms to the confines of the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena to host the division rival in what has become a traditional post-Christmas match. Also keeping with tradition, the B-Sens continued to outscore the Phantoms as they coasted to a 7-1 victory over Adirondack.
The B-Sens’ offense exploded in the first period of play, sending the team to the locker room for the first intermission with a commanding 4-1 lead.
Forward Zack Smith opened the scoring at 5:43 with his first of two goals in the period, assisted by Derek Smith and Corey Locke.
Binghamton added to their lead at 11:53 as defenseman David Hale blasted a shot from the point, beating Adirondack’s Nic Riopel for his second goal of the season. Kaspars Daugavins and David Dziurzynski earned credit for the helpers.
With just over five minutes remaining in the first period, Ben Holmstrom tallied his seventh of the year for the Phantoms to bring them within one. That, however, would be the one and only time Adirondack would be able to beat Barry Brust as they witnessed their brief two-game winning streak come to an end.
With 2:30 remaining on the clock in the first, the B-Sens answered as Locke threaded a pass across the crease to Bobby Butler, who buried his team-leading 17th goal of the season to put the B-Sens back on top by two.
Adding insult to injury, a streaking Zack Smith deflected as shot by Erik Condra into the Adirondack net with 1:22 left in the opening stanza to give the B-Sens a commanding three goal lead.
On to the second period, just over the midway point Colin Greening ripped a shot past Riopel from the top of the crease to push the B-Sens up 5-1. Locke earned an assist, his third of the night.
With 44.6 seconds left on the clock in the second, Dziurzynski fed Condra who streaking up the right wing. The second-year B-Sens then lasered a shot past Riopel to put the B-Sens ahead 6-1. The assist for Dziurzynski was his second of the night, earning the rookie forward his first career multi-point game.
3:46 into the third period Kaspars Daugavins clanged a puck off the post and into the net to round out the scoring, lifting Binghamton to the 7-1 victory.
The B-Sens improved to 5-1-0-1 in their last seven contests and remain three points back of rival Hershey for fourth place in the East Division race. The Senators have now won all three games they have played against the Phantoms so far in the 2010-11 season, outscoring Adirondack 19 to four.
Binghamton returns to action Tuesday, Dec. 28 as they travel to Hershey to face the Bears. Game time is set for 7 p.m. Fans can listen live on 680 WINR-AM or 1430 WENE-AM beginning 30 minutes before game time for Countdown to Faceoff with Grady Whittenburg, the voice of the B-Sens.
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