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B-SENS WEEKLY

LAST WEEK…

Friday, Jan. 24: Albany 2, Binghamton 5
Shots: Albany 29, Binghamton 40
PP: Albany 0 for 3, Binghamton 1 for 5 

Despite surrendering a goal just over one minute into Friday night’s contest, the B-Sens rallied for five unanswered markers to beat the visiting Devils 5-2.  Derek Grant led Binghamton offensively notching a short-handed goal 1:25 into the second to give the Sens a 2-1 lead as well as chipping in an even-strength tally less than two minutes into the final period. 

Stefan Matteau gave the Devils the early lead when he wristed home a bouncing puck in front of Binghamton netminder Andrew Hammond.  Matt Puempel redirected a power-play shot from Chris Wideman past Albany’s goaltender Keith Kinkaid to even the score at 1-1 before heading to the first intermission. 

Grant’s third short-handed goal of the year came less than a minute and a half into the second period to give Binghamton a lead they would not relinquish.  Just before the midway point of the period, Corey Cowick put home a rebound off a failed wrap-around attempt from line mate David Dziurzynski to push the score to 3-1.  Less than two minutes later, Shane Prince notched his ninth goal of the year to send Binghamton to the locker room up 4-1 after 40 minutes of play. 

Grant added his even-strength marker at 1:26 of the final period giving the B-Sens a four-goal cushion.  With less than three minutes remaining in regulation, Scott Timmins beat Hammond for his 10th goal of the year to move the final to 5-2 Binghamton. 

Hammond stopped 27 of 29 shots faced to earn his 12th victory of the year while Kinkaid allowed five goals on 40 Binghamton shots in the losing effort.  Cowick and Puempel each scored a goal and an assist while defenseman Chris Wideman chipped in two helpers for Binghamton.     

Saturday, Jan. 25: Rochester 5, Binghamton 2
Shots: Rochester 34, Binghamton 33
PP: Rochester 2 for 7, Binghamton 1 for 4 

Rochester earned its first victory in five chances versus the B-Sens this season with a 5-2 win on Saturday night.  Binghamton looked flat at times surrendering three first period goals and a pair in the middle frame all while being held scoreless for the final 40 minutes of play.   

The Amerks grabbed the early lead 1:45 into the first period when Brayden Irwin pushed a loose puck past Hammond for his first goal of the year.  Just over three minutes later the B-Sens power-play unit tied the game 1-1.  Jean-Gabriel Pageau riffled home a rebound off of Rochester goaltender Matt Hackett for his seventh goal this season.  The Americans added two goals less than four minutes apart before Binghamton’s Prince notched his 10th goal of the year at 13:15 of the first. 

Rochester needed just 1:26 of the second period to regain its two-goal lead when Johan Larsson knocked home a loose puck in front of Hammond to make it 4-2.  Luke Adam added to his team-lead in goals with less than 10 seconds to play in the period moving the score to 5-2 heading into the final intermission. 

Despite forcing 13 shots on net and allowing the Amerks just seven, Binghamton came up empty with its third period rally.  Hammond made 29 saves in the losing effort while Hackett finished with 31 saves for the victory. 

Sunday, Jan. 26: Binghamton 6, Albany 3
Shots: Binghamton 20, Albany 36
PP: Binghamton 1 for 3, Albany 1 for 5   

Binghamton concluded its three-game weekend with a 6-3 victory on the road over the Devils.  Shane Prince tallied the B-Sens first hat trick of the year in the opening 20 minutes of play while Scott Greenham stopped 33 of 36 shots faced to earn his first career American Hockey League victory. 

Prince started off his big night just 2:31 into the opening period when he beat starting Albany goaltender Keith Kinkaid for his 11th goal of the season.  Binghamton doubled its lead just past the five minute mark of the first period when Andre Petersson fed a great pass to Prince who ripped his second goal of the night home making it 2-0.  Thirty seconds later Albany drew within a goal when Mike Hoeffel put home a bouncing puck in front of Greenham for his seventh goal of the year.  Prince completed his hat trick bid at 9:21 of the period when he took a feed from Jim O’Brien behind the net and one-timed it past Kinkaid on Binghamton’s third shot of the night to make it 3-1.  Scott Wedgewood entered the game in relief of Kinkaid following Prince’s third tally of the night.  Defensemen Adam Larsson notched his first goal of the year at 13:18 to cut the B-Sens lead to 3-2 and send the teams to the first intermission.

Albany managed to tie the game at three goals apiece just under five minutes into the middle frame when Dan Kelly recorded his second goal of the year off assists from Mike Sislo and Reece Scarlett.  Binghamton’s power-play unit converted on a five-on-three chance at the 9:35 mark of the period to regain the 4-3 lead.  Matt Puempel put home a rebound off of Wedgewood’s initial save of a Mike Hoffman shot.

The final period of regulation brought few chances for either team.  O’Brien extended the B-Sens lead to 5-3 just past the midway point of the period off of Petersson’s third assist of the night.  Puempel chipped in the empty-net tally for his second of the night to move the final score to 6-3.

Puempel finished with two goals while O’Brien ended the evening with a goal and an assist to go along with Prince’s first period hat trick.  Binghamton finished 1 for 3 on the power play while Albany converted once on five chances.  The B-Sens managed six goals on just 19 shots on goal. 

Record: 27-13-0-3 (57 points)

Standings: Binghamton still sits atop the East Division, three points ahead of second place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton who hold a 25-14-1-3 record good for 54 points.  Norfolk sits close in third place with 52 points and a 22-13-1-7 record.  The surging Hershey Bears hold the fourth position with 50 points and a record of 22-14-3-3.  Syracuse sits in last with a 17-18-2-4 record and 40 points.         

THIS WEEK…

Wednesday, January 29 @ Worcester Sharks (San Jose Sharks)—7:00p.m. 
 
Binghamton starts a three-game road trip in Worcester against the Sharks Wednesday night at 7:00p.m.  The Sharks sit in fourth place in the Atlantic Division with a 20-17-3-1 record and 44 points through 41 games.  They are 6-3-1-0 in their last 10 contests.

Center Freddie Hamilton and right winger Daniil Tarasov lead Worcester offensively with 22 points.  Hamilton has compiled 12 goals and 10 assists through 31 games while Tarasov has 11 goals and 11 assists over 27 games this season. 

Goaltender Harri Sateri has appeared in 28 games for the Sharks this year compiling a 12-15-1 record with a 2.90 goals-against average and a .895 save percentage.  Rookie Troy Grosenick has seen action in 16 contests going 8-5-0 with a 2.14 goals-against and a .919 save percentage.  
 
Friday, January 31 @ Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles Kings)—7:00p.m.

The B-Sens continue their road trip Friday night in Manchester with a 7:00p.m. tilt versus the Monarchs.  Manchester, who has already played more games than any other team in the AHL with 47, sits atop the Eastern Conference with a league best 63 points and a 28-12-2-5 record. 

Center Jordan Weal leads the Monarchs offensively with 10 goals and 29 assists through 47 games this season.  Left wingers Nick Deslauriers and Tanner Pearson lead the team with 14 goals apiece.  Manchester has had 17 players score 10 or more points so far this season. 

Rookie goaltender Jean-Francois Berube has appeared in 31 games for the Monarchs going 17-12-2 with a 2.47 goals-against average and a .913 save percentage.  Fellow rookie Mathias Niederberger has 0-0-1record in two contests with a 2.38 goals-against and a .911 save percentage.     

Saturday, February 1 @ Portland Pirates (Phoenix Coyotes)—7:00p.m. 

Binghamton finishes its road trip with a visit to Portland to take on the Pirates.  The Pirates sit in last place in the Atlantic Division with a 16-16-2-7 record and 41 points through 41 games played. 

Center Andy Miele leads Portland’s offense with 39 points (18 goals, 21 assists) through 39 games played.  Goaltender Mark Visentin has played in 28 games this season going 10-13-4 with a 2.94 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage.  Louis Domingue has played in 14 contests forming a 6-3-2 record and a 2.62 goals-against average.     
  
 
SENS SNIPPETS…
 
Forward Shane Prince has tallied goals in four straight games for Binghamton, including his first career hat trick in the B-Sens 6-3 win over the Albany Devils on January 26.  Prince now has 13 goals and 12 assists in 37 games this season.   

Goaltender Scott Greenham was recalled from Binghamton’s ECHL affiliate, the Elmira Jackals, on January 21.  Greenham made his first start with the B-Sens in the Sunday, January 26, win over Albany.  Greenham stopped 33 of 36 shots face to earn his first career AHL victory.

  

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

Wednesday, Jan. 29   11:15a.m. – On Ice IN WORCESTER 
                                  7:00p.m. – Binghamton @ Worcester 
              
Thursday, Jan. 30       TBA – Practice in Worcester
   
Friday, Jan. 31           11:15a.m. – On Ice IN MANCHESTER 
                                  7:00p.m. – Binghamton @ Manchester 
               
Saturday, Feb. 1        11:15a.m. – On Ice IN PORTLAND 
                                  7:00p.m. – Binghamton @ Portland
      
Sunday, Feb. 2           OFF – NO MEDIA AVAILABILITY 

Monday, Feb. 3         10:30a.m. – On Ice at Broome County Arena 
                                  4:30p.m. – DIFD Broomball at Phelps Park

Tuesday, Feb. 4        10:30a.m. – On Ice at Broome County Arena
      


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