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A Look Back at the 2013-14 Season...

BINGHAMTON, NY – While the 2013-14 season came to an early end for the Binghamton Senators, the team showed promise and achievements throughout their run.

With a 44-24-3-5 record, the B-Sens clinched its first East Division title since the 2004-05 season. Under second-year head Coach Luke Richardson, the team reached 96 points for the second consecutive season and a spot in the playoffs.

Unfortunately, this was the second year the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins handed the Senators an early exit from playoff contention with a first round elimination. The Sens put up a good fight forcing the first three games of the series to overtime but only winning one.

Despite the disappointing post season, the Senators led the American Hockey League in a few categories. The team led the entire AHL with 276 goals for and 16 short-handed goals throughout the regular season. They had two players, Mike Hoffman and Stephane Da Costa, in the top 20 leading point scorers even with Hoffman being recalled to Ottawa for the last 26 games of the season.

STANDOUT PLAYERS

ANDREW HAMMOND- Hammond began his rookie year as a back up goalie to Nathan Lawson but soon became primary due to injuries and illness. Hammond played in 48 games compiling a 2.81 goals against average and .910 save percentage. He played all four playoff games to bring a 2.95 goals against average and .891 save percentage. Overall his record was 25-19-3 in the regular season and he recorded one shutout February 15 with an 8-0 win and 29 shots saved.

MIKE HOFFMAN- Hoffman had a standout year making his way both onto the AHL and the Binghamton Senators records. Hoffman led the team with 30 goals and 37 assists throughout the regular season. His stats landed him in the AHL 8th overall for points (67), 6th for goals (30), 9th for power-play goals (12) and 7th for power-play assists (23) during the 51 regular season games he played. Hoffman was the lone B-Sens representative at the AHL All Star game where he won the CCM Fastest Skater Contest and was named AHL Player of the Game after posting one goal and two assists. He was voted to the AHL All-Star First Team.

STEPHANE DA COSTA- Da Costa finished the season off behind Hoffman in points for the B-Sens with 58 total over 56 games. He had multi-point outings in 17 of the games. Despite missing nine games due to a nose injury, Da Costa finished the regular season with 18 goals, 40 assists and was the leading scorer in the playoffs with two goals and two assists. His regular season assists placed him 13th overall in the AHL while his total points had him in the 20th spot. His 22 power-play assists placed him 14th in the AHL and he was named the team’s MVP.

MATT PUEMPEL- Puempel was a heavy offensive presence during his rookie campaign totaling 48 points with 30 goals and 18 assists which was good enough for 5th in the team. Puempel scored 11 goals and eight assists after leading scorer, Hoffman, was called up to Ottawa. Puempel tied with Hoffman for the team-lead in goals scored with 30 over 74 games played, ranking 6th overall in the AHL. Puempel also ranked 4th in the AHL for power-play goals with 15 total. With a successful first full season with the B-Sens, Puempel ended up 9th for rookie scoring in the AHL.

FREDRIK CLAESSON- The second year defensemen played the most games out of the B-Sens with 75 of 76. He led both the Senators and the AHL throughout the season with his plus/minus ranking. Claesson ended the season with a +37 which was good for 3rd in the AHL. He had the third most assists among B-Sens defensemen with 26 throughout the regular season.

CALL UPS

CODY CECI- The rookie defensemen began his season with the Binghamton Senators where he totaled two goals and 15 assists over 24 games played including the game-winning goal on opening night. Ceci was called up on an emergency recall to Ottawa December 12, where he quickly earned his spot. He played 49 games where he had nine points with three goals and six assists. He remained in Ottawa until the season was complete and was sent back down to Binghamton to help with the playoff push. In the final three regular season games he totaled two assists along with one goal and one assist during the playoff run.

MIKE HOFFMAN- Hoffman was first called up December 2 to December 10. He played in three games and recorded two penalty minutes. Hoffman got a second call up February 23 and remained with Ottawa through their regular season. He played in 22 games where he recorded three goals, three assists and two penalty minutes.

STEPHANE DA COSTA- Da Costa began the season in Ottawa where he played in four games before being sent down to Binghamton October 18. On January 20 he was called up and remained until February 7. He played in 12 games total recording three goals and one assist along with two penalty minutes.

MARK STONE- Stone was first called up December 31 until February 6 where he recorded one goal and one assist along with two penalty minutes over seven games played. He got his second call up March 22 where he played 12 games and had three goals, three assists and two penalty minutes. Stone remained with Ottawa for the rest of the season before being sent down for Binghamton’s playoffs.

JEAN-GABRIEL PAGEAU- Pageau began the season with Ottawa playing in eight games recording one goal and two penalty minutes. After being sent down October 31, Pageau earned his second call up on December 11. He played in 13 games where he recorded one goal and eight penalty minutes before returning to Binghamton January 15. On March 30, Pageau was called back up and remained with Ottawa until the end of their regular season. He played in seven games and had two penalty minutes before returning to Binghamton for the playoffs.

MARK BOROWIECKI- The Binghamton captain was called up November 2 and played in 13 games before being returned December 1. Borowiecki recorded his first NHL goal on November 7 and had a total of 48 penalty minutes.

DEREK GRANT- Grant was called up October 18 and was returned December 1. He played in 20 games where he recorded two assists and four penalty minutes.

MIKA ZIBANEJAD- Zibanejad began his season in Binghamton where he had two goals and five assists over six games. He was called up to Ottawa October 21 where he remained for the rest of their season. He played in 69 games compiling 16 goals, 17 assists and 18 penalty minutes. 

ANDREW HAMMOND- Hammond got his first professional call up February 26 before coming back down February 28. He played in his first professional game February 17 in relief of Robin Lehner. Hammond played a total of 34:31 and had 11 saves allowing no goals. Hammond was called up a second time March 19 to March 24, but he saw no time on the ice during that stretch.

NATHAN LAWSON- Lawson was called up November 4 to November 8 as backup. He was called up again March 13 and played almost 12 minutes in the March 18 game against the New York Rangers. He allowed two goals on 10 shots faced. Lawson was injured and sent back down March 28 after he had recovered.

BINGHAMTON SENATORS ALL-TIME TOP 10 RECORDS

Ten B-Sens players broke into the team’s All-Time Top 10 Records.

 

 

Binghamton Senators All-Time Top 10 Records (Regular Season)

Category

Rank

Player

 

Games Played

6th

David Dziurzynski

269

 

7th

Mike Hoffman

242

 

8th

Jim O’Brien

234

 

9th

Corey Cowick

227

Goals

3rd

Mike Hoffman

71

Assists

5th

Mike Hoffman

98

 

7th

Stephane Da Costa

88

Points

4th

Mike Hoffman

169

 

8th

Stephane Da Costa

132

Penalty Minutes

T-5th

Mark Borowiecki

448

 

9th

David Dziurzynski

350

Power-Play Goals

3rd

Mike Hoffman

31

Short-Handed Goals

T-3rd

Derek Grant

8

 

6th

Jim O’Brien

7

 

T-10th

Jean-Gabriel Pageau

5

Game-Winning Goals

T-3rd

Mike Hoffman

12

 

T-8th

Jim O’Brien

8

Goalie Games Played

7th

Nathan Lawson

49

 

9th

Andrew Hammond

48

Goalie Wins

8th

Nathan Lawson

27

 

9th

Andrew Hammond

25

Goalie Losses

10th

Andrew Hammond

19

 

 

LOOKING TOWARDS THE FUTURE

Richardson has one year remaining on his contract and has voiced his desire to stay in Binghamton during that time. In his two years as head coach of the Binghamton Senators, he has brought young teams to a 44-24-1-7 record and a 44-24-3-5 record both for 96 points.

The B-Sens hope to see some familiar faces back on the ice including Puempel, Claesson, Hammond, Buddy Robinson, Shane Prince and Darren Kramer.

B-Sens hopefuls looking to make an impact include Troy Rutkowski, Garrett Thompson, Ryan Dzingel, Jakub Culek, Ludwig Karlsson and Chris Driedger.

Many of the roster members will become restricted free agents over the summer: Mike Sdao, Chris Wideman, Cole Schneider, David Dziurzynski, Corey Cowick, Da Costa, Ben Blood, Hoffman, Wacey Hamilton and Derek Grant.

Unrestricted free agents include: Danny New, Danny Hobbs, Patrick Mullen, Jim O’Brien, Alex Grant, Tyler Eckford, Scott Greenham and Lawson.
    
Written By: Nicole Del Villano    

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