LAST WEEK: The Binghamton Senators (32-21-5-3, 72 pts.) swept the Hershey Bears and split a home-and-home series with the Rochester Americans to earn six of eight points this past week. The B-Sens have a seven-point lead over Philadelphia for the fourth and final playoff spot in the East Division.
WEDNESDAY, FEB. 25 vs. HERSHEY (6-5 W): Binghamton battled back from two three-goal deficits to down the Bears. Hershey opened the game with three goals in 10 minutes, the first coming from Keith Aucoin just 45 seconds into the contest. Following goals by Andrew Gordon and Kyle Wilson, netminder Martin Gerber was replaced by Jeff Glass. The B-Sens got on the scoreboard with Mattias Karlsson scoring his fifth goal of the season. Alexandre Giroux potted his 40th marker of the year to make it 4-1. Binghamton answered with two goals in 11 seconds, with Denis Hamel and Josh Hennessy firing the scoring shots and making it a 4-3 game at the end of the first stanza. Peter Regin tied the game at 4 early in the third period. The Bears struck back with a marker from Graham Mink. Zack Smith knotted the game at 5 with his 16th tally, a power-play goal, with just over two minutes remaining in regulation. Following a scoreless overtime session, the B-Sens scored on three of four shootout attempts to secure the extra point.
FRIDAY, FEB. 27 vs. HERSHEY (5-4 W): The Bears once again jumped out early, this time taking a 2-0 lead off goals from Alexandre Giroux and Kyle Wilson. Binghamton responded with two power-play markers in just over a minute to make it a 2-2 contest. Josh Hennessy netted his 19th marker and Denis Hamel followed with his 21st tally. The Bears grabbed the lead back before the end of the opening period with a second goal from Kyle Wilson. Peter Regin buried his first goal of the night early in the second period to bring the Senators even with the Bears at 3. Hershey took the lead back off a power-play tally from Graham Mink. Regin answered with his second goal to tie the game at 4 apiece and force overtime. Regin capped the hat trick with the overtime game-winner, beating netminder Daren Machesney with a wrist shot. The hat trick was the first of his AHL career and the first of the season for a B-Sens player. Netminder Jeff Glass made 24 saves to earn his third straight win over Hershey.
SATURDAY, FEB. 28 vs. ROCHESTER (4-3 W): The B-Sens power play converted on three of five attempts to power them to a 4-3 win over the Amerks. Peter Regin made it three straight games with a goal when he netted Binghamton’s opening goal. Following a Rochester goal midway through the period, Ilya Zubov buried his first goal in 13 games with just one second remaining before the intermission. Zubov factored on Binghamton’s third goal, feeding Josh Hennessy who buried a wrist shot to give the B-Sens a 3-1 lead. The Amerks battled back to tie the game with goals from Andrew Sweetland and Michael Duco.
Zack Smith put the Senators ahead for good with a deflection goal off a Mattias Karlsson shot.
Jeff Glass won his third game of the week with 25 saves. Karlsson (0+3) and Zubov (1+2) both finished the night with three points.
SUNDAY, MAR. 1 @ ROCHESTER (3-2 L): Rochester spoiled the B-Sens bid for a perfect week with a 3-2 victory at Blue Cross Arena on Sunday evening. Binghamton held an early 2-0 lead but could hold off the Amerks. Peter Regin made it four straight games with a marker when he beat netminder Tyler Plante with a one-timer from the right circle. Left-winger Shawn Weller buried his first goal in 16 games when he collected a rebound at the left post and scooped it past Plante to give Binghamton the 2-0 lead. The Amerks answered 22 seconds later with a snap shot from Michal Repik. Judd Blackwater snapped a shot from just inside the blue line past netminder Martin Gerber to make it a 2-2 game. Defenseman Jordan Henry netted the game-winning short-handed goal with just 31 seconds remaining in regulation. Henry skated into the B-Sens zone and took a feed from David Brine. Henry beat Gerber over the glove hand to give the Amerks a 3-2 win.
THIS WEEK: The B-Sens (32-21-5-3, 72 pts.) hit the road for three divisional games this week, two against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (37-19-2-2, 78 pts.) and one tilt against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (36-17-3-5, 80 pts.).
B-SENS GAME SCHEDULE
- WEDNESDAY, MAR. 4 @ WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON (7:05 p.m.)
- FRIDAY, MARCH 6 @ BRIDGEPORT (7:00 p.m.)
- SATURDAY, MARCH 7 @ WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON (7:05 p.m.)
VS. WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON: The B-Sens won their last game against the Penguins, a 6-4 victory on home ice on Jan. 16. Peter Regin buried two goals and Shawn Weller netted the game-winning goal and added one assist. Martin Gerber made 43 saves to secure the win for Binghamton. Ilya Zubov also chipped in three points (1+2). Binghamton has struggled on the road against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton this season, falling 3-0 on Nov. 15 and 6-3 on Dec. 28. The B-Sens are 4-10-0-0 over the last five years at Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza. Denis Hamel netted a hat trick in the B-Sens 4-2 win in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on October 27, 2007.
Sniper Chris Minard has returned from his most recent recall to Pittsburgh. Minard is tied for the league lead with 15 power-play goals and is tied for second among all goal scorers with 28 markers. He’s tallied his 28 goals in just 37 games played. Netminder John Curry has posted a 23-10-0 record this season for the Penguins, with a 2.46 goal-against average and a .916 save percentage. His 23 wins are good for third among all AHL netminders. The Penguins show five skaters with 40 or more points.
VS. BRIDGEPORT: The B-Sens face off with the Sound Tigers for the eighth and final time this season. Binghamton has one win this season at the Arena at Harbor Yard, a 4-1 victory on Dec. 20. Ilya Zubov has 11 points (3+8) in six games against the Sound Tigers this season. He has multiple points in four of six games. Defenseman Drew Fata shows three goals against his former team, including a two-goal night in Bridgeport on Dec. 20.
The Sound Tigers are led by Mike Iggulden, who has 57 points (23+34) which is tied for ninth among all AHL skaters. Bridgeport netminder Nathan Lawson has a 15-7-2 record this season and currently leads the AHL with a .938 save percentage. He ranks second with a 1.81 goals-against average.
- Peter Regin collected his first AHL hat trick (3+1) and the first of the season for a B-Sens player on Friday, Feb. 27 against Hershey.
- Regin’s point streak now stands at nine games (6+9).
- Defenseman Mattias Karlsson set a new franchise record with assists in nine straight games (1+11).
- Denis Hamel’s point streak ended on Sunday evening in Rochester at 10 games (7+6), one game shy of his career-high 11-game point streak (12/31/04-1/26/05 - 8+10).
- Hamel is nine points shy (264+227) of 500 for his AHL career. He looks to become the 75th AHL player and third this season (Keith Aucoin and Darren Haydar) to reach the milestone.
- Greg Mauldin tied a career-high with three assists in Binghamton’s 5-4 win over Hershey on Friday, Feb. 27.
- Josh Hennessy recorded his 20th goal of the season in the B-Sens 4-3 win over Rochester Saturday night. He now has 20 or more goals in each of his four professional seasons (3-Binghamton, 1-Cleveland).
- POINTS: Zubov (13+30=43)
- GOALS: Hamel (21)
- ASSISTS: Karlsson (36)
- POWER-PLAY GOALS: Hennessy (11)
- SHORT-HANDED GOALS: Bois & Hamel (2)
- GAME-WINNING GOALS: Hamel (5)
- SHOTS: Hamel (186)
- WINS: Glass (8)
- SAVES: Glass (584)
- GAA: Gerber (2.91)
- SAVE PERCENTAGE: Gerber (.910)
REEBOK/AHL PLAYER OF THE WEEK NOMINEE: Center Peter Regin was this week’s nominee for the Reebok/AHL Player of the Week. Regin registered six goals and two assists in four games this past week, including his first AHL hat trick and four-point game (3+1) in the B-Sens 5-4 win over Hershey on Friday night.
CCM/AHL PLAYER OF THE MONTH - FEBRUARY: Center Peter Regin was Binghamton’s nominee for the CCM/AHL Player of the Month for February. Regin finished the month with six goals, 10 assists and a +4 rating. He finished the month on an eight-game point streak (5+9).
REEBOK EDGE/AHL ROOKIE OF THE MONTH - FEBRUARY: Defenseman Mattias Karlsson was Binghamton’s nominee for the Reebok Edge/AHL Rookie of the Month for February. Karlsson finished the month with one goal and 15 assists. He had multiple points in four of 12 games during the month and set a new B-Sens franchise record with assists in nine straight games.
B-SENS PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
- Tuesday, Mar. 3 10:30 a.m. @ BCVMA
- Wednesday, Mar. 4 10 a.m. game-day skate @ BCVMA
- Thursday, Mar. 5 No practice - away
- Friday, Mar. 6 No practice - away
- Saturday, Mar. 7 No practice - away
*All practice times and locations subject to change without notice*
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B-SENS TICKET PACKAGES: 2009-10 full and half-season tickets are on sale. For information on ticket packages contact the Binghamton Senators’ executive office at (607) 722-SENS.