LAST WEEK: The Binghamton Senators (33-23-5-3, 74 pts.) played three road games last week against two divisional opponents, Bridgeport and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, and took home two points to maintain a six-point advantage over Philadelphia for the fourth and final playoff spot in the East Division.
WEDNESDAY, MAR. 4 @ WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON (3-1 L): The Penguins outshot the B-Sens 20-10 through the two periods of play. Binghamton found the back of the net first with a power-play tally off the stick of Brian Lee. Denis Hamel and Greg Mauldin assisted on Binghamton’s lone goal of the night. Jeff Taffe scored in the middle period, followed by the game-winning goal from Nick Johnson in the third period. Netminder Jeff Glass turned away 30 shots in the losing effort.
FRIDAY, MAR. 6 @ BRIDGEPORT (6-5 L): The B-Sens found their offensive touch on Friday night against the Sound Tigers. Defenseman Neil Petruic buried his first goal in 117 games and added one assist for a two-point game. Winger Greg Mauldin netted three points (1+2) for the third time this season. Defenseman Brian Lee had two assists for Binghamton, while fellow blueliner Mattias Karlsson buried his sixth marker of the year, all of which have come on the power play.
SATURDAY, MAR. 7 @ WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON (2-1 W): Jeff Glass backstopped the B-Sens to the 2-1 win with 42 saves on 43 shots. Right-winger Jeremy Yablonski netted his first goal of the season off a feed from Jim McKenzie. Newcomer Jarrett Konkle collected his first AHL point, assisting on Zack Smith’s game-winning goal in the third period. The B-Sens withstood a 43-19 shot disadvantage and were a perfect 6/6 on the penalty kill. The 42 saves by Glass were the second highest this season for the 23-year-old.
THIS WEEK: The B-Sens finish their six-game road trip with visits to the Atlantic Division’s Portland Pirates (30-24-3-6, 69 pts.) on Tuesday and Worcester Sharks (32-28-1-2, 67pts.) on Wednesday. Binghamton returns home for a weekend pair against the Norfolk Admirals (26-31-3-5, 60 pts.) on Friday and Saturday.
B-SENS GAME SCHEDULE
- TUESDAY, MAR. 10 @ PORTLAND (7:00 p.m.)
- WEDNESDAY, MAR. 11 @ WORCESTER (7:05 p.m.)
- FRIDAY, MAR. 13 vs. NORFOLK (7:05 p.m.)
- SATURDAY, MAR. 14 vs. NORFOLK (7:05 p.m.)
VS. PORTLAND: The B-Sens make their only visit this season to the Cumberland County Civic Center to face Portland, the top affiliate to the Buffalo Sabres. The B-Sens edged the Pirates by a 2-1 final at home on Dec. 12. Denis Hamel and Greg Mauldin each had one goal and one assist, with linemate Peter Regin collecting two assists on the night. With the victory, Binghamton extended its home record to 5-0-0-0 all-time against Portland. In contrast to their home dominance, the B-Sens are still searching for their first road victory (0-4-0-0) over Portland in franchise history. The Pirates show four skaters with more than 40 points this season, led by right-winger Mark Mancari with 54 points (23+31).
VS. WORCESTER: The B-Sens look to sweep the home-and-home series with the Worcester Sharks, top affiliate of the San Jose Sharks. Binghamton beat Worcester 5-4 at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena on Nov. 8. Left-winger Ilya Zubov collected three points (1+2) to lead the B-Sens to victory. Defenseman Mattias Karlsson netted one goal and one assist for Binghamton, while former B-Sen and current Ottawa Senator Ryan Shannon had three assists. The Sharks are led by former B-Sen Ryan Vesce, who has 64 points (20+44) this season. His 44 assists are tied for third in the AHL. The Sharks are 20-11-0-1 on home ice this season.
VS. NORFOLK: The B-Sens and Admirals face each other in four straight games, beginning this weekend with a pair at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. Home ice has ruled the season series thus far, with Binghamton defeating Norfolk 6-3 at the Arena on Feb. 18. The Admirals got their revenge when they swept a weekend pair in Norfolk on Feb. 20 & 21, winning 5-2 and 4-2 respectively. Danny Bois, Denis Hamel and Zack Smith each netted two goals in the B-Sens 6-3 win. Friday’s game is the 50th contest between the two East Division squads. Former B-Sen Brandon Bochenski continues to lead the Admirals with 25 goals, which placing him 11th in the AHL in goal scoring.
- The B-Sens need two wins to hit 250 franchise victories.
- Binghamton is a perfect 12-0-0-0 when scoring four goals.
- Winger Greg Mauldin has set new career-highs in points (36) and assists (22).
- Defenseman Matt Carkner surpassed 1,500 penalty minutes in his AHL career on Saturday night against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
- Defenseman Mattias Karlsson leads the AHL with 25 power-play assists.
- The B-Sens power play continues to pace the AHL with a 23.7% success rate.
- POINTS: Zubov (13+31=44)
- GOALS: Hamel (22)
- ASSISTS: Karlsson (37)
- POWER-PLAY GOALS: Hennessy (11)
- SHORT-HANDED GOALS: Bois & Hamel (2)
- GAME-WINNING GOALS: Hamel (5)
- SHOTS: Hamel (194)
- WINS: Glass (9)
- SAVES: Glass (679)
- GAA: Glass (3.34)
- SAVE PERCENTAGE: Glass (.898)
B-SENS PRACTICE SCHEDULE:
- Tuesday, Mar. 10 Away
- Wednesday, Mar. 11 Away
- Thursday, Mar. 12 TBD
- Friday, Mar. 13 10 a.m. game-day skate @ BCVMA
- Saturday, Mar. 14 10 a.m. game-day skate @ BCVMA
*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.