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B-Sens Weekly

LAST WEEK…

Wednesday, Feb. 5: Portland 5, Binghamton 1
Shots: Portland 22, Binghamton 23
PP: Portland 4 for 9, Binghamton 0 for 6  

Binghamton failed the two-game season sweep of the visiting Portland Pirates, allowing four power-play goals in a 5-1 loss at home this past Wednesday.  Chris Brown scored twice for the Pirates while goaltender Mark Visentin stopped 22 of 23 shots faced for the victory. 

Jim O’Brien struck first for the B-Sens 4:53 into the opening period for his tenth marker of the year.  Visentin got a pad on Shane Prince’s original shot, but O’Brien managed to lift the puck off a rebound over the goaltender’s shoulder to give the Sens a 1-0 lead.  Brown evened the score on his first goal of the night 15:09 into the period before besting Hammond less than three minutes later on the power play giving the visitors the 2-1 lead heading into the first intermission. 

Portland was rewarded another power-play chance just over a minute into the middle frame following a Buddy Robinson hooking call.  Brandon McMillan earned his eighth goal of the year just over 40 seconds into the man advantage extending the lead to 3-1.  Brandon Gormley and Tobias Rieder added power-play goals of their own to close out the second period and give the Pirates a 5-1 lead heading into the final period of regulation. 

Andrew Hammond’s night ended after surrendering five goals on just 14 shots.  Nathan Lawson turned in a perfect eight saves on eight shots faced, but the Binghamton offense was held to just five shots on goal in the final period. Visentin earned his eleventh victory of the season with the 5-1 win. 

Saturday, Feb. 8: Hamilton 5, Binghamton 4 (OT)
Shots: Hamilton 40, Binghamton 40
PP: Hamilton 1 for 3, Binghamton 1 for 3 

Despite a strong start, the B-Sens fell 5-4 in overtime to the Hamilton Bulldogs.  Playing a scheduled home game in Ottawa, Binghamton scored three first period goals before eventually losing in the extra period with 30 seconds remaining in front of 14,869 fans. 

Prince continued his recent hot streak giving the Sens the lead just over two minutes into the contest.  Andre Petersson fed a great outlet pass to the speedy Prince who skated past the Bulldog defense before beating goaltender Robert Mayer low for his 14th goal of the season.  Mike Hoffman notched his first of two goals on the night under four minutes into the contest on a tic-tac-toe passing sequence from Stephane Da Costa and Cole Schneider.  Hoffman added his second tally at 12:19 to make it 3-0.  Schneider fed the puck to Hoffman from the top of the right faceoff circle who beat Mayer high for his 25th goal of the year.  With less than two minutes remaining in the period the Bulldogs got on the board courtesy of a power-play strike from Mike Blunden cutting the score to 3-1 at the break. 

Lawson started in goal for Binghamton but did not take the ice at the start of the second period for unknown reasons thus yielding duties to Hammond.  The Bulldogs tested the rookie backup constantly throughout the period recording 18 shots on goal.  Gabriel Dumont scored his eleventh goal of the season at 7:30 of the period cutting the Sens lead to one.  Less than five minutes later, Maxime Macenauer tied the game at three apiece off a great look from Sven Andrighetto.  Petersson restored Binghamton’s lead on the power play with less than one minute remaining in the period to give the hosts a 4-3 advantage heading into the final 20 minutes of play.  

Christian Thomas scored his seventh goal of the year at the 15:16 mark of the third sending the game to overtime tied 4-4.  Overtime saw a fast paced battle with both teams putting five shots on goal.  Joe Tinordi notched the game-winner at 4:30 giving the visitors the come-from-behind victory.  Hammond fell to 13-10-3 allowing four goals on 33 shots faced.  Hoffman finished with two goals and an assist while Petersson notched a goal and an assist and Schneider chipped in two assists to lead the Sens offensively.    


Record: 29-15-1-3 (62 points)

Standings: Binghamton clings to a one point lead in the East Division over second place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton who are 28-16-2-3 (61 points) through 49 games this year.  Hershey (26-16-3-3) and Norfolk (25-15-1-7) sit deadlocked in the third position with 58 points apiece while Syracuse sits in last place with a 18-21-3-5 record good for 44 points.              


THIS WEEK…


Friday, February 14 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins)—7:05p.m. 
 
The B-Sens resume play following the short All-Star break with a home contest versus the second place Penguins.  This will be the fourth meeting of the eight-game season series between the division foes with Wilkes-Barre holding a slight 2-1 lead. 

Offensively the Penguins are led by right winger Tom Kostopoulos’ 18 goals and 32 points while goaltender Jeff Deslauriers has appeared in 31 games registering a 17-11-2 record with a 2.38 goals-against average and a 0.902 save percentage.     

Saturday, February 15 vs. Worcester Sharks (San Jose Sharks)—7:05p.m.

The Sens host the Sharks for the second of two meetings between the teams to close out the weekend.  Back on January 29 in Worcester, Binghamton doubled up the Atlantic Division foe 6-3 thanks to Hoffman’s five-point record tying night.  Worcester currently sits in fourth place in the Atlantic with a 23-19-3-1 record (50 points). 

Center Freddie Hamilton leads all Sharks skaters with 13 goals and 27 points through 36 games this season.  Goaltender Harri Sateri has seen action in 30 games this year going 12-17-1 with a 3.08 goals-against average and a 0.889 save percentage.  Rookie netminder Troy Grosenick has appeared in 19 contests thus far going 11-5-0 while compiling a 2.11 goals-against average and a 0.921 save percentage.          
     
 
PROMOTIONS:

Friday night will be the B-Sens annual Power to the Purple event.  Binghamton has partnered with D.I.F.D (Do It For Daron) and The Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier (MHAST) in an effort to spread the message of youth mental health awareness. 

Power to the Purple Night seeks to inspire conversations about youth mental health and promote mental well-being. Mental health isn't always easy to talk about, but it's definitely worth talking about - the earlier a mental illness is recognized and treated, the better the chances are for recovery. Power to the Purple empowers people to start these important conversations with their friends, family, and community. During Power to the Purple Night, the B-Sens in conjunction with MHAST and D.I.F.D. will highlight issues surrounding youth mental illness and promote resources within the Binghamton community that offer mental health support services to youth and their families.

The event was created in honor of Daron Richardson, the 14-year-old daughter of B-Sens head coach Luke Richardson, who lost her life to suicide in November 2010. Her favorite color was purple, so all fans are encouraged to wear purple to the game in support of youth mental health.

Binghamton will wear special D.I.F.D. purple warm-up jerseys to be raffled and auctioned off along the concourse and the first 1,000 fans through the gates will receive a special D.I.F.D. Rally Towel.  For more information on this special night visit our website at www.binghamtonsenators.com.

The first 1,000 fans through the doors will receive a FREE Grocery Tote courtesy of Elmira Business Institute. 

Fans may also use their Price Chopper AdvantEdge Cards to receive $4.00 off when purchasing their tickets at either the Arena Box Office or the Sens Executive Office.  This offer is not valid with the special D.I.F.D. tickets.  Also, the Friday2Pack is available for this game where fans can get two tickets (in sections 6-10), two hotdogs and two sodas for just $32.00.  
 
Saturday Binghamton faces Worcester in the annual Heart Cup Game presented by the American Heart Association.  Pregame will be the Battle of the Badge game between Binghamton Fire and Binghamton Police starting at 4:30p.m.  A Senators game ticket is needed for admission to both games. 

Members of Binghamton Fire and Police will participate in a ceremonial puck drop before the start of the Sens vs. Sharks game at 7:05p.m. 

Fans are able to receive $15.00 tickets for either Friday or Saturday’s games by calling the Sens Executive Office at (607) 722-7367.  Friday night $2.00 from each ticket sold will go directly to MHAST to help with the cost of educating local youth coaches in Mental Health First Aid while Saturday $2.00 from each ticket will be donated to the American Heart Association. 

SENS SNIPPETS…
 
Defenseman Mike Sdao is currently 12th in the AHL and number one among rookies in total penalty minutes with 123 over 38 games.

Forward Matt Puempel has scored eight power-play goals this season putting him in a three-way tie for first place among league rookies. 


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

Wednesday, Feb. 12    OFF – NO MEDIA AVAILABILITY
                                             (All-Star Break) 

Thursday, Feb. 13        3:30p.m. – On Ice at Broome County Arena
                                         (Optional 1 hr Skate)

Friday, Feb. 14            10:00a.m. – On Ice at Broome County Arena
                                    7:05p.m. – Wilkes-Barre/Scranton vs. Binghamton
                                                 Broome County Arena

Saturday, Feb. 15        10:30a.m. – On Ice at Broome County Arena
                                    7:05p.m. – Worcester vs. Binghamton 
                                                 Broome County Arena

Sunday, Feb. 16          OFF – NO MEDIA AVAILABILITY

Monday, Feb. 17          10:30a.m. – On Ice at Broome County Arena
                                    4:00-6:00p.m. – Player Appearance 
                                   Laurel Bowl – Laurel Ave, Binghamton 
                                    5:30p.m. – Celebrity Bartending 
                                   Burger Mondays – Binghamton, NY

Tuesday, Feb. 18         10:30a.m. – On Ice at Broome County Arena

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For more information, please contact:
Joe Battaglini, Director of Media Relations, 607-722-7367

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