Weekly Release - Dec. 29th
December 30, 2003
LAST WEEK: The Sens took two of three divisional games to move back into a share of fourth place in the East Division with a mark of 14-13-3-2 good for 33 points.
FRIDAY, DEC. 26th vs. BRIDGEPORT (2-0 W): Binghamton came off of the Christmas holiday by posting its second shutout of the season with its second win in five tries against the league-leading Sound Tigers. JOSH LANGFELD’s second period goal provided Ray Emery (30 saves) with all the support he would need in picking up his ninth win of the year. Captain CHRIS KELLY insured the win with an empty-netter with one second left in the game as the Sens handed Bridgeport just their fifth regulation loss of the season. The Sound Tigers outshot the Sens 30-25. Binghamton went scoreless in six power play chances while killing off all four Sound Tiger man advantages.
SATURDAY, DEC 27th @ ALBANY (2-3 L): Two soft goals in the third period turned out to be the difference as a late Sens rally fell short as the club suffered its first loss ever at Pepsi Arena in six visits. BILLY THOMPSON (22 saves) misplayed an Albany dump in on a Binghamton power play and the loose puck skipped to the front of the net where it was batted in by RYAN MURPHY to give the Rats a 3-0 third period lead. JOSH LANGFELD and ALEXANDRE GIROUX scored goals in the closing six minutes of regulation, but the Sens couldn’t cash in to force overtime. The Sens outshot the River Rats 32-24 and were 1x4 on the power play. Albany went scoreless in five man-up chances.
SUNDAY, DEC 28th @ PHILADELPHIA (5-1 W): Binghamton posted five goals in a game for the first time since a 5-3 win over Norfolk November 5th. JOSH LANGFELD extended his goal/point streak to three games, taking 1st Star honors with a goal and two assists. DENIS HAMEL, SERGE PAYER, and ALEXANDRE GIROUX chipped in with a goal and an assist each as the Sens beat the Phantoms for the second time in two visits to the Wachovia Spectrum. The clubs combined to post a 383 penalties in the contest, including 334 in the third period due to four separate brawls. Binghamton accumulated a team record 173 PIM. BRIAN McGRATTAN scored the game-winner midway through the first period and topped the Sens with 24 PIM. RAY EMERY stopped 21 of 22 shots to gain his 10th win of the year as Binghamton outshot Philadelphia 26-22. The Sens cashed in on one of seven power play attempts while denying the Phantoms on seven chances.
THIS WEEK: Binghamton opens up a five-game home stand with three games on four nights beginning with a New Year’s Eve rematch with the Bridgeport before welcoming the Norfolk Admirals and Springfield Falcons to town for games Friday and Saturday.
WEDNESDAY, DEC. 31st vs. BRIDGEPORT (6:05 p.m.) Team Poster Night/Free noisemakers/First Night Post-Game Skate & B-Sens Autograph Session on the concourse (First Night button required for post-game activities): The Sens and the Sound Tigers battle for the second time in six days in the fifth of eight regular season meetings and the second of four in Binghamton. The Sound Tigers lead the season series 3-2-0 with their three wins sandwiched between Sens victories on October 13th (2-1) and December 26th (2-0). JEFF HAMILTON continues to pace the club and the entire AHL with his 25 goals and 41 points. WADE DUBIELEWICZ (1st – 1.21 GAA) and DIETER KOCHAN (5th - 1.75 GAA)continue to rank in the top five in goals against average. The team’s penalty kill sits atop the AHL at 91.8% effectiveness.
FRIDAY, JAN. 2nd vs. NORFOLK (7:05 p.m.): The Admirals come to the Arena for the second of eight head-to-head meetings, and the second of four in Binghamton, between the East Division opponents. In the only previous meeting this season, the Sens took a 5-3 verdict in Binghamton on November 5th. DENIS HAMEL scored twice in the win with JOSH LANGELD and BROOKS LAICH notching a pair of assists each. MARTY WILFORD registered a pair of goals in a losing effort for the Admirals. Norfolk calls on the Sens January 17th before the clubs hook for four straight meetings in Virginia.
SATURDAY, JAN. 3rd vs. SPRINGFIELD (7:05 p.m.) Nickelodeon Character Night with appearance by Patrick Starfish: The Falcons make their only visit of the season to the Arena after the clubs met eight times last season as co-members of the East Division. Former Binghamton Rangers PETER and CHRIS FERRARO return to the Arena ice while Cornell University products JEAN-MARC PELLETIER and 2003 Hobey Baker Award finalist DAVID LENEVEU share the load in net. LENEVEU’s 1.20 goals against average last season set a new NCAA srecord and he elected to turn pro following Cornell’s Frozen Four campaign in which he posted a 28-3-1 record.
SENS SNIPPETS: JOSH LANGFELD has goals in three straight games and has caught linemate DENIS HAMEL for the team lead in scoring, each with totals of 12+13=25…HAMEL’s goal Sunday in Philadelphia was his first since November 14th, a span of 14 games without finding the net…Binghamton hosted its sixth sellout of the year December 26th as another 4,717 filed into the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena for the 2-0 win over Bridgeport…The Sens, who registered nine regular season sellouts a season ago, did not get #6 in the 2002-03 campaign until March 15th (home game #36)…Head Coach John Paddock will be behind the bench for his 900th regular season contest New Year’s Eve…After failing to score a power play goal in seven straight contests (Nov. 23 – Dec. 10), the Sens have notched a man-up goal in five of the last seven contests…Binghamton’s penalty kill was perfect on the weekend, killing off 16 enemy chances in three games.
SENS IN THE COMMUNTIY: No player appearances are scheduled this week.
PRACTICE SCHEDULE FOR THE WEEK OF DECEMBER 29th (subject to change):
Tuesday, December 30th 10:00 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
Wednesday, December 31st 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena BRIDGEPORT @ BINGHAMTON 6:05 p.m.
Thursday, January 1st TBA Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
Friday, January 2nd 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
NORFOLK @ BINGHAMTON 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, January 3rd 10:00 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena SPRINGFIELD @ BINGHAMTON 7:05 p.m.
B-SENS ON THE AIR: All Binghamton Senators contests are broadcast live on Clear Channel radio's 680-WINR with the M&T Bank Countdown to Face-Off preceding each broadcast 20 minutes prior to the scheduled face-off time. Fans can also access the broadcasts on-line at www.binghamtonsenators.com or at www.sportsjuice.com. B-Sens web casts are presented by Integrated Computer Solutions.