The Binghamton Senators finished the 2006-07 season with a 2-1 win over the defending Calder Cup Champion Hershey Bears on Saturday night at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. Leading scorer Jeff Heerema buried the game-winning short-handed marker late in the second period to lead the Senators past their I-81 rivals.
Josh Hennessy teamed with Ryan Vesce on the opening marker of the night. Vesce took the Hennessy pass and dumped it behind him for a trailing Hennessy. Hennessy blasted a one-timer from just outside the right faceoff circle past netminder Frederick Cassivi to give Binghamton a 1-0 lead.
Following a Hershey power-play goal midway through the second period, Heerema gave Binghamton the lead for good at 17:30 of the second period. With Cory Pecker in the penalty box on an unsportsmanlike conduct call, Heerema gathered a loose puck in near the Senators’ blue line. Heerema worked up the left boards into the Bears zone, snapping a wrist shot past Cassivi. The short-handed marker was the fourth of the year for Binghamton, and the game-winner was his team-leading fifth of the year.
Netminder Kelly Guard stopped 23 shots through two periods before Jeff Glass entered the game for the third period. Glass held off the late Hershey charge, stopping all 14 shot attempts in the final period.