The Binghamton Senators celebrated their 2011 Calder Cup Championship Friday night in front of a decent crowd at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena in Binghamton, NY. Forward Corey Locke skated around the rink with the hold-overs from last year’s Cup team and showed off the Cup to the arena faithful. When the championship banner was raised, that’s where the celebration ended for the B-Sens.
The B-Sens took a tough 3-2 loss at the hands of the Hershey Bears. The highlight from that game was the increase in speed it seems the B-Sens have. The biggest problem that night was trying to find a way to get out of their own zone. It seemed as if the neutral zone were a quick sand pit for the B-Sens.
Some highlights from that game were Mark Parrish netting the B-Sens second goal of the game making his veteran presence felt in Binghamton. Robin Lehner looked as though he has improved his side to side game during this off-season. Robin looked very quick in net, though sadly, not quick enough to stop the power of the always good Hershey Bears.
Saturday night marked the formal player introductions. The B-Sens jumped out to an early one goal lead over Toronto Marlies just over 90 seconds into the game on a nice little short break away by B-Sens fan favorite Kaspars Daugavins. Hulking D-man Eric Gryba also drilled home a point shot just over half way through the first to give the B-Sens a 2-0 lead after one period. That was the only lead the B-Sens would have as the second period saw three goals from Toronto and that would end the scoring as Binghamton lost 2-3 to Toronto.
Some players of note were Andre Petersson who showed good tenacity for the puck and a hustle that was impressive. Petersson was robbed twice on two short breaks during the first period. Secondly was the always calm play of new goaltender Mike McKenna. Making his first start for Binghamton, McKenna looked very sharp. What we noticed about him was his demand for control of the game. McKenna has a very good ability to control the rebounds and read the tempo of the game. It seems weird seeing McKenna playing here without the crowds chanting MC-KEN-NA repeatedly as was his customer jeer here at the arena. The down point of the game was the second period for the B-Sens. They should be embarrassed as they could only muster 1 shot on goal during that 20 minute frame. And that shot didn’t come until around the 14 minute mark of the second period.
So all in all, there were some bright glimmers of hope for this team. But they need to step it up and play the rest of the games like they played the first period Saturday Night against Toronto if they want to make another run at the Calder Cup. B-Sens are 0-2-0 on the year.
~From Bingo this is KTM on the BSens
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