The Binghamton Senators had a tough trip down to Norfolk in October to take on the Admirals in a back to back set. The opening game of the series should be investigated by the police because their dignity was stolen after a 7-0 loss which in reality featured no high lights but a continued pattern of not shooting the puck. The BSens ended the game with a total 14 Shots. In an effort to leave Virginia with some sort of self-respect, the BSens won the 2nd game of the set in the Shootout.
This past weekend featured a brighter side for the team as they entered a 3 in 3 weekend against Albany, Rochester and the Hershey Bears. Binghamton beat the Albany Devils on Friday night 4-2. Binghamton saw goals from Filatov, Cowick, Hoffman, and Cannone. There was a tense point in the game when Nikita Filatov was flattened at center ice by a vicious check to the head by Albany’s Center Tim Sestito. Sestito received a match penalty and earlier this week was handed a 5 game suspension by the AHL. Besides the team getting goals from different contributors, the BSens also ended the game with 37 Shots on goal. While Filatov did return to play, BSens C Corey Locke was injured and would not play the rest of the weekend with a thumb injury that occurred on a non-call slash during the 3rd period. Initial ruling on Locke is that it might be about a month, no update as of the time of this report. Lehner finished the game with 42 Saves (3-4 Hasek like saves in the 2nd period too), and 4 PIMS for leaving the crease and taking offense to the Sistito hit on Filatov earning him a roughing minor.
Rochester was in town Saturday night for the first meeting between these 2 longtime rivals. Binghamton would get on the board first with Pat Cannone netting his 3rd of the year on the PP. Binghamton tough guy Jim O’Brien would make a beautiful move on the Amerks D-Man with a threw the leg pass to himself to rifle the puck high stick side on Rochester Net minder MacIntyre. About midway through the 3rd Rochester’s Corey Tropp would ruin Mike McKenna’s bid for the BSens first shut out of the season. Less than 3 minutes later Mike Hoffman would drive home an Eric Gryba rebound to put Bingo at its final score of 3-1 over the visiting Amerks. Mike McKenna stopped 33-34 in a great outing to mark his first win of the season subbing for the called up Robin Lenher.
And then…. There was Hershey. One of 2 teams that the BSens always struggle with (the other being Norfolk). Binghamton got off to a slow start and had seemed to fall back in its old ways of not shooting the puck and Graham Mink wasted no time in putting the Bears on the board. That would be the end of scoring for the first period. Less than 6 minutes in the 2nd Boyd Kane got his 3rd of the year and J. Mcflikier put one in about 10 minutes later but the BSens were not about to give up. Rookie Wacey Hamilton got his first of the year with 4:23 left in the 3rd. In the closing minute Bingo gave the Bears a scare when Andre Petersson got his 2nd of the year with a rookie connection on assists from Radja and Heshka. But that would be all the BSens could muster as they dropped their 2nd game of the season to the Hershey Bears 3-2.
This week the BSens will once again (for the 3rd time in 17 days) take on the Sistito-less Albany Devils in Albany on Wednesday. Please be sure to go to www.binghamtonsenators.com to listen to the award winning voice of the Binghamton Senators Graddy Whittenburg or watch the game on AHLLIVE.
Stay tuned for a Prospects Update edition of KTM on the BSENS.
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