The Binghamton. Senators scored two shorthanded goals but that was all the offensive they could muster as they fell to the Portland Pirates 4-2 Saturday night.
The Senators saw smell familiar faces in Portland as former short-time Senators David Rundblad and Rob Klinkhammer were in the lineup. It was also the first time the Stone brothers, Binghamton’s Mark and Portland’s Michael, squared off as professionals. Rundblad, Klinkhammer and Michael Stone all contributed assists to help their team to the win.
Binghamton’s offense was provided by Jakob Silfverberg and Corey Cowick, whose shorthanded markers countered Portland’s two power play goals. Binghamton gave the Pirates 9 power play opportunities, while going 0/5 with their own man advantages.
Pirates goalie Chad Johnson was stellar, making 38 saves in being named the game’s first star. Robin Lehner faced only 31 shots, making 27 stops in the Senators cage.
Binghamton moves on to face the Manchester Monarchs, the affiliate of the Stanley Cup Champion Los Angeles Kings on Sunday afternoon. Dwight King and Slava Voynov were contributors to that cup run and have been assigned to Manchester during the lockout. Former Ottawa 67’s standout Tyler Toffoli has embarked on his professional career (after finishing last season there) with the Monarchs, collecting four points in five games this season.