Ben Bishop made 33 saves to get his first win of the season as the Binghamton Senators defeated the star-studded Adirondack Phantoms 5-2 Friday night. Binghamton got goals from five different players – Derek Grant, tyler Eckford, Pat Cannone, Mika Zibanejad and Mark Stone – as the team continues to get offense by committee this season.
Sean Couturier and Ben Holmstrom were the marksmen for the Phantoms. It was Bishop’s first win in 3 starts since signing on after the season began in Bimghamton.
For all the NHL talent on the Phantoms (Brayden Schenn, Couturier, Eric Wellwood) they have struggled out of the gate and have a sub .500 reord (6-7) thus far. Meanwhile, the Senators are on a streak that has them getting points in three straight games (2-0-1) and they sit in the pack of the Eastern Conference, just 6 points out of top spot.
The game featured a line brawl late in the second period that saw eight players get ejected for “secondary altercation”. For those fight fans out there, here is the brawl:
Zibanejad’s goal was his first of the season, and as such was his first AHL goal as he also led the team with 6 shots on goal and was named the first star.
Binghamton gets right back at it, hosting the Rochester Americans on Saturday night.