In usual AHL format the Binghamton Senators played 3 games in 3 nights this week and just like the big club, they keep finding ways to win despite missing a big portion of their players. The Ottawa Senators this week returned Derek Grant back to Binghamton but also recalled Mark Stone.
The Ottawa Senators affiliate played versus the Connecticut Whale and the Rochester Americans on home ice and then traveled to Hersey to face the bears. For the Friday night game it was Nathan Lawson who started in goal for the B-Sens. Scoring was well spread out as Luke Richardson received scoring from all parts of his line-up from Frederik Claesson, Chris Wideman and Wacey Hamilton(empty net). The Whale could not solve Lawson, as he led the way with a 34 save shutout.
The following night the B-Sens hosted the Western Conference, Rochester Americans, who currently sit 7th in their conference. After Lawson’s shutout, Richardson had no choice but to once again go with Lawson. This was a very tight game in all aspects, goals were scored in bunches. Binghamton had a 2 goal lead at one point courtesy of a couple goals from Shane Prince and Corey Cowick, but the Amerks closed the lead by the 3rd period and they were off to overtime! Once again to show his coach he is the real deal and can lead this team, it was Corey Cowick with his second of the game and eleventh(!) goal of the season, scoring to end the game in the extra period. He was your hero for that one, Lawson put aside 41 of 44 shots.
On the final game of this stretch the B-Sens were off to Hersey to give the bears a visit. In a not so surprising move, the coach went with Marc Cheverie in this one, to face the 7th place eastern conference team. After Jean-Gabriel Pageau opened to scoring in the first, they lead the Bears after one. But were dominated in the second period as the Bears scored twice to take the lead. Hersey out shot the B-Sens 19-8 in that frame and were going into the final period with the one goal lead. The tables would turn in the 3rd period as the B-Sens badly out shot the Bears 12-4, which lead them to 2 goals to win the game. Goals came from Shane Prince and Derek Grant, Cheverie made 28 saves on the Senators final win of their 3 game winning streak.
Not a bad weekend for the Sens affiliate, finding ways to win with this line up in nothing short of remarkable. Luke Richardson has to be really impressing the Ottawa Senators executives. It has been really nice to see the local guy, Corey Cowick, the Gloucester, Ontario native have this breakout season. He is now closing on the team lead in point with 11 goals and 16 assists, he has really become a leader on this team. Also playing well is the rookie, Shane Prince with 25 points.
Should note that with all the players taken from the B-Sens line-up, they have signed Kyle Bushee, a defenseman; and Stephen Schultz a forward, to pro tryout contracts. Both are ECHL products, Bushee has previously spent time with the Binghamton organization, he was previously playing the their affiliate in Elmira. He has put together a good season leading all Elmira blueliners with 31 points, 8 goals and 23 assists in 56 games. As for Schultz, he has also spent time in the AHL, with the Texas Stars. He began this season in the ECHL with the Trenton Titans, were he recorded 51 points, 26 goals and 25 assists in 47 games.
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