The Binghamton Senators started what was their eighth 3 games in 3 nights stretch. The Senators affiliate hosted the Albany Devils and the Hamilton Bulldogs. After being the hosts for consecutive games they traveled to Connecticut to visit the Whales on Sunday for the final game of the 3 game stretch. The B-Sens got a big boost this week, Mike Hoffman made his return to the line-up after missing time with a collarbone injury.
The B-Sens held a 2-2-0-1 record versus the Devils coming into the opening game of the weekend stretch. Binghamton was hoping to come out of this weekend with a better record than the last, which included only 1 win out of 3 games. Luke Richardson went with Nathan Lawson against the Devils. They jumped out to an early 3-0 lead, getting goals from Prince, Schneider and Hoffman. But after getting the early lead the Devils cut the lead to one, with 2 goals in almost a minute. Then it was the Ottawa native, Corey Cowick who scored a shorthanded goal just about 2 minutes later to take back the 2 goal lead. Binghamton sealed the deal with an empty net goal from Schneider. Lawson made 28 saves, for the win.
After the win against Albany, they hosted Hamilton the following night as Nathan Lawson would face his former club, the Bulldogs. This was very much a back and forth game. Both clubs exchanging goals until the third period. Wacey Hamilton opened the scoring in the 2nd period, but late in the period the Bulldogs would even the game at one. Mark Stone would take back the lead in the first couple minutes of the third. The B-Sens would then take a penalty and pay for it, as Hamilton would tie it up at 2. The refs would then also give the B-Sens an opportunity with the man advantage. Stephane Da Costa would put the home team back on top with the power play goal. Mark Stone would eventually finish off the game with an empty net goal for the 4-2 victory. Lawson beat his former club with a 27 save performance.
Two wins at home is always a good way to start a 3 game stretch. But the B-Sens would hit a wall versus the Connecticut Whales. After playing at home for consecutive nights, they showed up in Connecticut flat footed, as they would allow 5 goals in the first 36 minutes of this game. Mark Stone would eventually score his 12th of the season but couldn’t do any more damage as they went down 6-1 to the Rangers affiliate. Marc Cheverie took the loss allowing 6 goals on 35 shots.
The Ottawa Senators signed two NCAA players this week. Andrew Hammond out of Bowling Green and Buddy Robinson out of Lake Superior State, who was recently eliminated out of the playoffs by Hammond’s club. This season Hammond would go on to post a 10-15-3 record with a 2.47 goals-against average and a .917 save percentage in 29 games with the NCAA’s Bowling Green Falcons this season. As for Robinson, the big forward (6’5″, 236 lbs) scored 13 goals and 13 assists in 77 games in his 2 seasons with Lake Superior State.