A lot has changed in a very short time when intense practices gain in results.
Binghamton now leads the AHL at 32.3% by scoring 10 goals in 31 opportunities for the #1 position in the league. Coach Luke Richardson credits hard work in practice and team leadership for their early success on the man advantage. This hasn’t been the case as the special teams unit was struggling early on by slotting as low as 22nd in the league before going 4 for 4 against Bridgeport and scoring on the first 2 pp’s against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
“Well I think we’ve been working on it. You have a little more time once the season got going now and you start to settle in on who fits in where better,” said coach Richardson. “Credit to them, you can practice it all you want, but if you don’t stick to the game plan and execute and move the puck quickly and make the other team move and catch them out of position, you’re not going to score, do well or execute.”
Luke addresses the positives following the #1 status for WBNG-TV12 along with Mike Hoffman‘s early success.
PP unit consisting of Hoffman playing the point and is tied for the league lead in pp goals at 3. Defenseman Cody Ceci has been out there as well as team mate Chris Wideman in scoring his 1st goal of the season on the pp last Saturday night against Adirondack. Stephane Da Costa and Jim O’Brien have been centering as Richardson has been mixing up the line’s and rotating forward’s Cole Schneider, Shane Prince, Matt Puempel and Andre Pettersson have all seen ice as well as Buddy Robinson.
Coach Richardson thought’s on this weekend’s upcoming games as well as last game’s 3-1 defeat meltdown to Adirondack also courtesy of WBNG-TV12.
The Senators play both Friday and Saturday this weekend for re-matches against the Adirondack Phantoms and the Syracuse Crunch. Look for my pre-game reviews as well as game re-caps to follow.