The Comets try to extend their current home game win streak to five as they take on the Senators at the Aud. Coincidentally, Utica’s winning streak would begin the last time Binghamton played in Central NY with a 5-2 win on Dec 13th as the Comets also find themselves winners of four of their last five games played. Meanwhile, Bingo is looking for victory number 18 on the season and to extend their current winning streak to four games with a victory on the road and take over sole first place in the East.
(17-9-0-3) 37 pts
Tied for first in East Division
(10-15-1-1) 22 pts
Last in North Division
B-Sens Projected Lineup
Lawson / Hammond
Healthy: Forwards Darren Kramer and Buddy Robinson, Defenseman Michael Sdao.
Notes & Observations
- Utica is led by rookie netminder Joacim Eriksson (8-10-1, 2.77). The 23-year-old Swede is playing his first season in North America after posting a 21-9-0, 1.67 record for Skelleftea AIK of the SEL last season. He earned his second shutout of the season in a 3-0 effort over the Abbotsford Heat last Friday night. Eriksson is 4-0 with a 1.48 gaa and .953% in his last four starts.
- Veteran Kent Huskins, added nine games into the season, has helped solidify the back line, and Cal O’Reilly (2g 8a 13gms) has been an important element on offense and on the penalty kill. The NHL veteran, who was last playing for Magnitogorski Metallurg of the KHL, signed with the Comets last month.
- Sens Mike Hoffman is third in the league in scoring with 32 points. Fredrik Claesson is second in the AHL with a plus 20.
Three Cogs in the Machine
Utica: Forwards Pascal Pelletier (5g 16a 23gms) and Benn Ferriero (10g 10a 27gms), Defenseman Patrick Mullen (6g 4a 22gms).
Binghamton: Forwards Hoffman (14g 18a 27gms) and Cole Schneider (11g 12a 25gms), Defenseman Chris Wideman (2g 16a 27gms).
The Comets were victorious in the first ever meeting between the two clubs two weeks ago by a score of 5-2 in Utica.
B-Sens Tweet of the Day
— Mika Zibanejad (@MikaZibanejad) December 24, 2013