The Binghamton Senators are coming home undefeated as they toast the Syracuse Crunch 6-0 on Sunday in Lyon, France. Andrew Hammond went the distance in earning the shutout as the Senators dominated play early on and didn’t slow down ending their preseason camp with a perfect 3-0 record in tournament play. The winning rematch was followed up with Thursday’s 5-3 result and a 6-4 victory over the Burning Wolf on Saturday. The club will take a tour of Paris on Monday before heading home the following day.
– B-Sens lines: Guptill-Grant-Kramer, Prince-Camper-Schneider, McCormick-Dzingel-Thompson, Wong-Culek-Hobbs
– B-Sens defense: New-Wideman, Sdao-Mullen, Wishart-Rutkowski, Lepine..Hammond in goal.
Michael Sdao got the game’s first goal at 11:24 from a shot from the slot near the blueline beating Kristers Gudlevskis to put Binghamton ahead 1-0. Carter Camper followed up with a goal beating the buzzer to end the first with Cole Schneider and Troy Rutkowski getting the assists ending the first.
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Sdao and defensman Jake Dotchin duke it out with big Mike landing a series of lefts ending the fight knocking Dotchin down as we are into the second period. Guillaume Lepine‘s shot from the point gets deflected in off of Brandon Wong to increase the lead to 3-0 with the first of three goals in the period by the Sens. Lepine then drops the mitts with Dalton Smith after the ensuing faceoff with Smith winning the battle as Lepine loses his balance.
Alex Guptill snaps home his first of the preseason from the right circle at the 16:54 mark in the period making it a 4-0 game as the Sens are off and running.
Crunch defenseman Matt Corrente then goes after Max McCormick shortly after before Senator’s tough guy Darren Kramer steps in and trades places as those two exchange punches. Binghamton now makes it a 5-0 contest with Danny Hobbs making a bid to earn a spot in the line up as he scored late in the period beating Gudlevskis glove high. Wong and Jakub Culek with the assists.
In the third with this one already sealed, Guptill and Derek Grant break out on a 2-0 as Grant goes high and beating Gudlevskis to increase the lead to 6-0. The rest of the game is played out with no drama as Sdao earns Player of the Game honors.
PLAYER OF THE GAME
NOTES & OBSERVATIONS
- Both teams must be tired living out of a suitcase for nearly a week some 3600 miles from home as this game was over after the first.
- Sdao had himself an eventful day just falling short of the Gordie Howe hat trick. Sens really can’t afford him sitting as they will rely on his toughness.
- Offense continued to dominate adding six tally’s to their total of 17 goals in the three games. What was once thought of lacking on the offensive side came into the spotlight in the three wins.
- Guptill ended up the preseason with a goal and three assists, followed by Ryan Dzingel’s two goals and two assists. Rutkowski had a goal and two assists for the defense.
- Forward David Dziurzysnki, defensemen Aaron Johnson and Alex Grant were sent to Binghamton today as they will get a jump-start on finding a place to live and get settled in before others.
- Final cuts are due up top by Tuesday @ 5:00 PM for the rest as forward’s Buddy Robinson, Matt Puempel and Jean-Gabriel Pageau along with defenseman Freddy Claesson are all expected to be sent to Binghamton.
The Sens finally return home and face the season opener this Saturday, Oct 11 vs the Worcester Sharks as the East Division Title banner will be raised to the rafters in part of pregame ceremonies on Opening Night.