Goaltender Andrew Hammond has risen and shined during this current road up top as the 27-year-old must be having the time of his life playing in the NHL with his modest five game win streak for the Ottawa Senators featuring back to back shutouts in the California swing that would earn him the NHL’s First Star of the Week honors. Wow!
This season in Binghamton, Hammond has struggled with inconsistencies as he had flashes of brilliance but seems to lose his confidence somehow along the way, with a record of 7-13-2 and a 3.51 GAA, along with a SV% of 0.898, hardly anything to brag about. But to his defense, Binghamton is scattered throughout the league with the highest shots allowed, as well as goals, as victims to a rather porous defensive line-up which is more naturally geared leaning towards the offense sides of things.
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Who would’ve dreamed such an occurrence would occur, as the 6′ 1″, 216 lb free agent signing netminder is most noted for being in net for three goals within 21 seconds apart to start a game in the first 36 seconds of center ice puck drop for Binghamton. Seriously, if you didn’t know, it did happen against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms in Allentown, Pa a couple of months ago. It was quite an embarrassing event, to say the least, as he was then relieved in favor of his back-up, Scott Greenham. Think about it, the starting goalie was yanked from a game, in under the beginning minute that was non-injury related! However, not all is forgotten, but on the shelf for the time being.
There is little chance he’ll be returned to Binghamton through the waiver process as his emergency recall will expire after suiting up for 10 games for Ottawa. He’ll be participating in his seventh game on Tuesday in Minnesota with Craig Anderson returning serving as his back-up. Robin Lehner on the other hand, has been sidelined for a while now with no time-table currently set for his return, so it’s likely Hammond will be in Ottawa for the long-term.
But rejoice Binghamton fans, in what has turned out to be a challenging season in the Southern Tier of NY, we can now only root on Andrew in this current accomplishments to lead the Ottawa Senators into the post season once again, as his up and down season in Binghamton has finally stabilized up top as it has unleashed a beast for Ottawa. Good for him.
Hammy, nice work man and keep it going!