B-Sens Weekly: Shootout victory salvages split
Petersson notches first goal as North American pro in rebound win over Norfolk
LAST WEEK …
Friday, Oct. 21: Binghamton 0, Norfolk 7
Shots: Binghamton 14, Norfolk 53
PP: Binghamton 0-for-2, Norfolk 3-for-4
The B-Sens fell to the Norfolk Admirals at the Scope Arena on Friday night 7-0. It was their largest margin of defeat since a 7-0 loss at Albany on Feb. 13, 2010. Trevor Smith scored a hat trick for the Ads, while Matt Fornataro earned three assists. J.T. Wyman, Carter Ashton and Cory Conacher also scored for the Admirals. Dustin Tokarski earned the shutout, stopping all 14 Binghamton shots faced. Robin Lehner started in goal for the B-Sens, stopping 35 of 38 shots faced through two periods. Mike McKenna took over between the pipes for the third period, stopping 11-of-15 shots.
Saturday, Oct. 15: Norfolk 2, Binghamton 3 (SO)
Shots: Norfolk 39, Binghamton 39
PP: Norfolk 1-for-5, Binghamton 1-for-3
The B-Sens rebounded from an embarrassing 7-0 loss on Friday, defeating the Norfolk Admirals 3-2 in a shootout on Saturday night. Both of Binghamton’s regulation goals came in the first period of play. Mark Parrish tallied his team-leading fifth goal of the season, while Andre Petersson netted his first goal as a North American pro. Goaltender Robin Lehner earned credit for secondary assists on both goals. Defenceman Mike Vernace scored a pair of goals in the second period for the Admirals, which was enough to force overtime and the eventual shootout. Lehner stoned all four Norfolk attempts in the shootout, while Mike Hoffman and Petersson notched goals in the third and fourth rounds respectively to seal the victory for the B-Sens.
Standings: The B-Sens are in fifth place in the East Division (seven points).
THIS WEEK …
Friday, Oct. 28 vs. Albany Devils (New Jersey Devils) – 7:05 p.m.
The Binghamton Senators welcome the Albany Devils to the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena for the first time this season. The meeting is the second of eight meetings between the two teams. The B-Sens travelled to Albany on Oct. 16, downing the Devils 4-2. The Devils enter the week 3-5-0-0, tied with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and Springfield Falcons for third place in the Northeast Division (six points). Matt Anderson currently holds the scoring lead in Albany with six points (three goals, three assists) in eight games. Tim Sestito leads the Devils and is tied for second overall in the American Hockey League in penalty minutes with 41.
Saturday, Oct. 29 vs. Rochester Americans (Buffalo Sabres) – 7:05 p.m.
The B-Sens will also welcome the Rochester Americans to the arena for the first time this weekend. The game is the first of eight meetings between the teams. The Amerks are 3-3-1-1 so far this season, good for eight points and second place overall in the North Division. Forwards Zack Kassian and Derek Whitmore are currently tied for the team lead in points with seven; both have scored three goals and added four assists in eight games.
Sunday, Oct. 30 @ Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) – 5 p.m.
The B-Sens wrap up the weekend as they make their first trip of the regular season to the Giant Center, a building in which Binghamton has only won six games since 2002. The Bears currently sit in first place of the East Division, boasting a record of 5-1-1-0 (11 points). Hershey also enters the week with the league’s second best power play percentage (34.2 per cent), going 13-for-38 with the man advantage. Chris Bourque currently leads the Bears, and his American Hockey League peers, in points having scored 13 (five goals, eight assists) in seven games. Former Binghamton Senators forward Ryan Potulny is currently out of the Bears lineup after undergoing surgery for a sports hernia.
SENS SNIPPETS …
Right wing Mark Parrish was named the Binghamton Senators’ 2011-12 captain last Friday. Prior to joining the B-Sens, he appeared in 118 career American Hockey League games with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, New Haven Beast, Norfolk Admirals and Portland Pirates, recording 93 points (37 goals, 56 assists) while adding 48 penalty minutes.
Parrish has also appeared in 722 career NHL games with the Florida Panthers, New York Islanders, Los Angeles Kings, Dallas Stars, Tampa Bay Lightning and Buffalo Sabres. He has scored 216 goals and added 171 assists for 387 career points while adding 246 penalty minutes.
Right wing Andre Petersson scored his first goal as a North American pro in Binghamton’s 3-2 shootout victory over the Norfolk Admirals on Saturday. In six games with the B-Sens this season, Petersson has two points (one goal, one assist) and is a plus-one.