B-Sens Weekly: Giving thanks for an uplifting win
After ending skid against Bulldogs, Binghamton faces busy holiday weekend slate
LAST WEEK …
Friday, Nov. 18: Binghamton 4, Hamilton 2
Shots: Binghamton 34, Hamilton 31
PP: Binghamton 2-for-3, Hamilton 1-for-6
The Binghamton Senators snapped an eight-game losing streak with a 4-2 win over the North Division’s Hamilton Bulldogs at Montreal’s Bell Centre on Friday night. Nikita Filatov led the Binghamton offence as he scored a pair of goals, including the game-winner, and added an assist. B-Sens captain Mark Parrish also had a three point night as he racked up a trio of assists. Pat Cannone and Riley Armstrong also scored for the B-Sens. Alexander Avtsin and Dany Masse each tallied a goal for the Bulldogs. Mike McKenna earned the nod in goal for Binghamton, making 29 saves.
Standings: The B-Sens are in fifth place in the East Division (14 points).
THIS WEEK …
Thursday, Nov. 24 vs. Adirondack Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers) – 6:05 p.m.
The Binghamton Senators welcome former B-Sens captain Denis Hamel and the Adirondack Phantoms for the first time this season as the teams square off in the traditional Thanksgiving Day game this evening. The meeting is the first of eight between the teams this season. Adirondack enters the week with a record of 9-6-0-1, ranking fifth overall in the Northeast Division with 19 points. Hamel leads the Phantoms in goals (nine) and points (15). Rookie Jason Akeson is hot on Hamel’s heels, ranking second overall on the team in scoring with 14 points (five goals, nine assists).
Friday, Nov. 25 at Syracuse Crunch (Anaheim Ducks) – 7:30 p.m.
The B-Sens make the trip north on I-81 Friday night to take on the Syracuse Crunch. Syracuse is 8-6-2-1, ranking fourth overall in the East Division with 19 points, five ahead of the fifth-place B-Sens. The teams last met in Binghamton on Oct. 14, a 5-4 overtime victory for the visiting Crunch. Kyle Palmieri scored the game-winning goal and added two assists in the Oct. 14 tilt. Palmieri leads the team in goals (12) and is tied for first overall on the Crunch in points with 17. The B-Sens will aim to play a disciplined game as Syracuse boasts the league’s second best power play, having gone 21-for-75 with the man advantage (28 per cent).
Saturday, Nov. 26 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins) – 7:05 p.m.
The B-Sens complete a stretch of three games in three nights as they host the East Division leading (10-5-1-3, 24 points) Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Saturday night. The meeting is the fourth of 10 between the division rivals. The teams last met on Nov. 15 in Wilkes-Barre, where Scott Munroe stopped all 25 shots faced to help lead the Penguins to the 3-0 shutout victory. The Pens enter the week with an impressive road record of 8-1-0-2. Although they are 5-3-0-2 in their past 10 games, the Pens have dropped their last four games (0-2-0-2), including a 7-5 regulation loss to Syracuse Crunch on Thanksgiving eve. Bryan Lerg (8-8-16) and Colin McDonald (4-12-16) are currently tied for the team lead in points.
SENS SNIPPETS …
Forward Jack Downing, currently on loan to the B-Sens’ ECHL affiliate Elmira Jackals, scored his first professional goal in the Jackals 5-3 loss to the Kalamazoo Wings last Friday. Downing has appeared in 11 games with the B-Sens this season, recording one point (an assist).