B-Sens Weekly: Playoff rivals cross paths again
Binghamton, Manchester square off for first time since epic 2011 Calder Cup series
LAST WEEK …
Thursday, Nov. 24: Adirondack 2, Binghamton 5
Shots: Adirondack 39, Binghamton 40
PP: Adirondack 1-for-2, Binghamton 1-for-4
The Binghamton Senators scored five goals through two periods of play to earn their second straight victory, defeating the Adirondack Phantoms 5-2 on Thanksgiving night. Captain Mark Parrish led the charge scoring a pair of goals, including the game winner, and adding an assist. Nikita Filatov and Derek Grant each scored goals for Binghamton and earned a pair of assists, following in Parrish’s footsteps to earn three points in the match. Andre Petersson also added a goal for Binghamton. Tom Sestito scored both Adirondack goals. Jason Bacashihua started in goal for the Phantoms, but was chased from the net after allowing all five Binghamton goals. Johan Backlund took over and stopped all 15 shots he faced. Mike McKenna recorded the win in goal for Binghamton, turning away 37 of 39 shots.
Friday, Nov. 25: Binghamton 1, Syracuse 4
Shots: Binghamton 26, Syracuse 42
PP: Binghamton 0-for-3, Syracuse 1-for-4
The B-Sens traveled north on I-81 to Syracuse and lost a 4-1 decision to the Crunch on Friday night. Mathieu Carle put Syracuse on the board 1:20 into the first period with a power-play goal. Nick Bonino followed minutes later to stretch the Crunch lead to 2-0 before the end of the period. Bonino and J.F Jacques added goals in the second period for a 4-0 advantage before Craig Schira scored the lone Binghamton goal late in the second period. Patrick Wiercioch and Andre Petersson were credited with assists on Schira’s first goal of the season. Iiro Tarkki stopped 25 shots for Syracuse, while Robin Lehner saved 38 of 42 shots on net for Binghamton.
Saturday, Nov. 26: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 3, Binghamton 2
Shots: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 27, Binghamton 30
PP: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1 for 3, Binghamton 1 for 4
The B-Sens returned home Saturday night, falling to the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, 3-2. Bryan Lerg and Colin McDonald scored first period goals for Wilkes-Barre, while David Dziurzynski scored a first period goal for Binghamton. Following a scoreless second period, Josh Godfrey tied the game at two with an unassisted power play tally at 3:41 of the third period. Brandon DeFazio put the Penguins ahead for good with 3:07 remaining in regulation. Scott Munroe earned the win in goal for Wilkes-Barre, turning away 28 of 30 shots, while Robin Lehner stopped 24 of 27 for Binghamton.
Standings: The B-Sens are in fifth place in the East Division (16 points).
THIS WEEK …
Friday, Dec. 2 vs. Manchester Monarchs (Los Angeles Kings) — 7:05 p.m.
The Binghamton Senators will welcome in the Manchester Monarchs for their first and only regular season trip to the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena this Friday night. The game will be the first of two the teams play against each other this season as the B-Sens are set to travel to Manchester on Feb. 3. The last time Binghamton and Manchester met was in the 2011 Calder Cup playoffs as the B-Sens rebounded from a 3-1 series deficit to take the Atlantic Division semifinal, 4-3.
The B-Sens are 8-3-1-2 against the Monarchs all-time. Manchester currently sits in second place in the Atlantic Division with a record of 12-9-0-1 and 25 points. They also enter the week winners of six straight games.
Jordan Nolan (6-8-14) and Andre Lokitonov (3-11-14) are tied for the team lead in points with 14. Lokitonov is currently on recall to the Los Angeles Kings.
Saturday, Dec. 3 at Worcester Sharks (San Jose Sharks) — 7 p.m.
The B-Sens travel to Worcester on Saturday to take on the Sharks, a team they haven’t seen since the 2009-10 season. The game is the first of two the teams will play this month as Worcester is set to visit Binghamton on Dec. 17.
The Sharks enter the week with a record of 6-6-3-2 and are currently fifth in the Atlantic Division with 17 points.
Worcester rookie goalkeeper Tyson Sexsmith ranks third in the American Hockey League with a stingy goals-against average of 1.98. Mike Connolly leads the Sharks in assists (10) and points (15). Matt Irwin has been a power-play powerhouse for Worcester. Irwin is tied for second overall in the league with six power play goals. Nine of the Sharks blueliner’s 14 points have come with the man advantage.
Sunday, Dec. 4 at Connecticut Whale (New York Rangers) — 3 p.m.
The B-Sens continue their busy weekend of three games in three nights as they travel to Hartford to face the Connecticut Whale in a Sunday matinee. The afternoon tilt will be Connecticut’s fourth game in six days.
The Whale are currently in first place of the Northeast Division, holding a record of 12-5-1-2 with 27 points.
Rookie centrd Jonathan Audy-Marchessault leads all Whale players, and ranks fifth overall in scoring among AHL rookies, with 18 points (7-11-18) in 20 games played. The Whale roster also features former Binghamton and Ottawa Senators blueliner Brendan Bell and former Ottawa defenceman Wade Redden.
SENS SNIPPETS …
Binghamton Senators captain Mark Parrish currently leads the team in scoring. Parrish has eight goals and six assists for 14 points in 18 games played.
Rookie forwards Pat Cannone and Andre Petersson currently lead all B-Sens rookies in scoring with ten points. Cannone has scored five goals and five assists in 21 games. Petersson has four goals and six assists in 19 games.