B-Sens Weekly: Rookie forward Petersson on a roll
Swedish winger extends point streak to seven games in helping Binghamton win pair
LAST WEEK …
Friday, Dec 2: Manchester 1, Binghamton 4
Shots: Manchester 28, Binghamton 26
PP: Manchester 0-for-3, Binghamton 2-for-4
The Binghamton Senators jumped out to a quick start, scoring three goals in the first period en route to defeating the Manchester Monarchs 4-1 Friday night. Andre Petersson gave the B-Sens an early lead with a goal just 1:46 into the game. Mike Hoffman and Mike Bartlett added first-period power-play goals for Binghamton. Patrick Mullen put Manchester on the board with just 55.5 seconds remaining in the first. Eric Gryba scored an empty-net goal with 1:23 remaining in regulation to seal the victory for the B-Sens. Jeff Zatkoff stopped 22 of 25 shots he faced in goal for Manchester and Robin Lehner earned the win for Binghamton by turning away 27 of 28 shots.
Saturday, Dec 3: Binghamton 1, Worcester 2
Shots: Binghamton 22, Worcester 35
PP: Binghamton 0 for 1, Worcester 1 for 4
The B-Sens travelled to Worcester, dropping a one-goal game to the Sharks on Saturday night. Though neither team was able to find the back of the net through the game’s first two periods, the offence woke up in the final frame for three total goals. Pat Cannone’s goal midway through the third gave Binghamton a 1-0 lead. Tommy Wingels’ power-play goal four minutes later tied the game for the Sharks. Ryan Del Monte scored the game winner for Worcester in the final five minutes of regulation. Tyson Sexsmith turned away 21 of 22 shots for the Sharks, while Mike McKenna stopped 33 of 35 in net for Binghamton.
Sunday, Dec 4: Binghamton 4, Connecticut 3
Shots: Binghamton 34, Connecticut 26
PP: Binghamton 1 for 4, Connecticut 1 for 1
The B-Sens completed a stretch of three games in three nights as they defeated the Connecticut Whale in Hartford on Sunday. Mats Zuccarello and Andreas Thuresson gave Connecticut a 2-0 lead in the first, but Rob Klinkhammer, Andre Petersson and Derek Grant countered with goals for Binghamton in the second period to take control of the game, 3-2. Zuccarello scored his second of the game with 1:10 remaining in the middle frame to tie the score at 3-3. Petersson scored the lone goal of the third period, his second of the game, which proved to be the game-winner. Cameron Talbot stopped 30 of 34 shots in goal for the Whale, while Robin Lehner earned the win in net for Binghamton by turning aside 23 of 26.
Standings: The B-Sens are in fifth place in the East Division (20 points).
THIS WEEK …
Wednesday, Dec. 7 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins) – 7:05 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 12 at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins – 7:05 p.m.
The Binghamton Senators welcome the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins to Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena tonight for a mid-week matchup, before making the trip down I-81 on Tuesday to visit the Penguins. Tonight’s match will be the fifth of 10 meetings between the two teams this season.
The Penguins hold a record of 12-7-1-4 and are currently tied with the Hershey Bears and Norfolk Admirals for first place in the East Division with 29 points.
Bryan Lerg (9-9-18), Colin McDonald (5-13-18) and Ben Street (7-11-18) are tied for the team lead in points.
Friday, Dec. 9 vs. Norfolk Admirals (Tampa Bay Lightning) – 7:05 p.m.
Saturday, Dec. 10 vs. Norfolk Admirals – 7:05 p.m.
The B-Sens will host the Norfolk Admirals for the first time this season in back-to-back games this weekend. The Admirals and B-Sens split a pair of games in Norfolk earlier this season. The Admirals defeated the B-Sens 7-0 on Oct. 21, but Binghamton rebounded with a 3-2 shootout win on Oct. 22.
The Admirals enter the week with a record of 14-9-0-1 and are tied with Hershey and Wilkes-Barre for first place in the East Division with 29 points.
Cory Conacher (12-13-25) and Trevor Smith (10-15-25) lead the Admirals in points. Conacher’s points rank him first overall in scoring among American Hockey League rookies.
SENS SNIPPETS …
With his goal in Friday’s 4-1 win over Manchester, forward Andre Petersson extended his point scoring streak to seven straight games, the longest such streak of any B-Sens player so far this season. Petersson ranks second overall on the B-Sens and first among Binghamton rookies in scoring with 13 points (seven goals, six assists) in 22 games.
Goaltender Brian Stewart, currently on loan to Binghamton’s ECHL affiliate (Elmira Jackals), has been named the Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for Nov. 28 to Dec. 4. During that week, he posted a record of 4-0-0-0 with a save percentage of .937 and a goals-against average of 1.88. tewart dressed as the B-Sens backup goaltender for four games this season, but did not see action.