B-Sens Weekly: Locke loaded for return to lineup
AHL's reigning MVP back in mix, makes quick impact after lengthy injury absence
Friday, Dec 16: Adirondack 1, Binghamton 3
Shots: Adirondack 34, Binghamton 30
PP: Adirondack 0-for-1, Binghamton 0-for-2
The Binghamton Senators ended a four-game skid with a 3-1 victory over the Adirondack Phantoms Friday night. David Dziurzynski ended the night with two points after scoring a goal and adding an assist. Stephane Da Costa and Rob Klinkhammer also scored for Binghamton, while Mike McKenna earned first star honours by stopping 33 of Adirondack’s 34 shots. Ben Holmstrom scored the lone Phantoms goal.
Saturday, Dec 17: Worcester 5, Binghamton 2
Shots: Worcester 39, Binghamton 33
PP: Worcester 1-for-4, Binghamton 1-for-4
The Worcester Sharks scored four second-period goals on their way to earning a 5-2 victory over the B-Sens Saturday night at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. Nathan Moon, Sean Sullivan and Tommy Wingels each scored a goal and an assist for the Sharks. John McCarthy and Brodie Reid rounded out the scoring for Worcester. Mike Bartlett and Mark Parrish each scored for Binghamton. Mike McKenna tended goal for the B-Sens, turning aside 34 of 39 shots. His counterpart, Tyson Sexsmith, stopped 31 of 33 for the Sharks.
Sunday, Dec 18: Binghamton 4, Adirondack 1
Shots: Binghamton 27, Adirondack 40
PP: Binghamton 1-for-2, Adirondack 0-for-6
The B-Sens swept their weekend series against the Phantoms with a 4-1 victory in Glens Falls on Sunday. Pat Cannone, Corey Cowick, Wacey Hamilton and Mark Parrish each scored for Binghamton, while Mike Hoffman drew a pair of assists. Mike Testwuide scored the lone goal for the Phantoms. Mike McKenna made his third straight start in goal for the B-Sens, stopping 39 of 40 shots.
Standings: The B-Sens are in fifth place in the East Division (24 points).
THIS WEEK …
Wednesday, Dec. 21 at Albany Devils (New Jersey Devils) – 7 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 26 vs. Albany Devils – 7:05 p.m.
The Binghamton Senators will bookend the Christmas holiday with a pair of games against the Northeast Division’s Albany Devils. The B-Sens travel to Albany tonight to face off against the Devils for the fourth of eight meetings between the two teams. The Devils then return the favour by making the trip to the Southern Tier on Monday night for Binghamton’s traditional post-Christmas game.
Following a 2-1 victory against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins on Monday night, the Devils have improved to 13-11-3-2 and sit in third place in the Northeast Division with 31 points.
Steve Zalewski leads the Devils in scoring with 17 points (eight goals, nine assists).
SENS SNIPPETS …
Forward Corey Locke returned to the B-Sens lineup last week, skating in two of the B-Sens' three games, after missing 20 games with an upper body injury. Locke posted two points (two assists) in those games, bringing his career total for assists with the Binghamton Senators to 74, surpassing Antoine Vermette (73) for eighth place on the B-Sens list of all-time assist leaders.