B-Sens Weekly: No rocking the Rock for Binghamton
St. John's plays poor host by sweeping pair of games from Ottawa's AHL affiliate
Saturday, Feb. 11: Binghamton 3, St. John’s 4
Shots: Binghamton 21, St. John’s 48
PP: Binghamton 1-for-5, St. John’s 1-for-4
The Binghamton Senators continued a four-game road swing in Canada on Saturday night, falling to the St. John’s Ice Caps 4-3 at Mile One Centre.
The game-winning goal came in the final two minutes of regulation courtesy of Jason King. Jason Jaffray, Eric O’Dell and Spencer Machacek also added goals for the IceCaps.
Stephane Da Costa, David Dziurzynski and Mike Hoffman scored goals for the B-Sens.
Robin Lehner started in goal for Binghamton, making 44 saves. Edward Pasquale turned aside 18 shots to earn the win and improve to 14-6-0.
Sunday, Feb. 12: Binghamton 3, St. John’s 6
Shots: Binghamton 25, St. John’s 38
PP: Binghamton 1-for-6, St. John’s 3-for-6
The B-Sens wrapped up their road trip with a 6-3 loss to the St. John’s IceCaps on Sunday afternoon.
Jason Jaffray and Ben Maxwell lead the offence for the IceCaps, as each player scored a pair of goals in the game. Maxwell would also draw an assist in the game, ending the afternoon with three points.
Jason King and Carl Klingberg would also score, while Jason DeSantis tallied a pair of assists.
Jack Downing, Josh Godfrey and Derek Grant each tallied goals for the B-Sens.
Mike McKenna started in goal for Binghamton, turning aside 29 of 35 shots faced. He was pulled in favor of Robin Lehner in the third period. Lehner stopped three of four shots faced. David Aebischer made 22 saves for the IceCaps in the game.
Standings: The B-Sens are fifth place in the East Division (43 points).
THIS WEEK …
Friday, Feb. 17 vs. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins (Pittsburgh Penguins) — 7:05 p.m.
The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins come to town Friday for the eighth game of a 10-game season series between the East Division rivals. The teams last met on Jan. 28, a 7-4 B-Sens victory.
Following a 4-0 shutout loss to the Norfolk Admirals on Wednesday night, the Penguins are now tied with the Admirals for first place in the East Division with 65 points. Wilkes-Barre enters Friday’s game with a record of 29-15-2-5. They also boast a road record of 18-5-0-3.
Bryan Lerg (21-18-39) and Colin McDonald (12-27-39) are tied for the lead in points among their Pens teammates.
Saturday, Feb. 18 vs. Portland Pirates (Phoenix Coyotes) – 7:05 p.m.
Up next this weekend, the B-Sens welcome the Portland Pirates for their first and only regular season visit to the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena this season. The B-Sens travelled to Portland on Feb. 4, falling to the Pirates by a score of 5-2.
The Pirates are currently sitting in fourth place overall in the Atlantic Division with a record of 24-21-3-3 and 54 points.
Forward Brock Trotter leads the Pirates in points, amassing 14 goals and 24 assists for 38 points through 40 games.
Sunday, Feb. 19 at Albany Devils (New Jersey Devils) — 4 p.m.
The B-Sens wrap up a weekend of three games in three nights as they travel to the Times Union Center in Albany on Sunday for a matinee versus the Devils.
Friday’s game will be the seventh of eight between the teams this season. Binghamton holds the edge in the season series, having gone 4-2-0-0 against the Devils thus far.
The Devils currently sit in third place in the Northeast Division with a record of 22-19-5-3 and 52 points.
Joe Whitney (12-14-26) and Steve Zalewski (10-16-26) are tied for the team lead in points.
SENS SNIPPETS …
Forward Jim O’Brien scored his first NHL goal in the Ottawa Senators’ 6-2 victory over the Florida Panthers last night. Prior to his Feb. 3 recall, O’Brien posted 14 points (seven goals, seven assists) in 27 games for the B-Sens. O’Brien remains the B-Sens’ leader in shorthanded goals (three) and game-winning goals (four).