B-Sens Weekly: Bishop's debut a Binghamton beauty
Newly acquired goaltender stops 41 shots as Sens' affiliate knocks off AHL leaders
Friday, Feb. 24: Norfolk 3, Binghamton 2
Shots: Norfolk 39, Binghamton 35
PP: Norfolk 1-for-3, Binghamton 1-for-4
Pierre-Cedric Labrie scored with 30 seconds remaining in regulation to complete a Norfolk Admirals comeback and help his team defeat the Binghamton Senators 3-2 at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena last Friday night.
The B-Sens started out strong as they jumped to a 2-0 first-period lead. Mike Hoffman and Rob Klinkhammer each scored goals in the opening period.
Brandon Segal cut the B-Sens’ lead in half just 15 seconds into the second period.
In the third period, Evan Oberg tied the game 2-2 at 6:27, beating Mike McKenna with just five seconds remaining on an Admirals power-play opportunity. Oberg also assisted on Segal’s second-period tally, earning two points and first star honours.
Just as it appeared the game would stretch to overtime, Labrie put away the game winner off a rebound with 30 seconds remaining in regulation to claim the victory.
McKenna made his second consecutive start in goal for the B-Sens, falling to 13-16-0 on the season despite putting forth a 36-save effort. Dustin Tokarski turned aside 33 shots for the Admirals to improve to 24-11-0.
Saturday, Feb. 25: Adirondack 2, Binghamton 1 (SO)
Shots: Adirondack 52, Binghamton 42
PP: Adirondack 0-for-4, Binghamton 0-for-2
The B-Sens' winless streak was extended to three games as they dropped a 2-1 decision to the Adirondack Phantoms at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday night. The game was decided in a shootout, with former B-Sens captain Denis Hamel scoring the game-winning tally in the second round.
Despite both teams putting up a high number of shots, the B-Sens and Phantoms remained knotted at just one goal apiece through regulation and overtime. Mike McKenna drew first star honours in the game, making 50 saves in goal for Binghamton. At the other end of the rink, Michael Leighton would turn aside 41 shots.
Adirondack drew first blood in the game as Rob Bordson put the Phantoms on the board with just 7.6 seconds remaining in the game’s opening period.
The B-Sens answered, tying the game at 7:56 of the second period. Derek Grant deflected Rob Klinkhammer’s rebound into the net for his sixth goal of the season. Wacey Hamilton also drew an assist on the play.
Leighton would go on to stone all four Binghamton shooters in the shootout. Hamel and Bordson succeeded on their shootout attempts to claim the victory for the Phantoms.
Tuesday, Feb. 28: St. John’s 1, Binghamton 5
Shots: St. John’s 42, Binghamton 39
PP: St. John’s 0-for-7, Binghamton 2-for-4
The B-Sens defeated the league-leading St. John’s IceCaps 5-1 on Tuesday at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
Goaltender Ben Bishop, acquired from the St. Louis Blues just the day before by the parent club Ottawa Senators, made 41 saves in his B-Sens debut to help cool the IceCaps, while forward Mike Hoffman tallied a pair of goals in the match, including the game winner.
Derek Grant, Corey Locke, and Pat Cannone rounded out the scoresheet for the B-Sens with third-period goals. David Dziurzynski and Locke also put forth multi-point efforts, each earning credit for a pair of assists.
The lone strike for the IceCaps came just past the midway point of period one as Kenndal McArdle snapped a shot in high on Bishop from the left wing face-off dot.
Eddie Pasquale tended goal for the IceCaps, making 34 saves.
Standings: The B-Sens are fifth place in the East Division (48 points).
THIS WEEK …
Friday, March 2 at Syracuse Crunch (Anaheim Ducks) – 7:30 p.m.
The B-Sens kick off a weekend stretch of three games in three nights tomorrow as they make the trip to Syracuse to face the Crunch. The meeting will be the sixth of eight between the teams this season. They last met Jan. 13 in Binghamton, a 5-2 B-Sens loss.
Syracuse enters the weekend with a record of 22-25-4-4 and 52 points, good for fourth place overall in the East Division.
Forward Patrick Maroon leads all Crunch players in assists (30) and points (55).
Saturday, March 3 at Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) – 7 p.m.
The B-Sens visit the Hershey Bears on Saturday for the sixth of eight between the teams this season. They last met on Jan. 20 in Binghamton – a game in which the B-Sens claimed their first victory of the season against the East Division rival by a 4-3 count.
Following a 2-1 loss to the Norfolk Admirals on Wednesday night, the Bears enter the weekend with a record of 29-19-4-5 and 67 points, good for third place in the East Division.
Hershey holds the league’s best power play percentage (27.3 per cent), as they have gone 72 for 264 with the man advantage.
The Bears boast the talents of the American Hockey League’s top two scorers. Chris Bourque leads the league in points with 77 (25 goals, 52 assists). Keith Aucoin is hot on his trail with 70 points, thanks largely in part to his league-leading 59 assists.
Sunday, March 4 vs. St. John’s IceCaps (Winnipeg Jets) – 5:05 p.m.
The B-Sens will welcome the St. John’s IceCaps back to the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena for the second time in five days. The meeting will conclude a four-game season series between the teams.
Entering the weekend, the IceCaps rank first overall in the Atlantic Division with a record of 33-14-5-2 and 73 points.
Forward Spencer Machacek (12-27-39) leads all IceCaps in points. Paul Postma (11-26-37) ranks second overall on the team in points, first among defencemen.
SENS SNIPPETS …
Goaltender Mike McKenna set a season-high for saves in the B-Sens’ 2-1 shootout loss to the Adirondack Phantoms last Saturday. McKenna turned aside 50 shots in the contest. The 28-year-old native of St. Louis has appeared in 33 games this season, posting a record of 13-16-1 with 2.92 goals-against average and a .919 save percentage.