November 21, 2012 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Binghamton Senators
Friday, Nov. 16: Adirondack 2, Binghamton 5
Shots: Adirondack 35, Binghamton 39
PP: Adirondack 0 for 3, Binghamton 0 for 5
The B-Sens earned their second straight home win as they secured a 5-2 victory over the Adirondack Phantoms last Friday.
Five different players found the back of the net for the B-Sens: Pat Cannone, Tyler Eckford, Derek Grant, Mark Stone and Mika Zibanejad. Forward Corey Cowick had a two point night, posting a pair of assists, including the lone assist on Cannone's game winning goal.
Ben Holmstrom and Sean Couturier each scored goals for the Phantoms.
Ben Bishop made his third start of the season, allowing just two goals on 35 shots to earn his first win. Scott Munroe made 31 saves in net for the Phantoms.
Saturday, Nov. 17: Rochester 2, Binghamton 3
Shots: Rochester 51, Binghamton 36
PP: Rochester 1 for 4, Binghamton 0 for 2
The B-Sens continued their winning ways as they defeated the Rochester Americans 3-2 on Saturday night. The win was their second in as many days and third straight at home.
Derek Grant led the offense for the B-Sens scoring two goals, including the game winner. Shane Prince also tallied for Binghamton.
Evan Rankin and Kyle Porter each scored goals for the visiting Amerks.
Robin Lehner earned his sixth win of the season in goal, stopping 49 of 51 shots. David Leggio halted 33 of the 36 shots he faced in net for Rochester.
Standings: The B-Sens are tied with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for second place in the East Division (16 points).
Thursday, Nov. 22 vs. Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs) - 6:05 p.m.
The B-Sens welcome Binghamton native Jerry D'Amigo and the Toronto Marlies for the traditional Thanksgiving Day game.
The Marlies hold a record of 9-5-0-1 and 19 points. They are tied with the Lake Erie Monsters for second place overall in the North Division.
The meeting is the first of four scheduled to take place between the intra-conference rivals. The B-Sens will welcome the Marlies back to the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena on Friday, Jan. 18, before making the trip over the border for back-to-back matinees at Ricoh Coliseum Saturday, March 2 and Sunday, March 3.
Keith Aucoin (3+1114), Nazem Kadri (2+1214) and Mike Kostka (3+1114) are all currently tied for first on the team in scoring. Kostka, a defenseman, is tied for third overall in scoring among American Hockey League defensemen.
Promotions: It's the traditional Thanksgiving Day game presented by the Oakdale Mall! All fans in attendance will receive an Oakdale Mall Holiday Savings Coupon Book.
Friday, Nov. 23 @ Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay Lightning) - 7:30 p.m.
The B-Sens make their first trip to Syracuse this season on Black Friday. The teams first met back on Oct. 20 at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena - a 6-5 overtime victory for the Crunch.
The Crunch currently lead the East Division with a record of 10-2-1-1 and 22 points.
Forward Cory Conacher leads the team in points with 17 (eight goals, nine assists).
The Crunch are the most penalized team in the league. They enter the week with 378 penalty minutes, an average of 27 minutes per game. 72 of those penalty minutes came against the B-Sens back on Oct. 20.
Saturday, Nov. 24 vs. Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders) - 7:05 p.m.
The Bridgeport Sound Tigers make their only trip to Binghamton this Saturday. It will be the first of two meetings between the B-Sens and Sound Tigers this season.
The Sound Tigers enter the week with a record of 10-4-0-0, good for 20 points and second place overall in the Northeast Divison.
The Sound Tigers have the league's third best power play, converting 17 goals on 69 chances (24.6%).
Nino Niederreiter is leading the team in scoring with 18 points (nine goals, eight assists). Brock Nelson ranks second on the team in scoring, and second among all AHL rookies, with 14 points (seven goals, seven assists).
Promotions: Saturday is Elvis Night at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. Elvis will be performing live throughout the night!
Forwards Mark Stone and Shane Prince scored their first professional goals last week. Stone hit the empty net in Binghamton's 5-2 victory over the Adirondack Phantoms on Friday. Prince deflected a Tyler Eckford shot in Saturday's 3-2 win over the Rochester Americans - Prince's hometown team.
Mika Zibanejad also scored a first last week - his first North American professional goal. It came at 11:33 of the third period in Binghamton's 5-2 victory over the Phantoms on Friday.
Derek Grant has been on fire for the B-Sens as of late. The forward has four points, all goals, in three straight games for Binghamton. He now leads the team in goals (5) and shorthanded goals (2).
Corey Cowick tallied a pair of assists in Friday's 5-2 win over Adirondack. It was his second straight multi-point game (he scored a goal and an assist Nov. 10 vs. Norfolk). He now has the most multi-points of any member of the B-Sens so far in the young season.
B-SENS BRINGING IT HOME TO THE COMMUNITY...
B-Sens players and staff have been growing mustaches all month long for Movember.
Movember is an annual charity event during the month of November where men are encouraged to grow a mustache while raising funds and awareness for men's health issues, specifically prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men.
The B-Sens have posted pictures and updates of the team's progress via Twitter @BSensStache. There is also a photo gallery tracking the team's weekly progress on the B-Sens official Facebook page at www.facebook.com/binghamtonsenators. A B-Sens Movember starting lineup - one goaltender, two defenseman and three forwards - will be determined based on feedback via Twitter and Facebook.
The efforts of B-Sens players and staff members, spearheaded by B-Sens Movember team captain Eric Gryba, will then culminate as the team hosts Bridgeport on Saturday, Nov. 24. During the game, there will be a special Movember table on the main concourse of the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena where pictures of the B-Sens Movember starting lineup will be on display.
Fans are encouraged to visit the table to make a donation on behalf of the player whom they feel has grown the best mustache. With each donation of $1 or more, fans will receive a raffle ticket to place in the jar that corresponds with the picture of their chosen player.
The B-Sens player whose mustache earns the most donations will draw a winner from his jar. That winner will receive a special meet and greet session with the B-Sens Movember starting lineup and an autographed action photo of the winning player courtesy of Just Sports Photography. .
Fans can also donate to the B-Sens' cause directly all month long by visiting http://us.movember.com/team/795577.
Funds raised in the U.S. support prostate cancer and other cancers that affect men, through programs run directly by Movember and its men's health partners, the Prostate Cancer Foundation and LIVESTRONG.