December 5, 2012 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Binghamton Senators
Friday, Nov. 30: Binghamton 7, Adirondack 4
Shots: Binghamton 30, Adirondack 49
PP: Binghamton 2 for 5, Adirondack 1 for 6
The B-Sens made their first trip of the season to the Glens Falls Civic Center on Friday where they defeated the Adirondack Phantoms 7-4.
Andre Benoit led the B-Sens' offense scoring two goals and adding an assist for a three-point night. Also scoring for Binghamton were Pat Cannone, Derek Grant, Mike Hoffman, Mark Stone and Jakob Silfverberg. Hoffman added a pair of assists, also earning three points.
Goals for the Phantoms were scored by Rob Bordson, Marc-Andre Bourdon and Harry Zolnierczyk (two).
Ben Bishop started in goal for the B-Sens stopping 44 of 49 shots. Scott Munroe and Cal Heeter split goaltending duties for the Phantoms collectively stopping 23 of 30 shots faced.
Sunday, Dec. 2: Syracuse 2, Binghamton 5
Shots: Syracuse 23, Binghamton 38
PP: Syracuse 0 for 4, Binghamton 0 for 8
The B-Sens bested the Syracuse Crunch 5-2 on Sunday en route to their eighth straight win, a feat that has not been accomplished by the team since February of 2011.
It was a big night for Stephane Da Costa who scored a hat trick and added an assist to rack up four points in the game. Jakob Silfverberg and Patrick Wiercioch also found their way onto the score sheet for the B-Sens. Rookies Shane Prince and Cole Schneider also had multi-point nights, recording three and two assists respectively.
Tyler Johnson and Danick Gauthier each found the net for the Crunch.
Ben Bishop made his second consecutive start and earned his fourth straight win stopping 21 of 23 shots. Dustin Tokarski tended goal for Syracuse stopping 33 of 38 shots.
Standings: The B-Sens are currently tied with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for second place overall in the East Division (26 points).
Friday, Dec. 7 vs. Portland Pirates (Phoenix Coyotes) - 7:05 p.m.
The B-Sens will welcome the Portland Pirates to the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena this Friday. The game will be the Pirates' only trip to Binghamton this season and concludes a two-game series between the two teams.
The B-Sens and Pirates last met in Lewiston, M.E. back on Oct. 27 - a 4-2 Binghamton loss.
Portland enters the week with a record of 10-9-1-1, good for 22 points and fourth place overall in the Atlantic Division.
Friday marks the return of former B-Sens forward Rob Klinkhammer to the Southern Tier. Klinkhammer ranks second overall on the Pirates in scoring having posted seven goals and 12 assists for 19 points in 21 games played.
Forward Alexandre Bolduc is Portland's overall scoring leader. His 22 points (12+1022) tie him for fifth overall in the American Hockey League.
Promotions: The first 1,000 fans in attendance on Friday will receive a Dick's Sporting Goods coupon good for $10 off a future purchase of $50 or more.
Saturday, Dec. 8 vs. Norfolk Admirals (Anaheim Ducks) - 7:05 p.m.
The fourth of eight meetings between the B-Sens and the Norfolk Admirals is set to take place this Saturday at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. The teams last met in Binghamton on Nov. 11 - a 4-2 B-Sens victory.
The Admirals enter the week with a record of 9-11-0-0 and 18 points, ranking them fifth overall in the East Division.
Forward Peter Holland holds the team lead in goals (10), assists (11) and points (21).
Promotions: Saturday is Hanukkah Night at the B-Sens presented by the Binghamton JCC. The JCC and various other organizations within the Jewish community will be present at the game which will feature concourse table displays of Hanukkah games, dreidels, samples of latkes and more! There will also be a pre-game lighting of a menorah.
Wednesday, Dec. 12 @ Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay Lightning) - 7 p.m.
The B-Sens will hit the road for Syracuse next Wednesday where they will tangle with the Crunch in the fourth of eight meetings between the division rival this season. Binghamton has posted a record of 2-0-1-0 against the Crunch so far this season.
The Crunch lead the East Division with a record of 13-5-1-1 and 28 points. They are 6-4-0-0 in their last 10 games played, with two of the four losses coming against the B-Sens; a 2-1 loss in Syracuse on Nov. 23 and a 5-2 loss in Binghamton just last Sunday.
Tyler Johnson continues to lead the team in goals (15), power play goals (4) and points (23).
After missing eight games due to injury forward Stephane Da Costa returned to the line-up with a bang on Sunday, notching his first four points of the season with a hat trick and an assist in the B-Sens' 5-2 victory over Syracuse. The last hat trick on home ice for the B-Sens was also scored by Da Costa, who tallied three goals in Binghamton's 8-3 victory over the Albany Devils on Dec. 26, 2011.
Ben Bishop made 21 saves in the B-Sens' 5-2 victory over Syracuse on Sunday en route to his fourth straight win - tying a season-high win streak for a Binghamton netminder. Bishop's record improved to 4-2-0 with 3.01 goals-against average and a .924 save percentage.
The B-Sens enter the week with an eight game win streak under their belts. This week they look to tie the franchise record for a win streak which stands at nine games - a feat accomplished Jan. 7 - 26, 2005.
The B-Sens boast the American Hockey League's second best win percentage of 0.722. Only the Abbotsford Heat, led by former Binghamton netminder Barry Brust, have a greater win percentage (0.738).
B-SENS BRINGING IT HOME TO THE COMMUNITY...
The Magic Paintbrush Project will host their "Painted with the Players" auction at the B-Sens home games this weekend versus Portland and Norfolk.
This year the B-Sens players' handprints and signatures adorn a one-of-a-kind piece of memorabilia - wooden Binghamton Senators hockey rinks created by the Cooperstown Bat Company.
Fans are encouraged to visit the Magic Paintbrush table on the concourse of the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena during games this weekend to place their bids on their favorite player's piece.
All proceeds from the auction will support the programs of the Magic Paintbrush Project. For more information please visit www.magicpaintbrushproject.org .