January 25, 2013 - American Hockey League (AHL) - Binghamton Senators
Wednesday, Jan. 16: Rochester 1, Binghamton 5
Shots: Rochester 36, Binghamton 38
PP: Rochester 1 for 5, Binghamton 0 for 1
The Binghamton Senators defeated the Rochester Americans in convincing fashion, 5-1, at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena last Wednesday night.
Stephane Da Costa and Corey Cowick each tallied two goals, while Jack Downing chipped in with a goal of his own.
Luke Adam scored the lone goal for the Amerks.
Nathan Lawson started in goal for Binghamton and stopped 35 of 36 shots to earn the win. David Leggio minded the net for Rochester, stopping 33 of 38 shots.
Friday, Jan. 18: Toronto 2, Binghamton 4
Shots: Toronto 38, Binghamton 25
PP: Toronto 1 for 5, Binghamton 0 for 4
The B-Sens continued their winning ways against Toronto with a 4-2 victory at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena last Friday.
Stephane Da Costa, Mike Hoffman and Mika Zibanejad each scored goals for the B-Sens in the win. Derek Grant finished the game off with an empty net goal.
Spencer Abbott and Dylan Yeo each scored goals for the Marlies.
Nathan Lawson won his third consecutive game stopping 36 of 38 shots. Jussi Rynnas started in goal for Toronto turning aside 21 of the 24 shots he faced.
Saturday, Jan. 19: Binghamton 2, Bridgeport 4
Shots: Binghamton 26, Bridgeport 29
PP: Binghamton 0 for 3, Bridgeport 1 for 4
The B-Sens had their three game winning streak snapped by the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on Saturday night, losing the contest 4-2 at Webster Bank Arena.
Cole Schneider and Mika Zibanejad each scored goals for the B-Sens.
Sean Backman, Scott Campbell, Jon Persson and Ty Wishart netted goals for the Sound Tigers.
Marc Cheverie started in goal on Saturday making his B-Sens debut. Cheverie stopped 25 of the 29 shots he faced. Kevin Poulin started in goal for the Sound Tigers stopping 24 of 26 shots.
Monday, Jan. 21: St. John\'s 3, Binghamton 2
Shots: St. John\'s 39, Binghamton 34
PP: St. John\'s 1 for 5, Binghamton 0 for 5
The B-Sens dropped their second straight decision as they lost to the St. John\'s IceCaps 3-2 at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena on Monday night.
Derek Grant and Mika Zibanejad provided the offense for the B-Sens, each scoring a goal. Grant\'s goal was his fifth short handed goal of the year expanding his league lead in that category.
Jason Gregoire, Maxime Macenauer and Kael Mouillierat each scored goals for the IceCaps.
Nathan Lawson started in net for the B-Sens, stopping 36 of the 39 shots he faced. Eddie Pasquale was the starting net minder for St. John\'s and saved 32 of 34 shots.
Standings: The B-Sens are in first place overall in the East Division (54 points).
Friday, Jan. 25 @ Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay Lightning) - 7:30 p.m.
The B-Sens will travel to Syracuse tonight for an East Division match up against the Crunch. This will be the sixth of eight meetings between these two teams. The two last met on Dec. 26 at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena - a 5-3 B-Sens loss.
The Crunch currently hold the edge in the season series with a 3-2-0-0 record against the B-Sens.
Syracuse currently holds a record of 24-10-2-3 and 53 points, putting them just one point behind the B-Sens in the standings at second place overall in the East Division.
Crunch forward Tyler Johnson leads the team in goals (20) and points (37). Johnson\'s 20 goals have him tied for second overall in the American Hockey League in that category.
Saturday, Jan. 26 vs. Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) - 7:05 p.m.
The B-Sens will host the Hershey Bears at home tomorrow night in the third of eight meetings overall between the East Division rivals this season. The teams last meet in Hershey on Jan. 5 - a 3-1 B-Sens victory.
Although the B-Sens have traditionally struggled against the Bears (Binghamton is 25-38-2-6-4 all-time against the division foes), they enter Saturday\'s match with a 2-1-0-0 edge against Hershey this season.
The Bears enter the weekend with a record of 20-18-2-1 and 43 points, tying them with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins for third place in the East Division.
Jeff Taffe currently leads the Bears in assists (28) and points (37). Former Binghamton Senator Ryan Potulny has appeared in 31 games for Hershey this season scoring five goals and adding 16 assists for 21 points.
Promotions: Saturday is STAR WARS Night! Fans will have the opportunity to meet and take pictures with movie authentic characters including Chewbacca, Darth Vader and the Stormtroopers. Darth Vader will even part take in a ceremonial puck drop.
Members of Garrison Excelsior of the 501st Legion will be selling lightsabers at the game for $5. Proceeds from the lightsaber sales will benefit A Room to Heal. The Broome County based charity, with the help of over 200 volunteers, has provided healing environments in the homes of 40 children suffering from a critical illness.
Also on Saturday, the B-Sens will have a pair of giveaways. The first 500 fans 18 years of age and older through the doors will receive a buy one, get one free lottery coupon courtesy of New York Lottery. The first 500 kids through the doors will receive a set of ThunderStix courtesy of H&R Block.
Additionally in a special pre-game event the B-Sens will host the second annual Dollars for Scholars charity hockey game. Doors will open at 4 p.m. for the charity game set to take place at 4:30 p.m.
Members of the Binghamton police department will take on teachers from the Windsor Central School District in a special hockey game to benefit the Windsor/Kirkwood Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Fund.
Tickets can be purchased for $18 and include admission to both the Dollars for Scholars charity hockey game and the B-Sens game. $5 from each ticket sold through this special offer will be donated to the Windsor/Kirkwood Dollars for Scholars Scholarship Fund.
For more information visit www.binghamtonsenators.com.
Forward Stephane Da Costa recorded a total of six points in four games last week. He scored three goals and added three assists. The second year B-Sens forward now has points in five straight games. Da Costa ranks second overall in scoring among active B-Sens players with nine goals and 14 assists for a total of 23 points in 27 games played so far this season.
Forward Mika Zibanejad has points in four straight games now. He began last week with an assist in Binghamton\'s 5-1 victory over the Rochester Amerks on Jan. 16, then went on to score goals in three straight games. Zibanejad has scored four goals and seven assists for a total of 11 points in 21 games played so far this season.
Wednesday it was announced that B-Sens defenseman Eric Gryba was named to the Eastern Conference team for the 2013 Dunkin\' Donuts AHL All-Star Classic, to take place Sunday and Monday, Jan. 27 and 28, in Providence, R.I. Gryba replaces Andre Benoit, who is currently on recall to the Ottawa Senators and will be unavailable for the event. The blueliner currently leads the team - and is tied for first overall in the AHL - in plus-minus with a plus-22.
B-SENS BRINGING IT HOME TO THE COMMUNITY...
The B-Sens have partnered with the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier (MHAST) and D.I.F.D. (Do It For Daron) for Power to the Purple Night on Sunday, Feb. 10, when the B-Sens host the Albany Devils at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
Power to the Purple Night seeks to inspire conversations about youth mental health and promote mental well-being. Mental health isn\'t always easy to talk about but it\'s definitely worth talking about - the earlier a mental illness is recognized and treated, the better the chances are for recovery.
The event was created in honor of Daron Richardson, the 14-year-old daughter of B-Sens head coach Luke Richardson, who lost her life to suicide in November 2010.
All fans are encouraged to wear purple to the game in support of youth mental health.
Also in an effort to generate awareness and inspire conversations, all players on both teams that night will wear special purple warm-up jerseys. All B-Sens players will wear D.I.F.D purple heart stickers on their helmets and don purple laces in their skates. Additionally B-Sens coaches and staff members will all be wearing purple that evening.
During the game the B-Sens will auction and raffle off both teams\' warm-up jerseys. The autographed jerseys of three fan favorite players will be up for bid in a silent auction on the main concourse of the arena. All other jerseys will be raffled off.
For more information on Power to the Purple please visit www.binghamtonsenators.com.