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B-Sens Weekly: Da Costa heating up scoring touch

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators

Friday, Jan. 13: Syracuse 5, Binghamton 2
Shots: Syracuse 33, Binghamton 37
PP: Syracuse 1-for-6, Binghamton 1-for-3

The Binghamton Senators began a stretch of three games in three nights last week as they hosted the Syracuse Crunch Friday night. Four unanswered second-period goals helped propel the Crunch to a 5-2 victory over the B-Sens. Luca Caputi, Mathieu Carle and Brandon McMillan each scored a goal and added an assist for the visiting Crunch. J.F. Jacques and Patrick Maroon would also score for Syracuse. Mark Borowiecki and Andre Petersson each scored goals for the B-Sens. Mike McKenna started in goal for the B-Sens, stopping 18 of 23 shots before Robin Lehner took over goaltending duties in the third period. Lehner stopped all 10 shots he faced.  Marco Cousineau made his American Hockey League debut in goal for the Crunch, making 35 saves.
Saturday, Jan. 14: Hershey 6, Binghamton 4
Shots: Hershey 39, Binghamton 20
PP: Hershey 0-for-4, Binghamton 1-for-4

A four-goal first period helped the B-Sens nab a 4-2 lead over the Hershey Bears on Saturday night at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. Stephane Da Costa scored a pair of goals, while Eric Gryba and Andre Petersson also found the back of the net. The Bears would however storm back in the third period, scoring four goals to take the lead and the game 6-4. Former B-Sen Ryan Potulny and Christian Hanson each scored a pair of goals in the third to help Hershey remain undefeated against Binghamton this season. Robin Lehner tended goal, making 33 saves in the loss. Dany Sabourin started in goal for Hershey, stopping seven of 11 shots faced before Braden Holtby took over in net for the game’s final two periods, turning aside all nine shots faced.
Sunday, Jan. 15: Binghamton 2, Bridgeport 3
Shots: Binghamton 36, Bridgeport 31
PP: Binghamton 2-for-4, Bridgeport 0-for-4

The B-Sens travelled to Bridgeport on Sunday for a matinee game versus the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Despite putting 36 shots on Anders Nilsson and scoring a pair of power-play goals in the second, the B-Sens failed to overcome the Sound Tigers, falling 3-2. Stephane Da Costa and Rob Klinkhammer notched the power-play tallies for Binghamton. Casey Cizikas, Brandon Gentile and Rhett Rakhshani each scored for the Sound Tigers. Mike McKenna manned the pipes for Binghamton making 28 saves. Nilsson ended the afternoon with 34 saves.
Record: 16-24-1-1
Standings: The B-Sens are fifth place in the East Division (34 points).
Friday, Jan. 20 vs. Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) – 7:05 p.m.
The Hershey Bears return to Binghamton less than a week following a 6-4 victory over the B-Sens. The meeting will be the fifth of eight between the two teams this season.
The Bears enter the week holding onto first place of the East Division with a record of 24-8-4-3 and 55 points. They are also 8-0-1-1 in their past 10 games.
Hershey still boasts the league’s best power-play percentage (31.1 per cent), as they have gone 55 for 177 with the man advantage. In their last meeting, the B-Sens held the Bears’ potent power play at bay, going 4-for-4 on the penalty kill.
Former Binghamton Senators forward Ryan Potulny posted four goals and two assists for six points last week. The forward ranks fifth overall in points among his Bears teammates with 30 (13 goals, 17 assists).
Sunday, Jan. 22 vs. Adirondack Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers) – 5:05 p.m.
The Binghamton Senators will welcome the Adirondack Phantoms to town on Sunday for the sixth of eight meetings between the two teams. The B-Sens remain undefeated (5-0-0-0) against the Phantoms so far this season and have outscored them 21-9.
Adirondack is tied with the Albany Devils and Bridgeport Sound Tigers for second place in the Northeast Division. The Phantoms enter the week with a record of 20-16-1-1 and 42 points.  
Jason Akeson currently leads the Phantoms in points with 31 (10 goals, 21 assists) in 38 games played.
Forward Corey Locke recorded his 500th career American Hockey League point (an assist) in Saturday’s 6-4 loss to the Hershey Bears. In 23 games with the B-Sens this season, Locke has recorded three goals and 20 assists.
Defenceman Mark Borowiecki and forward Andre Petersson were recalled to the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday. The recall to National Hockey League is the first of both players’ careers.
At the time of his recall, Borowiecki ranked first among B-Sens blueliners in points with 13 (three goals, 10 assists) and led the team in plus-minus with a plus-three.
Petersson ranks second overall on the team in points with 25 (12 goals, 13 assists). The forward has racked up 11 points (four goals, seven assists) in six games since returning from injury on Jan. 4.   

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