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by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators

Wednesday, Dec 7: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1, Binghamton 0
Shots: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 36, Binghamton 25
PP: Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 0-for-2, Binghamton 0-for-4

The Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins defeated the Binghamton Senators 1-0 in mid-week hockey action at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena last week. Matt Rust scored the game’s only goal, unassisted off a faceoff. The goal came just 4:51 into the first period of play and was enough to send the visiting Penguins home with the win. Scott Munroe turned aside all 25 Binghamton shots to earn his third shutout of the season, two of which have come against the B-Sens. Robin Lehner tended goal for Binghamton stopping 35 of 36 shots.
Friday, Dec 9: Norfolk 5, Binghamton 1
Shots: Norfolk 39, Binghamton 22
PP: Norfolk 2-for-3, Binghamton 0-for-3

The B-Sens fell to the Norfolk Admirals 5-1 on Friday night. Trevor Smith led the Admirals offence, scoring a goal and adding a pair of assists in the game, while Cory Conacher had a two-point night, scoring a goal and drawing an assist. Matt Fornataro, Mike Kostka and Michel Ouellet also scored for the visiting Admirals. Andre Petersson scored the lone Binghamton goal, assisted by Pat Cannone and Eric Gryba. Dustin Tokarski tended goal for Norfolk, stopping 21 of 22 shots. Robin Lehner made his third straight start for the B-Sens, turning aside 34 of 39 shots.
Saturday, Dec 10: Norfolk 5, Binghamton 2
Shots: Norfolk 42, Binghamton 17
PP: Norfolk 1-for-5, Binghamton 2-for-5

For the second straight night, the Norfolk Admirals succeeded in putting up five goals against the homestanding Binghamton Senators, taking the game by a score of 5-2. Trevor Smith scored a goal and a pair of assists for the second straight game, while Cory Conacher notched a pair of goals in the match. Tyler Johnson also scored for the Admirals and J.T. Wyman added an empty net tally in the final two minutes of regulation. Mike Hoffman and Rob Klinkhammer each scored goals for the B-Sens. Pat Cannone assisted on both Binghamton tallies. Jaroslav Janus tended goal for Norfolk, stopping 15 of 17 shots. Mike McKenna started in goal for Binghamton, stopping 37 of 41 shots.
Tuesday, Dec 13: Binghamton 2, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 4
Shots: Binghamton 24, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 24
PP: Binghamton 2-for-6, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1-for-3

The Binghamton Senators dropped their fourth straight game, falling to the Penguins in Wilkes-Barre 4-2 on Tuesday night. Colin McDonald scored a pair of goals for the Penguins, including an empty netter with just 7.1 seconds remaining in regulation. Ben Street and Zach Sill also scored for Wilkes-Barre, while goaltender Brad Thiessen stopped 22 of 24 Binghamton shots. Stephane Da Costa and Mike Hoffman each scored goals for Binghamton. Da Costa and Hoffman ended the night with a pair of points after drawing assists on each other’s goals. Robin Lehner tended goal for Binghamton, making 20 saves.
Record: 9-17-1-1
Standings: The B-Sens are in fifth place in the East Division (20 points).
Friday, Dec. 16 vs. Adirondack Phantoms (Philadelphia Flyers) – 7:05 p.m.
Sunday, Dec. 18 at Adirondack Phantoms

The Binghamton Senators will face the Northeast Division’s Phantoms in a pair of games this weekend. The teams last met on Nov. 24 in Binghamton, a 5-2 victory for the Senators. Adirondack enters the week in second place in the Northeast Division with a record of 14-9-1-1 and 30 points.
Former Binghamton Senator Denis Hamel leads the Phantoms in scoring with 22 points (10 goals, 12 assists). Hamel ranks fourth overall in the American Hockey League in shots, having fired 95 pucks on net through 25 games played.
Saturday, Dec. 17 vs. Worcester Sharks (San Jose Sharks) – 7:05 p.m.
The Binghamton Senators welcome the Atlantic Division’s Worcester Sharks to the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena this Saturday for their first and only regular-season trip to Binghamton. Following a 2-1 victory in Springfield on Tuesday night, the Sharks hold a record of 11-6-3-3 and 28 points, good for third place overall in the Atlantic Division.
Ben Ferriero currently leads the Sharks in scoring with 18 points (nine goals, nine assists).  Goaltender Tyson Sexsmith (6-5-3) has the league’s third best goals-against average at a stingy 1.83.
With his assist on Stephane Da Costa’s first period goal in Wilkes-Barre on Tuesday, forward Pat Cannone stretched his point streak to three games, currently the longest active such streak of any B-Sens player. Cannone has recorded four assists in three straight games. He currently leads the team in points with 16 (six goals, 10 assists).
Stephane Da osta scored his first American Hockey League goal in Tuesday’s 4-2 loss to Wilkes-Barre.  In seven games with the B-Sens, Da Costa has one goal and six assists for seven points. The forward has also skated in 22 games with Ottawa this season, scoring two goals and three assists for five points. 

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