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B-Sens Weekly: Rise and shine against Marlies

by Staff Writer / Ottawa Senators

Friday, March 2: Binghamton 5, Syracuse 2
Shots: Binghamton 27, Syracuse 43
PP: Binghamton 1-for-8, Syracuse 1-for-5

The Binghamton Senators defeated the Syracuse Crunch 5-2 on Friday at the OnCenter.
Four of the B-Sens’ five goals were scored in the first period. Mike Hoffman (two goals, one assist) and Corey Locke (one goal, two assists) led the Binghamton offence, each posting three points on the night.
In the second period, the Crunch cut into the lead that the B-Sens had built up as Patrick Maroon and Luca Caputi scored goals.
Pat Cannone added some insurance for the B-Sens as he scored at 2:07 of the third to give Binghamton a comfortable three-goal lead.
Ben Bishop made his second career start in goal for the B-Sens, stopping 41 shots to improve his season record to 26-14-0. Antero Niittymaki started things in goal for the Crunch, but was pulled in favor of Iiro Tarkki after allowing four goals on 12 shots. Tarkki made 14 saves in the game’s final two periods.
Saturday, March 3: Binghamton 0, Hershey 3
Shots: Binghamton 17, Hershey 38
PP: Binghamton 0-for-3, Hershey 0-for-5

The Binghamton Senators fell 3-0 to the Hershey Bears at the Giant Center on Saturday night. The B-Sens were shut out for the sixth time this season and for the second time at the hands of the Bears. 
The line of Kyle Greentree, Ryan Potulny and Graham Mink combined on a pair of goals for the Bears to give them a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.
Greentree opened the scoring, burying a feed from Potulny at 12:44 of the first to put the hometown Bears on the board.
At the 14:50 mark, Potulny snuck the puck through a scrum in front of the B-Sens’ goal, beating Mike McKenna to stretch his team’s lead to two. Mink and Greentree combined for the assists.
The score remained 2-0  until the final minute of play in the second period. With 44.4 seconds remaining on the clock, Mink scored to put Hershey ahead by a trio of goals. It was Mink’s third point in the game.

McKenna ultimately ended the night with 35 saves as he fell to 13-17-1 on the season. His counterpart, Braden Holtby, stopped all 17 shots he faced to improve to 20-14-2.
Sunday, March 4: St. John’s 5, Binghamton 2
Shots: St. John’s 41, Binghamton 23
PP: St. John’s 3-for-6, Binghamton 0-for-3 

Three third period goals – two of which came on power play – helped the St. John’s IceCaps break a 2-2 tie and coast to a 5-2 victory over the Binghamton Senators at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena on Sunday evening.
Defenceman Paul Postma scored the game-winner on a power play at the four-minute mark of the final period of play.
Patrice Cormier and Aaron Gagnon each posted a goal and an assist for the IceCaps. John Albert and captain Jason Jaffray rounded out the St. John’s side of the scoresheet.
Jack Downing and Corey Locke scored for the B-Sens.
Ben Bishop tended goal for the B-Sens, making 36 saves and he fell to 26-15-0 on the season. Eddie Pasquale made 21 saves for the IceCaps to improve to 16-7-0.
Record: 23-32-2-2
The B-Sens are fifth place in the East Division (50 points).
Wednesday, March 7, at Toronto Marlies (Toronto Maple Leafs) – 11 a.m.

The B-Sens begin a three-game road trip in Toronto today as they square off against the Marlies in a rare late morning tilt. Game time is 11 a.m. The teams last met in Binghamton during opening weekend (Oct. 8). The B-Sens fell to the Marlies 3-2 in that game.
Toronto enters the week with a record of 32-20-4-3 and 71 points, good for first place overall in the North Division. They are 6-3-0-1 in their past 10 games.
Forward Mike Zigomanis leads all Marlies players in assists (35) and points (51).
Binghamton native Jerry D’Amigo has posted 33 points (13 goals, 20 assists) in 59 games with the Marlies this season and is tied for second overall on the team in plus-minus at plus-11.  
Friday, March 9, at Rochester Americans (Buffalo Sabres) – 7:35 p.m.
Saturday, March 10, at Rochester Americans – 7:35 p.m.

The B-Sens complete their week as they travel to Rochester for back-to-back tilts on Friday and Saturday night. The meetings will be the fifth and sixth of eight between the teams this season. The games are also two of four in which the teams will face one another in the month of March. The Amerks travel to Binghamton on March 17, and then the B-Sens make the trip back up to Rochester on March 23 to conclude their season series.
The Amerks enter the weekend with a record of 28-22-6-3 and 65 points, tying them with the Lake Erie Monsters for second place in the North Division. 
Forward Derek Whitmore leads the Amerks in shorthanded goals (2), assists (33) and points (41). Goaltender David Leggio ranks fourth among his peers in saves with 1,051.
Goaltender Ben Bishop made more than 40 saves for the second straight game in the B-Sens’ 5-2 victory over the Syracuse Crunch on Friday night. He stopped 41 of the Crunch’s 43 shots on goal. On Tuesday, Feb. 28, he turned aside 41 of the St. John’s IceCaps’ 42 shots en route to a 5-1 victory. Bishop is 26-15-0 with 2.27 goals-against average and a .930 save percentage in 41 games this season with Binghamton and the Peoria Rivermen.
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