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TONIGHT'S GAME PREVIEW: SENATORS at BEARS


02/09/2013 -
TONIGHT’S GAME NOTES

BINGHAMTON SENATORS at HERSHEY BEARS
Saturday, February 9, 2013 - 7:00 PM
GIANT Center

REFEREE: Darcy Burchell (#42)
LINESMEN: Bob Goodman (#90) & Jud Ritter (#34)
 
BEARS vs. SENATORS:  Tonight’s American Hockey League game pits the HERSHEY BEARS against the visiting Binghamton Senators.  The teams meet for the fifth of eight regular-season contests.  Binghamton is the top AHL developmental affiliate of the Ottawa Senators.
 
ALL-TIME:  By far, the BEARS have the best win-loss ratio against the Senators than against any other AHL team.  The BEARS are 48-21-7 (W – L/OTL – T/SOL) all-time.
 
THE LAST TIME:  The BEARS and Senators last met on January 26 in Binghamton.  The game featured a combined 70 shots on goal, with the BEARS outshooting Binghamton 40-30 through 65 minutes of play.  Ryan Stoa would strike for his fifth goal of the season to give the BEARS a 1-0 advantage, beating Binghamton goaltender Robin Lehner high to the blocker side.  The lead held for just under 10 minutes, when Mike Hoffman capitalized on a turnover to tie the contest.  Early in the second period, the Senators grabbed their first lead of the game when Mark Stone corralled a bouncing puck at the net front and slipped a shot past Dany Sabourin.  But the BEARS battled back on a nice individual effort by Steve Oleksy and tied the game, when Oleksy’s slapper from the point flew through traffic and past Lehner’s glove.  The BEARS had a golden opportunity to win the game in the closing seconds of regulation, when a dump-in attempt deflected off of a glass support, along the goal line and through an unsuspecting Lehner’s skates.  It would be a blessing for Binghamton, as – following a scoreless overtime – the hosts went on to score on all three shootout attempts to take a 3-2 victory.
 
2012-13 SEASON SERIES (1-1-1-1):
Fri. October 19, 2012 @Binghamton Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena 3-2 W
Sun. October 21, 2012 BINGHAMTON GIANT Center 1-2 OTL
Sat. January 5, 2013 BINGHAMTON GIANT Center 1-3 L
Sat. January 26, 2013 @Binghamton Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena 2-3 SOL
Sat. February 9, 2013 BINGHAMTON GIANT Center  
Fri. February 22, 2013 @Binghamton Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena  
Sun. March 10, 2013 BINGHAMTON GIANT Center  
Sat. April 20, 2013 @Binghamton Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena  
                               
RECENT RECAPS:  The BEARS made it a perfect three-for-three on Tuesdays after taking a 3-2 shootout victory away from the Lake Erie Monsters at Quicken Loans Arena five days ago.  The game didn’t start well for the visitors, as rookie Paul Carey whirled around in the slot and fired a wrist shot that beat Dany Sabourin over the blocker.  The goal came 42 seconds into the contest and on the Monsters’ first shot of the game.  From there, the BEARS took control of the game.  Mike Carman and Matt Pope took off on a short two-on-one rush and at 9:19, Carman held the puck and sent a shot underneath the glove of Lake Erie goaltender Calvin Pickard, tying the game.  Just over six minutes later, while working their second power play of the period, the BEARS took a 2-1 lead when Barry Almeida tapped home the rebound of a shot from Peter LeBlanc.  The assist was LeBlanc’s first point with HERSHEY.  Trailing early in the second, the Monsters tied it when, off of a clean faceoff win from Gary Steffes, Thomas Pock one-timed a shot past Sabourin’s glove at the 2:14 mark.  The BEARS, who had already killed off two five-on-three disadvantages in the contest, got three more kills and superb goaltending from Sabourin to keep the game tied through regulation and overtime.  In the shootout, after Ryan Potulny and Markus Lauridsen traded goals, Jeff Taffe buried his chance in the fourth round and Saboruin would deny Brad Malone at the top of the fifth to help the BEARS to the win.
 
The Senators, meanwhile, shook off a sweep by the St. John’s IceCaps last weekend and claimed a 3-0 win over the Adirondack Phantoms on Wednesday night in Glens Falls, NY.  After a scoreless first period, Binghamton’s Corey Cowick scored just 1:05 into the middle period to give the visitors all the support they would need.  Goaltender Robin Lehner, who made his best save of the game just prior to Cowick’s strike, went on to stop 29 Phantoms shots in earning his third shutout of the campaign.  Daniel New and Brett Lebda each scored their first goals of the season – one power-play and one empty-netter – to help Binghamton to the top spot in the Eastern Conference.
 
EAST DIVISION STANDINGS (as of February 9
POS TEAM GP W L OTL SOL PTS WIN% GF GA
1. Binghamton 44 28 12 1 3 60 .682 135 103
2. Syracuse 44 26 12 2 4 58 .659 150 124
3. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 46 24 19 2 1 51 .554 111 108
4. HERSHEY 46 22 19 3 2 49 .533 115 110
5. Norfolk 45 19 23 2 1 41 .456 110 132
 
FIRST FOR LeBLANC:  C Peter LeBlanc picked up his first point with HERSHEY when he assisted on Barry Almeida’s power play goal on Tuesday at Lake Erie.  LeBlanc has an even rating and 10 shots on goal in his three games since being acquired on January 31.
 
D-FENSE:  The BEARS are now ranked fourth in the AHL in goals against per game (2.39).  The club has allowed two goals or less in six of the past 10 games, and has allowed three goals or less in 19 consecutive contests, dating back to a 4-3 shootout loss against Worcester on December 15.
 
STOPPED BY SABOURIN:  Goaltender Dany Sabourin, who has had to work extra time in four consecutive starts, has allowed two goals or fewer in seven of his last eight appearances.  He has a record of 3-3-1 in those games.
 
HOLDING THE LEAD:  The BEARS are still unbeaten in regulation with a lead after two periods.  The team has a record of 16-0-2-1 in such games.
 
 
OUTSHOT? NO PROBLEM:  The BEARS have been outshot in 31 of the team’s 46 games this season, but have picked up 35 points in those games (16-12-2-1).
 
KANE JOINS 900 CLUB:  Captain Boyd Kane, who played in the 1,000th game of all the top professional leagues on January 8 at Bridgeport (ECHL-71, AHL-898, NHL-31), became the 13th player in history to appear in 900 AHL games on January 12 against Connecticut.  Ironically, Kane played his first AHL game on November 20, 1998 as a member of the Hartford Wolf Pack, the team that became the Whale after the 2009-2010 season.  In BEARS history, Kane ranks 36th in all-time games played (335).  Former BEARS left winger Les Duff ranks 12th in all-time games played.
 
All-Time Leaders, AHL Games Played
Rank Player Played From-To Seasons GP
9. Ken Gernander 1991-2005 14 973
10. Jim Bartlett 1955-1973 16 955
11. Jimmy Anderson 1954-1970 16 943
12. Les Duff 1955-1970 15 927
13. BOYD KANE 1998-Present 15 908
14. Larry Wilson 1951-1968 15 899
 
McNEILL HITS MILESTONE:  D Patrick McNeill has worked his way to a significant HERSHEY milestone as well.  The Strathroy, Ontario native became the 42nd player in BEARS history to play 300 games while wearing the Chocolate and White, when he suited up last Saturday, February 2 against Manchester.  McNeill has played all 5 ½ years of his pro career in HERSHEY.
 
WELLAR TO 200:  D Patrick Wellar played the 200th game of his HERSHEY career on Sunday, February 3 against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
 
STILL THE ONE:  A combined 20,195 fans came through the gates last weekend at GIANT Center, pushing the BEARS’ league-leading attendance to an average of 9.822 fans per game.  The BEARS have led the AHL in attendance for six consecutive seasons.
 
BEARS vs. SENATORS – TEAM LEADERS:
  HERSHEY Binghamton
Games Played Garrett Mitchell (46) T. Eckford, D. Grant, H. Jessiman (44)
Goals Jon DiSalvatore (12) Derek Grant (13)
Assists Jeff Taffe (29) David Dziurzynski, Jean-Gabriel Pageau (13)
Points Jeff Taffe (38) Mike Hoffman (24)
PIMs Steve Oleksy (134) Hugh Jessiman (115)
Plus/Minus Kevin Marshall, Garrett Mitchell (+8) Eric Gryba (+25)
Power-Play Goals Jon DiSalvatore (6) Mike Hoffman (6)
Shorthanded Goals Garrett Mitchell (2) Derek Grant (5)
Game-Winning Goals Cameron Schilling (3) Corey Cowick, Mike Hoffman (3)
Wins Dany Sabourin (7) Robin Lehner (17)
Goals-Against Average Philipp Grubauer (1.89) Robin Lehner (1.79)
Save Percentage Philipp Grubauer (.930) Robin Lehner (.948)
 
BEARS vs. SENATORS – SPECIAL TEAMS:
  HERSHEY Binghamton
Power Play 33-for-203 (16.3%) – 17th in AHL 30-for-198 (15.2%) – 23rd in AHL
Penalty Kill 180-for-201 (84.6%) – 10th in AHL 190-for-216 (88.0%) – 2nd in AHL
 
BEARS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:   
2/7/13 DEL D Brett Flemming Reassigned by Washington (NHL) to Reading (ECHL)
2/7/13 DEL RW Matt Pope Returned on loan to Reading (ECHL)
2/7/13 DEL F T.J. Syner Returned on loan to Reading (ECHL)
2/7/13 ADD RW Danick Paquette Reassigned by Washington (NHL) from Reading (ECHL)
 
SENATORS RECENT TRANSACTIONS:
2/8/13 DEL D Ben Blood Reassigned by Ottawa (NHL) to Elmira (ECHL)
2/7/13 DEL G Marc Cheverie Loaned to Elmira (ECHL)
2/7/13 ADD D Mark Borowiecki Returned on loan to Ottawa (NHL)
2/5/13 ADD D Brett Lebda Signed to PTO
2/4/13 DEL D Kyle Bushee Released from PTO
2/2/13 DEL C Stephane Da Costa Recalled from loan by Ottawa (NHL)
 
BEARS AMONG THE AHL:                                                 
C Jeff Taffe:  T,2ndassists (29); T,14thscoring (9-29-38).
D Steve Oleksy:  3rd (D) – PIM (134).
 
SENATORS AMONG THE AHL:
G Robin Lehner:  1stsave percentage (.948); 2nd GAA (1.79); T,5thwins (17).
C Derek Grant:  1stshorthanded goals (5); 2ndshorthanded points (5-0-5).
D Eric Gryba:  1st (D) – plus/minus (+25).
C Jean-Gabriel Pageau:  T,1st (R) – SH assists (2).
RW Mark Stone:  T,3rd (R) – plus-minus (+13).

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