INSIDE HOCKEY » Binghamton Senators Get Inside! Sat, 20 Sep 2014 02:40:28 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Photo Gallery: Senators @ Penguins (05/02/14) Sat, 03 May 2014 15:51:09 +0000

 Paced by a three-point night from Andrew Ebbett, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton defeated the Binghamton Senators  5-1 in Game #4 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals and advanced to Round #2 of the Calder Cup playoffs.  The “3 Stars of the Game” were #3 WBS Brian Dumoulin, #2 WBS Peter Mannino, #1 WBS Andrew Ebbett.  Photos taken by Steve Rusyn for Inside Hockey.

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Photo Gallery: Senators @ Penguins (04/30/14) Fri, 02 May 2014 00:45:19 +0000

  Game #3 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals held in Wilkes Barre, PA on Wednesday 4/30/14 between the Binghamton Senators and WBS Penguins. At the 7:32 mark in overtime, the Penguins Chuck Kobasew found the back of the net giving the Penguins a 3 to 2 win over the Senators.  The Penguins lead the series 2games to 1. The “3 Stars of the Game”were #3 WBS Nick Drazenovic, #2 WBS Adam Payerl, #1 WBS Chuck Kobasew. Photos taken by Steve Rusyn for Inside Hockey.

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Photo Gallery: Penguins @ Senators (04/26/14) Sun, 27 Apr 2014 20:45:15 +0000

  Saturday 04/26/14, Game #2 of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals between the Binghamton Senators and the WBS Penguins was held in Binghamton, New York. Senators Stephane Da Costa had 2 goals as the Senators defeated the Penguins in overtime 4 to 3. The “3 Stars of the Game” #3 WBS Mike Carman, #2 BNG Mark Stone, #1 BNG Stephane Da Costa. Pictures taken by Steve Rusyn for Inside Hockey.

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Photo Gallery: Penguins @ Senators (04/18/14) Wed, 23 Apr 2014 12:35:19 +0000

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  At Binghamton, New York, on Friday, April 18, 2014, the Binghamton Senators Jean-Gabriel Pageau scored a hat trick to help his team defeat the WBS Penguins by a score of 5 to 4.  Photos taken by Steve Rusyn for Inside Hockey.

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Photo Gallery: Admirals @ Senators (04/05/14) Mon, 07 Apr 2014 01:18:35 +0000

At Binghamton, New York on 04/05/14, Norfolk Admirals Emerson Etem had a hat trick to help his team defeat the Binghamton Senators by a score of 6 to 3. The “3 Stars of the Game” were #3 BNG Chris Wideman, #2 NOR Steve Eminger, #1 NOR Emerson Etem.  Photos taken by Steve Rusyn for Inside Hockey.

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Photo Gallery: Senators @ Crunch (3/29/14) Mon, 31 Mar 2014 13:46:52 +0000

Syracuse Crunch had more than one chance to take the win. The team lost in the shoot-out 4-3  Kristers Gudlevskis had a great night with 25 saves. The Crunch took advantage of the power plays and scored two goals.  #37 Darren Kramer from the Senators and #82 Luke Witkowski of the Crunch got into a bloody disagreement. Krammer lost the debate with a bloody face had to leave the rink.

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Gudlevskis Strong in Loss to Binghamton Sun, 30 Mar 2014 16:46:02 +0000

SYRACUSE – Before the Sochi Winter Olympics, it would be safe to say that not many people around the hockey world had heard of the Latvian goalie Kristers Gudlevskis. After a 55 save performance in a 2-1 loss to the eventual gold-medal winning Canadians, Gudlevskis undoubtedly made a name for himself. The Syracuse Crunch rookie goalie was then called up to serve as backup for the Tampa Bay Lightning in three games following his stellar performance on the world’s biggest stage.

Although he was reassigned back to Syracuse on March 3rd, Gudlevskis has made the most of his increased workload in the AHL. Going into Saturday night’s game vs. the Senators, Gudlevskis had a 5-2-1 record in net for the Crunch since returning from Sochi and Tampa Bay. Crunch fans may not have been surprised by Gudlevskis strong play in Sochi, as he is 16-10-4 with a 2.56 GAA and a .907% save percentage for a Syracuse team that is at the bottom of the East division.

Gudlevskis started off Saturday’s game at the War Memorial Arena no differently, making saves on two legitimate scoring chances early on in the game. “For us playing six games in nine nights, I felt fine,” Gudlevskis said. “Physically it may have been a little bit harder, but I was focused and fighting in the net.”

In addition to it being the tenth and final meeting on the season between divisional foes Syracuse and Binghamton, it was also “Pucks for Paws” night at the arena. On a night when dogs could be heard barking during both the national anthem and throughout the game, it was the Crunch who came out of the gates like a group of junkyard dogs. Syracuse established a strong forecheck and created good scoring chances early in the game, but Binghamton goalie Andrew Hammond stood tall and shut the door each time.

Despite the Crunch’s strong start, it was the Senators that struck first just before the halfway point of the first period. One of the hardest plays for a goalie to read is when the puck is lightly dumped in and he has to make the decision to come out and play it or stay in the net. One of the worst things a goalie can do on this play is hesitate, and Gudlevskis did exactly that. The Crunch goalie looked like he was going to try to win the race to the puck, but he instead tried to get back to his post as the Senators’ Derek Grant carried the puck below the circle. Grant quickly put the puck on net and it trickled by Gudlevskis and past the goal line to make it 1-0 Binghamton. Gudlevskis practiced his positioning on the same post the goal was scored on him in the next TV timeout.

Aside from a Binghamton power play one-timer that he had no chance in stopping, Gudlevskis was solid throughout the rest of game. Right after the Crunch took lead midway through the second period, Gudlevskis made a breakaway save and smothered the rebound to keep his team on top. The divisional and regional rivals went into their respective locker rooms tied after the second frame.

Playing the point on the power play, Syracuse RW Geoff Walker blasted home a one-timer past Hammond to put the Crunch up by one just past the halfway point in the third. With just over five minutes remaining though, Binghamton’s Alex Grant threw a shot on net from the point that somehow found its was through traffic and into the back of the net. It was clear by his reaction that Gudlevskis was screened, but he thinks he could have done something differently to see the puck better.

“I shouldn’t have been blocking the short side, but in that moment I thought that was the best option,” Gudlevskis said. “But I didn’t for sure know and I didn’t see it go in. It happens, its hockey.” Gudlevskis bounced back quickly, making a few stellar saves to keep the game tied including one from point blank range with just a few seconds to go in the third to send the game to overtime. Gudlevskis made 25 saves on 28 shots in regulation.

After a scoreless overtime period that did not produce many scoring chances, both the human and dog fans in the building barked for a shootout. Gudlevskis was strong down low all game, but Binghamton’s Cole Schneider saw some daylight upstairs in the shootout to put the Senators up 1-0. Schneider’s goal turned out to be the only goal for either side in the shootout, as Hammond stuffed all five Crunch players to secure the victory for the Senators.

The win gave the Senators an 8-2 record vs. the Crunch this season and secured their position at  both the top of the East division and third in the Eastern conference. Syracuse, on the other hand, remains last in the East division and 11th in the Eastern conference, 13 points out of the final playoff spot with just nine games to play.

Although the Crunch are definitely on the outside looking in, Gudlevskis knows what the team needs to do to give themselves a shot at the postseason. “We can’t think about it, we just need to go out there every game fighting. If we can win all nine of these games, we have a chance,” Gudlevskis said.

Now 5-2-2 since returning from the Olympics, Gudlevskis has maintained the same high level of play that was almost the reason for an upset of epic proportions for his Latvian team vs. Canada in the knockout round of the Olympic hockey tournament. Only 21 years old and still a rookie, Gudlevskis is handling the entire experience like a true professional.

“[The Olympics] gave me confidence and a lot of skills,” Gudlevskis said. “But now its in the past and I don’t think about that anymore, I’m just focusing here for Syracuse.”

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Sens Snap Skid Over Rival Admirals Sat, 15 Mar 2014 03:00:08 +0000

BINGHAMTON – It’s been almost a month since the Binghamton Senators were last victorious, but the Sens finally snapped a six game skid, beating the Norfolk Admirals 3-1 Friday night in front of 3409 fans at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. With the win, and a win by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the playoff picture shifts with the Pens leading the division and the Senators and Admirals trailing by a point and two, respectively (74, 73, 72).

“It’s better to end the losing streak with a hard fought game,” Senators captain Mark Borowiecki said.

This game was exactly that.

One constant for Binghamton (34-20-1-4, 73 points, 2nd East) has been the start. Despite playing a slower tempo game, Binghamton was able to use their skill and crack through at the 6:19 mark, as David Dziurzynski came in on the right side and rebounded Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s shot from the left point past Brad Theissen and into an open net to make it 1-0 Sens. It was Dziurzynski’s seventh goal of the year, with Cole Schneider getting the secondary assist.

The Sens were able to make it 2-0 at the 14:28 mark, but not without a bit of controversy. The Sens had appeared to score just seconds earlier, but the goal was disallowed. Stephane Da Costa ended up finding the back of the net for real and was credited with his 15th goal of the year. Mark Borowiecki and Chris Wideman received helpers.

To Sens fans dismay, the second period started with a bang. Just 13 seconds in, Norfolk’s (32-20-1-7, 72 points) Devonte Smith-Pelly scored his team leading 22nd goal of the year to cut the lead in half at 2-1. Garnet Exelby and Jsse Blacker assisted on the shocker.

But Binghamton did something they haven’t in a while, clinging to the one goal lead (they dropped a 4 goal lead last Saturday and a 2 goal lead the next day.)

Andrew Hammond stepped up big and the Sens defense was able to keep the ice tilted in their favor. Pageau scored an empty netter, his 13th at 18:52 of the third to seal the Sens first win of March.

Binghamton remains at home to take on the Rochester Americans in the first of an impromptu home-and-home (after a postponement last Wednesday) Saturday, while Norfolk makes the short trip to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Saturday night.


For Andre Petersson, it was a quiet homecoming. The forward played his entire AHL career in Binghamton before a deadline deal sent him to the division rival Admirals.

“He did a great job for us,” head coach Luke Richardson said. “It’s always sad to see a player go…We thanked him for all of his efforts this year and wished him well. Sometimes new life on a new team is good for a player. It looks like he’s off to a good start.”

Meanwhile, Alex Grant played his former team for the first time Friday.

“Those are nice ones to win,” Grant said of playing his old team. He said he gave the Sens a few pointers:

“Nothing serious. Just little pointers I thought could help the team. Any little tip is always good. I’m sure Petersson did the same thing.”


Mark Borowiecki is the heart and soul of this Senators team. To the point, Borowiecki hadn’t played since the last time the Sens won! Boro’s game was felt immediately:

“Nice to get back on track,” he said.

“People who know a thing or two about the game probably appreciate a defensive defenseman a little more than bloggers or tweeters…

“…That’s the little things that help the team win.”

If Borowiecki reads this article, we appreciate the defensive defensemen here at Inside Hockey.

But it wasn’t without difficulty. Aside from the physical pain, it was rough mentally on Borowiecki:

“No one wants to sit out, especially since it’s a critical time of the year. It’s tough to not have a little bit of control in the outcome of the games,” Borowiecki said.

“It sucks coming down [to the locker room] too. The guys are down in the dumps and you weren’t really out there with them.”


One question that remains to be answered is: What happened to Tyler Eckford? Eckford last played on February 22nd. He had played 32  games, registering 4 assists, a +7, and just 15 PIMS. the defender and British Columbia native is in the second year of a two year contract. For the past week, Eckford’s furnished apartment has sat vacant, with the china neatly stacked on the dining room table. There is no trace of his residence at the apartment, and he was not seen on the ice or off tonight. Eckford was scratched, and a team official said he is out for undisclosed reasons. Coach Luke Richardson clarified postgame that it is not injury related and he is not skating with the team. While it is not officially known, it is unlikely that Eckford will wear a Senators jersey again. Upon checking the rosters of ECHL teams and other AHL teams, he does not appear on another team’s roster. Inside Hockey will continue to follow the story for developments.


3. Mark Borowiecki (BIN)

2. Jean-Gabriel Pageau (BIN) G, A

1. Andrew Hammond (BIN) W, 30 SV

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Photo Gallery: Crunch vs. Senators (3/9/14) Wed, 12 Mar 2014 14:06:59 +0000

Syracuse Crunch down 3-1 make a huge comeback in the third period winning the game 4-3. #35 Kristers Gudlevskis stopped 33 of 36 shots.  The Syracuse Crunch Fans left the War Memorial with a smile.

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Photo Gallery: Comets @ Senators 03/08/14 Mon, 10 Mar 2014 16:05:28 +0000

  In Binghamton , New York, the Utica Comets overcame a 4 goal deficit to defeat the Binghamton Senators in a shootout by a score of 6-5. The Comets goalie had 1 goal a d 1 assist to help his team win.  The “3 Stars of the Game” were #3 BNG Gabriel Pageau, #2 UTI Alex Biega, and #1 UTI Pascal Pelletier.  Photos taken by Steve Rusyn for Inside Hockey.


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