A new season for the B-Sens, but starting where they left off!
BSens Scoring Continues
BINGHAMTON, NY – Welcome to the new home of Wrap Around, a column about the Binghamton Senators right here at the home of the Power Play Post Show. I am also excited that we will be featuring other talented writers right here on PPPShow.net and these won’t be your boring typical beat writing articles but stories, opinions and columns about the teams these writers cover and follow. I would personally like to encourage the fans that read this articles to comment on them, share them and express your thoughts about them to the writers. This season for the Power Play Post Show our motto is #AHLFansFirst, so please don’t hesitate to tell us what you want to hear on the show or read in the articles. For me, my articles will be written on Sundays or Mondays talking about what I have seen on the ice and reactions after talking to the players.
So in someone’s amazing ‘think-tank’ somewhere far-far away, an idea came up that sent the Binghamton Senators and Syracuse Crunch to Lyon, France to hold training camp and play four games, two against each other over-seas. Away from their fans and away from both of their home arenas, which is becoming way to common for American Hockey League teams, I disagreed with the novelty publicity stunt of sending two AHL teams overseas to play exhibition games. However after seeing a few pics of the arenas and listening to a few people talk about the experience for the players to play in Europe, I guess it’s a way to get that early on bond going, which we all know helps teams in the long run.
Now the B-Sens fared well in France winning all three games they played and they did it in impressive fashion. Outscoring their opponents 17-7 and probably more importantly they won both pre-season games vs their former East Division rivals the Syracuse Crunch by a combined score of 12-3 including 1 shut-out by second year goalie, Andrew Hammond. Rookie goalie and most likely the back-up to Hammond, Chris Driedger played in the game vs the Grenoble Burner Wolves, winning that contest 6-4.
Since I don’t do re-caps, here is a brief outline of the three games win the goal scorers and pert-net information.
Game 1 vs Syracuse: 5-3 Win
Scorers: Chris Wideman 2 goals, Carter Camper 1 goal, Troy Rutkowski 1 Short handed goal, Danny New 1 goal
In Goal: Andrew Hammond
Game 2 vs Grenoble Burner Wolves: 6-4 – win
Scorers: Ryan Dzingle 2 goals, Shane Prince 2 goals, Darren Kramer 1 goal, Patrick Muller 1 goal
In Goal: Chris Driedger
Game 3 vs Syracuse: 6-0 – win
Scorers: Mike Sdao 1 goal, Carter Camper 1 goal, Brandon Wong 1 goal, Alex Guptill 1 goal, Danny Hobbs 1 goal, Derek Grant 1 goal
In Goal: Andrew Hammond
Now what does the above mean? It’s pre-season right? Everyone always tells everyone that pre-season doesn’t matter when it comes to wins and losses, but those people are usually talking about the teams that lose in pre-season. And generally yes, no one wins a championship for winning all three games in pre-season but it can tell a story. And with the B-Sens the most important story this pre-season is that the team has not forgotten how to score goals over the summer. Last season’s #1 ranked offensive team in the American Hockey League scored eleven goals vs Syracuse in two games and then an additional six vs the Grenoble Burner Wolves. Even more so in the final game of the three, Binghamton had six different goal scorers and thirteen different players scored in the three games played over-seas. Of those thirteen different players, the only Hobbs and Wong do I for see not playing full time in Binghamton. Wong and Hobbs could spend a bulk of time in the ECHL this season, though both will and could be excellent call-ups for the B-Sens through out the season.
Former Providence and Boston Bruin Prospect, Carter Camper scored in the two games vs Syracuse which is impressive but shouldn’t be surprising as he has the ability to score in the AHL, but just hasn’t put that career year type of scoring seasons together yet. Chris Wideman, Shane Prince and Ryan Dzingle each scored two goals a piece for the B-Sens scoring their two goals in one game which lends to having the hot hand. Andrew Hammond won both of the games he played in and shutting out the Crunch in the final game of the trip in France which builds up his confidence heading into next Saturday’s home opener.
Once again, what does this all mean? The B-Sens can score goals. The B-Sens and Andrew Hammond figure out ways to win games. The team will also see other players join them when they return home to Binghamton as well with Ottawa sending through waivers on Sunday, defensemen Alex Grant and Aaron Johnson and forward David Dziurzysnki. All three are expected to clear waivers and will add even more experience and veteran leadership. Head Coach Luke Richardson will have a few tough deceisions to make this upcoming week trimming his roster down a bit to most likely 22 players.
Just a bit more…
Before Grant, Johnson and Dziurzynski join the B-Sens sometime this week, here’s the 22 man roster that went to France.
Goaltenders: Andrew Hammond & Chris Driedger.
Defensemen: Troy Rutkowski, Mike Sdao, Ty Wishart, Chris Wideman, Guillaume Lepine, Daniel New & Patrick Mullen.
Forwards: Carter Camper, Danny Hobbs, Cole Schneider, Garrett Thompson, Max McCormick, Shane Prince, Brad Mills, Brandon Wong, Alex Guptill, Darren Kramer, Jakub Culek, Ryan Dzingel & Derek Grant.
That’s it for now, see everyone after the season opener in the newly named Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena vs the Worcester Sharks on Saturday night with a new video scoreboard. Oh yeah, pictures to come on that one too!
Bob Howard – @PPPShow