Game 47: Adirondack 4, Binghamton 3 (Jan. 26, 2011, Glens Falls Civic Center)
Tough loss for Binghamton, but the main story was Robin Lehner. After the first period, Lehner was pulled from the game and replaced by Mike Brodeur. He didn't appear to have an injury, but his performance was a bit shaky on the ice. Binghamton scored a one goal in all third periods but it wasn't enough to beat the Phantoms.
BSens Hero: David Dziurzynski
Scored Ottawa's lone goal in the second, and has really been coming alive in the new calender year. I've already talked about his skills on the faceoff, and how high he is on the coaching staff radar, but he's one player to watch out for next season (and another free agent signing by Bryan Murray).
BSens Hero: Patrick Wiercioch
Remember him, guys? Wiercioch scored his second goal of the season for Binghamton and went plus-two tonight. Knock on wood: Hopefully a sign of good things to come.
Lehner Watch (13 Sv, 2 GA)
Lehner was pulled after the first period, and replaced by Brodeur. With Barry Brust injured, and this was Lehner's time to earn the backup role for Binghamton. He looked shaky out there on the ice, and after being called up repeatedly, you can't really blame him. The good news is, Mike Brodeur only allowed two goals on 21 shots, so he does have a chance to be the starter until Brust comes back.
Game 48: Hershey 3, Binghamton 2 (Jan. 28, 2011 Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena)
Heartbreaking loss tonight, as both teams fought hard in all three periods. Hershey would score a single goal in each period, the game winner a shot through Mike Brodeur's five hole. This game felt like a playoff game and, despite the loss, was a fun game to watch.
BSens Hero: Andre Benoit
Had both assists tonight for Binghamton, has really been under the radar for most of the season. The former Canadiens prospect has brought his offensive skills to Binghamton, and has done well working with Craig Schira.
BSens Killer: Braden Holtby
One of the many Washington Capital goalie prospects, Braden Holtby made 21 saves and was a thorn in Binghamton's side for the whole third period.
Game 49: Binghamton 2, Wilkes-Barre/Scranton 1 (Jan. 29, 2011 Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena)
Binghamton goes into the break with a win, and Robin Lehner has one of his finest games in the AHL. Even though Binghamton failed to record more than nine shots on goal in any of the periods, the offense was able to score enough goals to beat the AHL's best team.
BSens Heroes: Bobby Butler and Erik Condra
The two goal scorers for Binghamton tonight, and looked fantastic on the ice (as well in the awesome jerseys) and together had a total of seven shots on net, +2 and 2 PIMs (all Condra's).
Got into a fight for the first time since the 14th of this month (first time at a home game since December 18th). Francis Lessard looks to have won the fight, and had a bloody lip.
Lehner faced 44 shots, made 43 saves and allowed only one goal. And for the first time in a while, got some non-sarcastic cheers from a crowd that doesn't seem to like him most of the time.
Binghamton has 53 points and is still in playoffs thanks to the division crossover rules.
†No longer with team
Game 42: Wheeling 2, Elmira 0 (Jan. 28, 2011, First Arena)
Despite many chances, Elmira just couldn't get a goal on the board. A sellout crowd in Elmira was treated to a defensive and goalie showdown. Both goaltenders made 28 saves, but it would be Wheeling that walked away with the win.
Game 43: Reading 6, Elmira 5 (Jan. 22, 2011, First Arena)
Elmira was down 6-2 going into the third, and attempted a comeback by scoring three unanswered goals in the third, but fail to tie the game earn some much needed points.
|John de Gray†||23||2||7||8||+5||32|
|Mark Stone||Brandon Wheat Kings (WHL)||52||26||37||63||-2||26|
|Jared Cowen||Spokane Chiefs (WHL)||37||13||18||31||+27||55|
|Jakub Culek||Rimouski Oceanic (QMJHL)||38||5||11||16||+3||22|
|Markus Sorensen||Djurgårdens IF (J20 SuperElit)‡||25||12||21||33||n/a||47|
|Djurgårdens IF Stockholm (SEL)||7||1||1||2||+2||0|
|David Rundblad||Skelleftea HC (SEL)||43||9||25||34||+2||10|
|Jakob Silfverberg||Brynas IF Gavle (SEL)||42||12||13||25||-6||14|
|Andre Petersson||HV71 Jonkoping (SEL)||31||8||4||12||+5||18|
|Emil Sandin||Brynas IF Gavle (SEL)‡||26||0||3||3||-1||6|
|Mora IK (HockeyAllsvenskan)||9||2||4||6||n/a||6|
|Brynäs J20 (J20 SuperElit)‡||2||1||0||1||n/a||0|
|Derek Grant||Michigan State University (CCHA)||28||4||19||23||-1||28|
|Louie Caporusso||Michigan (CCHA)||28||8||14||22||+14||18|
|Chris Wideman||Miami University (Ohio) (CCHA)||28||2||15||17||+4||26|
|Mark Borowiecki||Clarkson University (ECAC)||25||3||8||11||+3||57|
|Jeff Costello||Notre Dame (CCHA)||30||7||3||10||-5||34|
|Bryce Aneloski||Nebraska-Omaha (CCHA)||26||2||8||10||+5||10|
|Michael Sdao||Princeton University (ECAC)||18||2||5||7||-2||51|
|Ben Blood||North Dakota (WCHA)||29||1||5||6||+16||40|
|Brad Peltz||Yale University (ECAC)||x||x||x||x||x|