It's been a crazy season in upstate New York. The Elmira Jackals are the best team in the ECHL, and Binghamton is in a 4-way tie for 4th place in the East. The 4-3-1-1 Binghamton Senators start a three-game series this weekend on Friday against the Hamilton Bulldogs (currently in first place in the North with only one regulation loss) Saturday at home against the Adirondack Phantoms (currently in last in the East and signed former Binghamton captain Denis Hamel to a PTO) and at home again for Sunday afternoon against the Syracuse Crunch.
Biggest gains: Barry Brust
Barry Brust is the reason this team is 4-3-1-1. After going nearly 120 minutes without allowing a goal last week, Brust continued his strong play against the Charlotte Checkers. While the offense was able to give him support, unlike the previous week, the defense again left him to fend for himself. As the numbers would suggest (1-0-1-0, 2.90 GAA, .924 SV%), he did all he could to keep Binghamton in games. After starting 6 straight games, he's expected to sit on Friday, but could start on Saturday. Sunday's starter has yet to be announced.
Biggest losses: Eric Gryba
As I have stated many times, Gryba is a player very similar to Andy Sutton. He's a big guy who uses his body to put forwards on the floor and isn't afraid to do time in the box. But he hasn't really been living up to that this season. After being benched for David Hale, Gryba has played six games and has the second worst plus/minus on the team with a -4 (Roman Wick is a team-worst with a -5). Pared with also rookie and struggling Patrick Wiercioch on the third paring, he isn't playing physical hockey, and his poor play is leading to good scoring chances (and his plus/minus would be worse if not for Brust).