-Binghamton defeated Hershey 5-3 in their second game of the pre-season, with Jean-Gabriel Pageau, Mika Zibanejad, Mike Hoffman, Jakub Culek, and Andre Petersson scoring. Of note, Brad Peltz got into a fight, which may be the first of his career. Bobby Kelly watched the game and provides his insight on it. Incidentally, Bobby expressed surprise that Culek was given serious defensive responsibilities, but the organisation has always projected him as a checking forward. Binghamton’s final pre-season game is today against Albany.
-Lines for tonight’s game: Zibanejad-Pageau-Stone, Hoffman-Cannone-Petersson, Dziurzynski-Grant-Schneider, Cowick-Culek-Downing; Cowen-Benoit, Borowiecki-Gryba, Ekford-Claesson; Robin Lehner will start.
-Binghamton made their second round of cuts, sending Chris Wideman, Brad Peltz, and Danny New to Elmira and returning Scott Greenham to Bakersfield. No surprises here, with only Wideman actually signed to an ELC. This leaves the B-Sens with 3 goalies (Marc Cheverie will be sent back to Elmira when Nathan Lawson is healthy), 8 defensemen (Patrick Wiercioch has not played in the pre-season), and 19 forwards (including tonight’s game Da Costa, Jessiman, Caporusso, Hamilton, and Prince have not played in the pre-season).
-Speaking of Albany, here is their training camp roster. They are 3-0 so far in pre-season action, with the team featuring NHLers Adam Larsson, Adam Henrique, Jacob Josefson, and Mattias Tedenby (and Bobby Butler). The only significant roster loses for the team from last year are Vladimir Zharkov (KHL) and Peter Harrold (one-way with New Jersey). I have no idea if class act Tim Sestito will play.
-Elmira made their first round of cuts, releasing 11 players: Yegor Bezugly, Tim D’Orazio, Luke Frey, Artem Gumenyuk, Matt Harrington, Nicolas Lareau, Ivan Lyaskevich, Jeremy Narducci, Kyle Pelke, Charles Vaillancourt, and Jon Vaillancourt. None of these cuts are surprises.
-Former B-Sen Francis Lessard has finally landed elsewhere, signing with the LNAH Cornwall River Kings.
This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)