Senators News: October 20th; Binghamton 2, Hershey 3

-Binghamton lost 3-2 to Hershey last night in an entertaining game.  The B-Sens dominated much of game (outshooting the Bears 44-21), particularly once they were down 2-0.  The officials put the whistles away until it was 3-0, in yet another illustration of how irrational hockey officiating is.  The last ten minutes saw Binghamton get back into the game with a powerplay goal by Benoit, a huge hit by Gryba, a shorthanded tally (Eckford) off a dumb Gryba penalty, but it was all too little, too late.  One amusing element of the broadcast was having it cut off when Grady Whittenburg started to talk about the US election.  All the goals on Lehner were through screens.  Jared Cowen left the game with an injury, but Luke Richardson didn’t think it was serious.

In terms of player impressions Mark Stone has elevated his game significantly after an indifferent pre-season and his line (with Grant and Dziurzynski) has been the most consistent over the last two games.  Andre Petersson has struggled this season with what are largely mental errors (something that’s plagued Gryba as well).  I’ll mention Silfverberg because he played well–it’s expected so it doesn’t seem remarkable, but given who is centering his line (Pageau) he’s had a good start to the year.  Finally, Corey Cowick continues to be completely invisible.

Richardson was not happy with the team’s start, saying they were “sleepy” and made a number of unforced errors (particularly those in the defensive zone).  He said he believes the poor start lost them the game and I fully agree with him.  He was happy with Lehner‘s game, but not happy with the team’s effort.

-Binghamton plays Syracuse tonight and I’d guess that Ben Bishop will get his first start and that Fredrik Claesson will play if Cowen is still injured.  The Crunch beat Albany 3-2 last night and are now 2-0-1 this season.  Syracuse forward Cory Conacher leads the AHL in scoring with 7 points.

-Elmira defeated Wheeling 4-2 with Nathan Lawson picking up the win and New, Wideman, Downing, and Caporusso picking up assists (Peltz and Blood were pointless).  Wideman (5’10) got into a fight with Reid McNeill (6’3).  Here’s the game recap.  The Jackals play Wheeling again tonight (presumably Cheverie will get the start).

-Elmira traded their rights to Evan Barlow to San Francisco.

-Sens president Cyril Leeder made it clear that Ottawa wants the lockout to end ASAP:

What we’ve been telling them is our fans are not in the same spot as they were seven years ago. They’re not going to put up with a long lockout. We’re encouraging the league to try and make a deal as quickly as possible.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

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