Senators News: December 9th; Binghamton 1, Norfolk 3

-Binghamton lost 3-1 to Norfolk last night, putting an end to their nine-game winning streak.  The B-Sens struggled to solve Frederik Andersen despite firing 40 shots his direction; Robin Lehner made 32-saves in the loss.  Derek Grant scored the only goal for Binghamton, his league-leading third shorty off a turnover he created.

Luke Richardson talked about the loss:

For the most part I think the whole night was just a little bit off for everybody, including me. I think we all get a little bit complacent at times. I think we were striving to get better and pushing as far as we could, and playing better as a team, but (Saturday) it caught us. We just weren’t at our best, from start to finish.

I like that Richardson includes himself as a factor in the team’s performance–it fits the idea that the team winning and losing together includes the coaching staff.

Jakob Silfverberg talked about his watershed moment in the AHL:

We were up 5-0 [on Syracuse] then all of a sudden, hell breaks loose. Ending up in a game like that was a big difference for me. I knew there was fights going on (in games here), but I didn’t really imagine there would be that many in one game. But even that was a good experience, even though we ended up losing. I learned a lot from that game.

Richardson talked about Derek Grant‘s future:

[He] has been the guy that’s bloomed into a real good two-way forward. He’s a going to be a great checking forward because he’s got size and he’s got a great stride, he can skate with anybody. He’s getting stronger and stronger on faceoffs, and you he’s getting a bit of an offensive touch. Not to compare him to Mike Fisher, because he has a totally different style of play, but when you get a so-called checking centre that can score goals, and kill penalties … that’s a dangerous thing. I don’t know if he’s ready yet, but he’s getting close. He’s a guy that’s really put himself in a great spot.

This is exactly what most players have to do when making the transition to the NHL–become defensively reliable.

-Elmira also lost 3-1 last night, with Cheverie in net and Caporusso and Peltz providing points among those with Binghamton connections.

This article is written by Peter Levi (@eyeonthesens)

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