Albany, New York

Saturday, December 13, 2008

It has been quite a long time since we went to an away Binghamton Senators game - we're talking three seasons or so here! We actually hit a neutral site game last season in Glens Falls, but the only reason we ended up there was because we were already in the Capital Region for a tournament. This would be the first time we actually travelled to specifically watch the B-Sens away.

The Times-Union Arena (formerly the Pepsi Arena) was the same on this date as we remembered it. Wide concourse, comfortable seats, and lots of room in both areas since there weren't that many people there (announced attendance was 2,889).

The B-Sens played a solid game, going 8-for-8 on the penalty kill, enroute to a 3-0 victory.

After the game, we went out to the Colonie Mall and had dinner at P.F. Changs - Yummo!! Back to Binghamton after that.

Binghamton Senators 3 at Albany River Rats 0 - Status: Final
Dec 13, 2008 - Times Union Center

1st Period
Scoring - 1. Binghamton, D. Bois (5) (M. Cavosie, Z. Smith) 6:43
Penalties - Z. Smith Bng (interference) 3:44, J. Petruzalek Alb (hooking) 4:13, N. Petruic Bng (holding) 14:40, M. Carkner Bng (closing hand on puck) 16:38, P. Dwyer Alb (slashing) 19:31

2nd Period
Scoring - 2. Binghamton, G. Mauldin (3) (M. Carkner, D. Hamel) 16:05 PP
Penalties - D. Bois Bng (roughing) 6:29, H. Reed Alb (tripping) 10:25, C. Borer Alb (closing hand on puck) 14:08, R. Weston Alb (delay of game) 17:10

3rd Period
Scoring - 3. Binghamton, R. Shannon (7) (D. Hamel, M. Karlsson) 19:38 EN
Penalties - M. Carkner Bng (roughing, roughing) 1:18, B. Elliott Bng (tripping) 1:29, Z. Smith Bng (fighting) 9:02, J. Yablonski Bng (double minor - spearing (attempt)) 9:02, P. Dwyer Alb (fighting) 9:02

BNG Shots: 12 15 9 TOTAL: 36
ALB Shots: 12 7 14 TOTAL: 33

Power Play Conversion
Binghamton Senators 1-5. Albany River Rats 0-9.

Binghamton Senators
Elliott 12-6-1 Start: 1st 0:00 Min: 60:00 SV: 33 GA: 0 [W]

Albany River Rats
Peters 3-8-2 Start: 1st 0:00 Min: 58:42 SV: 33 GA: 2 [L]

Start : 7:01 PM
End : 9:14 PM
Attendance : 2889
Referee I: Terry Koharski (10)
Referee II:
LINESMAN I: Jim Harper (59)
LINESMAN II: Mike Emanatian (69)

"Penalty kill preserves B-Sens' shutout
By Michael Sharp Staff Writer December 14, 2008

ALBANY -- The Binghamton Senators faced two glaring trends heading into the weekend: Their penalty kill had dropped to last in the league, and their starting goalie had been pulled in two straight games.

Two nights later, though, that glare has been replaced by a pleasant shine.

Brian Elliott notched Binghamton's first shutout of the season Saturday, and the B-Sens went 8-for-8 on the penalty kill, topping the Albany River Rats 3-0 before 2,889 fans at the Times Union Center.

"It feels good. It's always good to get the first one," said Elliott, whose last shutout came March 14 of last season, also against Albany. "But ... our penalty kill was doing great, and the guys in front of me definitely provided a ton of support."

Ranked last in the league in penalty killing entering the weekend, Binghamton went a combined 12-for-12 in two wins against Portland and Albany.

Saturday night, they preserved both their win and Elliott's shutout by holding the River Rats scoreless on two four-minute power plays in the third period -- one of which also included two straight minutes of five-on-three time.

"We made a conscious effort to do the right thing," B-Sens coach Cory Clouston said of the penalty kill. "We've adjusted a few things, and we've stressed just a couple different areas, and it's really paid off."

Danny Bois put Binghamton ahead early, scoring short-side from the deep left corner at the 6:43 mark of the first. Greg Mauldin added a power-play goal in the second, tipping home a shot from Matt Carkner, and Ryan Shannon tacked on an empty-netter in the final minute of the third.

Elliott stopped 33 shots, including Pat Dwyer's second-period breakaway, giving him 74 saves on 75 shots in two weekend wins.

"He was unbelievable," said defenseman Mattias Karlsson, who was on the ice for all two minutes of Albany's five-on-three. "He made some unreal saves today. And a game like this, that's what we need."

The B-Sens finished their four-point weekend despite missing left wing Ilya Zubov and defenseman Brian Lee, who were recalled by Ottawa on Saturday morning. Zubov had an assist -- his first NHL point -- in the big club's 2-0 win over Tampa Bay."

Total Mileage: 268 Miles

Total Miles Travelled:
150,380 Miles!

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