AHL Preview: Binghamton Senators Vs. Hershey Bears

By Matthew Speck

Following a loss in their home opener to the Rochester Americans, minor league affiliate of the Buffalo Sabres from the NHL, the Hershey Bears return to finish three games in three days, completing it with tonight’s evening contest against the Binghamton Senators.

The Washington Capitals AHL affiliate, the Hershey Bears dropped their first game of the year at Giant Center last night, despite seven goals scored, with three of Hershey’s goals coming on the power play. Rochester battled back from a 4-1 deficit, using a second half offensive surge to execute their 8-7 victory. Bears’ forward Jeff Taffe and defenseman Garrett Stafford each added four points on the night for Hershey.

Binghamton enters tonight coming off a tough loss, losing a 5-0 lead to the Syracuse Crunch and eventually falling in overtime 6-5. Senators’ starting goalie, Robin Lehner dropped the gloves with Crunch goalie Riku Helenius prior to the Syracuse comeback. Lehner was ejected from the game following his fight.

Hershey dominated Ottawa’s AHL affiliate, the Binghamton Senators last season, recording a 6-1-0-1 record against the black and red from Binghamton. The Bears hold an all-time 47-19-6 advantage over the Senators.

Hershey escaped with a win Friday night in their second game of the season against Binghamton, winning 4-3 over the Senators. Bears goalie, Dany Sabourin paced the Bears in net for his first win of the season.

These two teams will play six more times this season following tonight’s game, with both teams hosting three games apiece.

Philipp Grubauer will make his first career AHL start in net for Hershey and Robin Lehner will be the man between the pipes for Binghamton. Lehner is 2-1 thus far on the season, posting a 1.44 goals against average and a stellar .953 save percentage in 4 games

Hershey Bears’ scratches: Goalie Braden Holtby, defensemen Patrick McNeill, Kevin Marshall, Patrick Wellar and forwards Matt Clackson, Matt Beaudoin and Ryan Potulny

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