AHL Preview: Hershey Bears Vs. Binghamton Senators
The Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) hit the road prior to AHL all-star weekend, taking on the Binghamton Senators (Ottawa Senators) tonight. Tonight marks the fourth of eight contests between the East division clubs this regular season, with the Senators holding a 2-1 record up to this point. Hershey holds an all-time 48-21-6 record against Binghamton, their best against any AHL team.
Binghamton and Hershey last met at Giant Center on January 5th, with the Senators skating away with a 3-1 victory on the road. Hershey forward Ryan Potulny scored the opening goal, but Binghamton registered three straight goals, including an empty netter, in duel in net between net minders Braden Holtby and Ben Bishop.
The Senators last played on Friday night, defeating the Syracuse Crunch 1-0 in a shootout. Crunch net minder Dustin Tokarski earned 28 saves, but Binghamton goalie Robin Lehner matched Tokarski through regulation and overtime. Both goalies continued their strong play in the shootout, but the Senators’ Stephane Da Costa tallied the deciding goal to give Binghamton a win on the road.
Hershey played last night in a lack-luster effort, falling to the St. John’s IceCaps by 3-1 score. Forward Jon DiSalvatore tallied the lone Hershey goal during a second period power play, and Hershey’s offense failed to come through in the third period. The Bears trailed 2-1 heading into the final frame, and picked up their 15th loss after trailing through two periods.
AHL veteran Dany Sabourin could start in goal for the Bears, following Philipp Grubauer’s start between the pipes for Hershey last night.