Hershey Wins (& Loses) Against Binghamton Within 24 Hour Window

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Posted November 24, 2013
Binghamton's Stephane Da Costa scores an insurance goal for the Senators (Photo Credit: M. Richter).

Binghamton’s Stephane Da Costa scores the game-winning goal for the Senators on the way to their 5-1 victory (All Photos Credit: M. Richter).

The Hershey Bears played two games against the Binghamton Senators (BSens) this weekend, and the results were about as different as one can get in regulation decisions.  On Saturday, the Bears thrashed the BSens 5-2, with the highlight of the night being a stretch of three goals in 1:37 during the first period.  Sunday saw the Mirror Universe version of the Bears on the ice, with the BSens turning a 1-1 tied game into a 5-1 blowout in the third period – with the last two goals coming just 44 seconds apart in the last minute of play.

Patrick Wey celebrates his first career AHL goal, scored tonight in the second period.

Patrick Wey celebrates his first career AHL goal, scored tonight in the second period.

In a brief bright spot, Caps prospect and first-year pro Patrick Wey scored his first career AHL goal tonight (assisted by Nathan Walker and Casey Wellman), which tied things up for almost fifteen minutes before the BSens pulled ahead again early in the third period.  It helped to make up for the fact that he tallied the only penalty in the first period (a slashing call, which resulted in the BSens scoring just eight seconds into their power play).  The goal would prove to be the only one of the night for the home team.

Penalties came a bit thicker in the second and third periods, though neither team managed a successful conversion.  At 6:06, Stephane Da Costa scored to push the Senators ahead, with help from Chris Wideman & Mark Stone, and the rest was gravy.

To sum things up in photos:

Binghamton's Andrew Hammond had a great night, stopping 34 of 35 shots.

Binghamton’s Andrew Hammond had a great night, stopping 34 of 35 shots.

Hershey's Philipp Grubauer had a less awesome night, allowing 4 goals on 23 shots (the second-to-last BSens goal was against an Empty Net).

Hershey’s Philipp Grubauer had a less awesome night, allowing 4 goals on 23 shots (the second-to-last BSens goal was against an Empty Net).

To be fair, Grubauer was far from the only one who had a less-than-stellar evening.  There wasn’t a single member of the Hershey roster tonight who had a positive number in the +/- column.  The best anyone could lay claim to was a zero, and there were only six players who snagged that honour.

Holding Tight to the Status Quo

Unfortunately for the Bears, the 50-50 split on the weekend is not an unusual occurrence.  Now sixteen games into the season, they sit at at a precise .500 winning percentage.  They also have both 50 goals for and against at this point, and are ranked twelve of fifteen in the AHL’s Eastern Conference – not a place they want to stay, if they intend to see playoffs in spring.  That being said, they’re also only four points out of eighth place, so there’s plenty of time for the deck to be shuffled a few more times.

M. Richter

M. Richter

Associate Editor at Capitals Outsider
Em is a fan of hockey first and individual teams second, with geographical ties that cross the NHL. She was born in the Midwest, raised along the East Coast, and graduated from a university in Western Canada. A firm believer in context above all else, and a card-carrying on-ice official with USA Hockey, she splits her time between the big picture and the details. When not covering the AHL and ECHL for Caps Outsider, her photography can be found on Behance and Flickr. She also occasionally chimes in about the Hershey Bears on the Power Play Post Show.
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