Binghamton on a roll, winning games and filling the net

Consistency hasn’t been a problem on the farm.

Consistency hasn’t been a problem on the farm.

The Binghamton Senators, who lead the American Hockey League in goals scored per game, have now won eight of their past nine games.

The success is being led by a group of players – Mike Hoffman, Stephane Da Costa, Jean-Gabriel Pageau and Mark Stone – who have all had a small taste of the big leagues. Da Costa and Pageau began the season in Ottawa, but have since been replaced by Mika Zibanejad and Derek Grant.

Hoffman ranks third in the AHL in scoring, with 10 goals and 14 assists in 18 games. Da Costa has six goals and 13 assists in 15 games. Pageau has five goals and nine assists in 14 games. Stone, recovering from an early-season shoulder injury, has four goals and four assists in nine games.

Binghamton coach Luke Richardson says the leadership is not all about offence, either.

“They’ve all been really mature about (being here),” Richardson said. “They’re not happy being here, but it’s not something where they’re dragging their butts around. Sometimes, it gets frustrating for talented (offensive) guys to play a team system. At the end of games, I’m asking them to take on bigger roles defensively, doing the right things, chipping the puck in, chipping it out.”

Meanwhile, defenceman Cody Ceci, has been an offensive catalyst from the blue line, registering two goals and 13 assists in 18 games. Goaltender Nathan Lawson is 8-2-0, with a 2.51 goals against average and .928 save percentage.

In short, they’re doing a lot of things right to get noticed by Senators general manager Bryan Murray, but the big-league team is at a roster maximum of 23 players.

 

Tags: , , , , ,

What do you think? Leave a comment