Wiercioch, Benoit back to Bingo

The Ottawa Senators chase for a playoff spot disappeared a long time ago, but the Binghamton Senators are still fighting to make the AHL post-season.

Accordingly, defenceman Patrick Wiercioch and Andre Benoit both went from the Battle of Ontario directly to a Battle of New York — of sorts — Sunday, sent down to play against the Albany Devils Sunday afternoon.

It has been a particularly intriguing season for Wiercioch, who admits tasting his share of humble pie in his first pro season, including being a healthy scratch early in the season with Binghamton.

“It was tough start, but I just had to bounce back,” said Wiercioch, who has registered one assist in his seven games with the NHL’s Senators. “You have to work hard on your own and realize that working with people, some people get off track, some don’t. Looking at a guy like (left wing prospect) Colin Greening, he was doing it day in and day out.  He’s a great example to model yourself off the ice, to really help you get to the next step.”

Senators coach Cory Clouston suggests that Wiercioch’s offensive oriented game may be more suited for the NHL than the AHL because the play is more unpredictable and scrambly in the minors.

“He is playing as well or better here than he was in Binghamton,” Clouston said Saturday, before Wiercioch was re-assigned to the minors. “That’s maybe the sign of a player who needs to play with better players. We think he’s going to be a good player for us down the road.”

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