It was a great effort and a great win last night at the PPL Center as the Phantoms soundly defeated the Hershey Browns 6-4. They’ll need to keep their effort up, though, as they head North to face Binghamton–in a game that they should win, they cannot afford to blow it.
Around the division, Hershey heads home to face a difficult Toronto team which won in Scranton yesterday by coming back from a 3-0 deficit in the third period on three shorties–then winning in the shoot-out. The flightless birds lose another player to their parent club, and head up the pike to Syracuse to face a difficult Crunch team–all on the night before the break. This is a chance for the Phantoms to gain some ground–but remember they lost last time out in Bingo.
Quick roster note: Cam Reid, who played one game with the Phantoms, but who had been an important part of the Reading Royals this season, has been added to the Utica Comets. He was on an ECHL contract and was a “PTO” player for the Phantoms. Utica comes to Allentown February 13.
der Eishockezuschauer with another look-see at Bimmington:
“The head coach spoke upSaid, “Leave this team alone”He could tell right awayThat they were bad to the bone”–Inspired by George ThorogoodThe Binghamton Senators are far and away THE absolute worst club in the American Hockey League’s 15-team Eastern Conference, as evidenced by the paltry six wins from their first 25 games played thus far. To put things in proper perspective, the other fourteen teams in the Eastern Conference have all won at least eleven games to date so, in other words, everybody else has almost twice as many victories as the impotent B-Sens. What’s more, it is, in fact, the top farm club of the NHL’s Ottawa Senators who have the absolute worst defensive record of ALL thirty American Hockey League teams :.3.72 avg ….. 93 go – 25 ga … Binghamton Senators3.45 avg … 100 go – 29 ga … Texas Stars3.44 avg ….. 93 go – 27 ga … Rochester Americans3.33 avg … 100 go – 30 ga … Iowa Wild3.33 avg ….. 90 go – 27 ga … Springfield Falcons.If the Binghamton Senators do have one player who is worth paying attention to, it would have to be former Ohio State Buckeyes scoring star Ryan Dzingel, the 23-year-old native of Wheaton, Illinois, who was the 7th round pick (# 204 overall) of the Ottawa Senators at the 2011 NHL Draft. The six-foot, 196-pounder tied for the Ohio State scoring lead as a freshman and then paced the Buckeyes in points as both a sophomore and a junior before turning professional in the spring of 2013. Dzingel had respectable numbers (66 ga, 17 go, 34 pts, 50 pen, – 6 def) in his first full campaign as a pro last season and has already shown major signs of improvement for a bad B-Sens team this term..Dzingel’s record (25 ga, 6 go, 21 pts, 6 pen, + 3 pen) so far this season shows the former Ohio State forward has cut back his penalty minutes, boosted his plus/minus rating and upped his scoring production to nearly a point per game.