Binghamton Preview: Burgers, Beer, and Bell Hall

As you know if you’ve been following along this season, Bell Hall has quickly become one of our favorite places to grab a bite to eat and a cold beverage (or four) prior to game.  It’s also a good stop for a burger after the game or even on a non-game night!  der Eishockeyzuschauer paid a visit the other day in preparation for this report on tonight’s game in the Triple Cities region of New York:

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binghamton senators

der Eishockeyzuschauer

ALLENTOWN, Pa

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“Got a monkey on my back.
A playoff monkey on my back, back, back.
Gotta change my ways tonight …. “
      –From Led Zeppelin “Nobody’s Fault But Mine”

Considering the fact that the Lehigh Valley Phantoms have already lost both of their two previous games against the Binghamton Senators, easily THE worst team in the entire 15-team Eastern Conference with a .357 percentage of all possible points taken at present, it only stands to reason that something rather more from the Hamilton Street Heroes is needed post haste. Surely, this philosophy must permeate not only the playing squad but the entire fan base, as well. So then, it was decided that the blog scouting staff should probably go the extra mile to seek out that vital inside information, if that is what it’s really gonna take finally defeat those dastardly B-Sens.

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Bell Hall, the new downtown establishment just down the street from the PPL Center and right next door to the historic Zion’s Reformed United Church of Christ, the place where the iconic national symbol known as the Liberty Bell was hidden from the British Army occupying Philadelphia during the American Revolutionary War, beings with the same letter of the alphabet as the Binghamton Senators, so it certainly seemed to be the best place to start.
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Knowing that Ryan Dzingel, the second-year pro from Ohio State University who is tied for the team leading in scoring this season with 22 points (eleven goals) in 28 AHL games, was just sent back down by the NHL’s Ottawa Senators only a few days  before Christmas, I asked Mike the bartender what he thought of Binghamton. “Who?” he said without batting an eyelash. “I’m sorry, sir. Can I get you another drink?”
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Okay, it is a fact of life that sometimes, if you really want to know what is actually going on, then you better have some friends in upper management. So I asked P.J. if he thought the other day’s promotion of Max McCormick, yet another second-year pro from Ohio State University who has scored seven goals in 22 AHL games for the B-Sens this season, would have an adverse impact on the offense of Binghamton.”Isn’t that north of Scranton?” he replied.
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Well, it is true that women can actually be some of the most astute and informed ice hockey fans to be found anywhere in the world. So I asked Sam, one of the lovely young ladies who works at Bell Hall, if she was particularly impressed by either of the Binghamton Senators’ two young and inexperienced netminders, second-year pro Chris Driedger (12 ga, 3.02 avg, .906 svpct) or Boston University product Matt O’Connor (14 ga, 3.53 avg, .881 svpct). “No,” she said with the prettiest of smiles.
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Wow. Sam is really cute. One thing I can report with certainty is that I’m glad I’m not a Binghamton Senators goaltender.


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