I’m still not sure I’ve come down from the win last night…. and I wasn’t there, and certainly wasn’t an actual part of the team playing in Wilkes-Barre. What the Checkers did this series AND Last is just phenomenal. They overcame the back-to-back Calder Cup Champions in the first round, and then in the second, defeated the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, a team many believed would be the one to go all the way. The Checkers had a great year in Charlotte, but the Pens had 20 more points in the final standings, the goalie of the year, and coach of the year. On paper, they should have been nearly unstoppable. I could write a formal write up of the game, but I think I’ll leave my “documentation” to the cheesy liveblog my friends and I wrote during the game, though I will say one more time. CHRIS TERRY WAS TERRYIFFIC! Can we please get this term written into Checkers terminology?
So here we are, in our inaugural season in Charlotte, heading into the third round of the AHL playoffs, a round that will determine the Eastern conference champions, and who will go on to battle for the ultimate AHL trophy, the Calder Cup. It’s pretty incredible, and I can’t wait to see it unfold, and cheer our team all the way to the finish.
I’ve got a busy week ahead of me between work and family stuff, but I’m planning to go to practice a couple of times, and I’m going to write something more “formal” in the way of stats and a comparison of the Sens and Checkers, but wanted to get a few things down right now off the top of my head.
Binghamton Senators Fast Facts:
- Like the Checkers, Binghamton are in the East division of the East conference. The finished fifth in our division, but earned a “transfer” spot to the Atlantic conference by finishing ahead of their fourth seed.
- The Senators finished the season with 92 points (compared to the Checkers 97 points)
- In eight games verses Binghamton, the Checkers had a record of 4-3-1.
- Like the Checkers, Binghamton had to defeat the first and second seeds in their playoff division to make it to the Conference finals.
- Binghamton Senators Official Webpage
- Binghamton Senators on Twitter: @BSens_Hockey
- The Senators are fortunate to have a beat writer named Joy Lindsay who covers them in their local paper: Joy Lindsay’s blog
- Binghamton Senators coverage in the Press & Connect
- Joy Lindsay on Twitter: @PSBJoyOnTheSens
- Don Rieber covers the Sens in the Binghamton Examiner
- Don Rieber on Twitter: @BSensExaminer
- Derek Grant, Sens Forward on Twitter: @DGrant27