B-Sens, Fans Optimistic about Year

By Michelle Costanza

October 26, 2012 Updated Oct 26, 2012 at 1:16 AM EST

Nichols, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Fans had a chance to meet the players on Thursday evening at a special event for the Binghamton Senators.

The second annual "Meet the B-Sens" casino night was held at Tioga Downs. This opportunity attracted an enthusiastic crowd from around the area, all of whom were excited to see the Senators get the hockey season underway.

Although the NHL lockout has many people disappointed, local hockey fans are finding the good in the situation.

"During a lockout, the NHL looses its fans, but obviously the semi-pro teams, it helps them. The fan base for hockey is still going to support the game in general, and hopefully the semi-pro teams are going to be able to sell a lot more tickets," said Russ Avery, of Endicott.

The Senators have a new coach this year, several new players and a positive mentality for a fresh start.

The casino night gave fans the chance to meet their favorite players and get autographs as well.

"It's good to meet some of the people that are yelling for you every weekend," said Corey Cowick, as he signed the back of a young fan's shirt. "So it's nice to put a face to some voices and get out in the community," he said.

As fans are getting excited for a promising 2012-ti2013 season, the B-Sens are heading to the ice with motivation and a posive outlook.