Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) If the Binghamton Senators hope to advance to the second round of the playoffs, they'll have to beat two netminders who allowed the fewest goals in the league.
Jeff Zatkoff and Brad Thiessen won the Harry "Hap" Holmes Memorial Award for their performance this season. Zatkoff went 3-5 against the B-Sens this season, winning his last two starts. Thiessen went 1-1. The B-Sens feel they know the secret to beating the duo.
"Those two guys are going to be tough to score on," said Derek Grant. Hopefully, we can chase a couple out of them there early, just worry about us and pucks, a lot of pucks on net, drive the net hard. Probably not going to score a lot of pretty goals, we're going to have to get in the dirty areas to put them in."
"For us, we have big bodies up front who can skate," said coach Luke Richardson. "That is our gameplan to get to the front of the net as much as possible and make it difficult for the goalie to stop pucks, to see pucks and feel comfortable in his crease."
Robin Lehner dominated the Penguins this season, going 5-1-1. However, he's in the NHL and the net now belongs to Nathan Lawson or Marc Cheverie. Lawson was injured in his first start against the Penguins.
He lost his last two starts against the Penguins, one in a shootout. Even still, the team is confident with whomever is in goal.
"Goaltending is huge, especially in the playoffs. If you don't get goaltending, you're not going to go very far and we've got some good goaltending here and we rely on that," said Brett Lebda. "We may not be the team that gives up the least shots in the league but we know we can give up shots from the outside and shots that aren't supposed to go in, don't."
Coach Luke Richardson said he expects goalie Nathan Lawson to be back in goal for game one after he suffered a lower body injury last weekend.