Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Binghamton Senators controlled the season series with the Wilkes Barre/Scranton Penguins, going 6-2-0-2. But taking a closer look at the stats, and you'll see it was much closer than that.
In 10 games, the B-Sens scored 26 goals for an average of 2.6 per game, while the Penguins scored 19 goals, for an average of 1.9 per game. A difference of less than a goal per game.
"They have a lot of small speedy guys up front, a few of them anyway," said Mark Borowiecki. "They've got a good mix. They've got some bigger guys too so I think it's just going to be committing to team defense for us."
The Penguins offense scored 185 goals, that was third fewest in the league. They were led by Chad Kolarik and his 31 goals. 3 other players scored at least 20 goals for the Penguins, whose offense got a boost late in the season when they acquired Derek Nesbitt. Nesbitt scored 26 goals while playing most of the season with Peoria.
"Those are two key guys we'll key on but up and down their lineup they're skilled and they've got some toughness and they match up well with us but at the same time, we're not really worried about them a lot," said Brett Lebda. "We're going to take care of our own things and hopefully good games come out of that."
The B-Sens on the other hand scored 227 goals, 10th most in the league. And while they didn't have a 20 goal scorer, their offense was led by a balanced attack. 11 players scored 10 plus goals, led by Derek Grant who scored 19.
"We've got half our team up there in scoring so it's nice," said Grant.
"You're not depending on the same line every night. It makes things a lot harder for other teams to shut down lines. They never know who it's going to be, who is going to be hot that night or who to cover. When we have all guys contributing, it really makes things tough."
The B-Sens know this will be a tough series, especially playing against the team that allowed the fewest goals in the league. But they feel they have enough fire power on offense to score enough to be able to advance to the second round of the playoffs.