Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
After 3 exhibition games, the puck drops on the REAL AHL season at the end of the week.
Tuesday the Binghamton Senators hosted it's first practice at home at the Broome County Veterans Memorial arena.
Coach Kurt Kleinendorst called it a typical first day, with lots of skating and shooting.
The team also worked on some of it's system.
Players say they were happy to get out on the ice.
And they know there's plenty of work to be done before the season opens on Friday.
Coach Kurt Kleinendorst says, "I'm not a nervous kind of guy but I think some of the younger kids, you could kind of see it in their practice early, they were a little bit of thumping the puck but I think once we got into it and things got going, everyone looked comfortable to me."
Ryan Keller added, "First day was good. It was a learning experience for everybody ya know...nobody I don't think has any background with the coaches so from that standpoint, to systems, to everything. It's everyone getting to know each other. I think we had a lot of fun out there and guys seem to be gelling quickly."
The team needs to gel quickly.
It only has a few practices before opening Friday night at home against Adirondack.