It's a rare treat to get a Friday off in the AHL.
But in the life of the Binghamton Senators it's just another day in a string of days until the season is finally over.
Their frustration level was obvious in their last game when mild-mannered coach Kurt Kleinendorst got a 2-minute penalty for misconduct, then was kicked out of the game and then was suspended for another.
Next up is a match with Syracuse, a team battling for playoff position.
But the prospect of spoiling their playoff hopes doesn't seem to motivate the team.
" You can say you can be spoiler, but I think that's overrated. I don't hear a lot of that in the locker room and I'm not going to bring it up. I don't work that way, I just want to go out and play the game."
" It's been a frustrating year for everybody. There's been injuries and all sorts of THINGS that happen around the locker rook unfortunately. It's been tough for everybody, myself included and Stirls, and ownership. Nobody wants to lose. Everyone is competitive at this level."
Saturday's game with Syracuse is at the Veteran's Memorial Arena at 7:05.
Kleinendorst will hand over the reigns to assistant Steve Sterling while he serves his 1-game suspension.