Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The Binghamton Senators looked very impressive in their opening win against Wilkes Barre/Scranton.
And one thing fans noticed is the physical play.
In this week's Action Sports spotlight, we look at one guy who makes his presence known on the ice, defensman Mark Borowiecki.
Boro has transformed his game heading into the season.
Last year, he was an all-star in the AHL.
But this year, he's become more an all around force.
Coach Luke Richardson says he can be on the ice in any situation.
And other teams are starting to take notice.
"I'd pay attention if he was on the ice, that's for sure. He's a dangerous guy to the opponent and in a smaller building like this, he can close. He's a good skater too, he's not just physical so that makes him even more dangerous when he can close a gap very quickly on somebody if they have their head down and he is a bull out there," says Richardson.
"He's one of the most professional guys I've played with. He always does the little things. He practices very hard, he's a very hard worker and he's very tough. He's strong and he won't back down so...he's a good fighter and a very solid D that will hit you in the corner so he's a nice guy to have on the team," says goalie Robin Lehner.
It seems as though Boro's physical play is a calling card for this year's team.
Some of the European players, normally known for being finesse players, are playing a more physical game, which may suit Richardson's style.