Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The night before Friday's Calder Cup Playoff opener is exciting for the entire Binghamton Senators team, but there is one player a little more restless to get back on the ice.
B-Sens captain Mark Borowiecki has missed the last seven games, but he has practice all week and is expected to be back in the lineup on Friday.
Having him back in the locker room and on the ice is a big boost for the B-Sens, especially in the type of series they're expecting from Wilkes-Barre.
"He's a presence. Not just on the ice, but in the dressing room already," said coach Luke Richardson. "He's in the weight room, you can hear him, you can feel him. He's just the leader of the team. He's a competitor. So a series like this, I'm sure Wilkes-Barre is not happy that he's back, but we're very happy that he's back."
"It kind of sucked being out of commission there for important games, like that last one against Wilkes," said Borowiecki earlier this week. "You kind of get anxious, so it's nice to be back with the guys and back working."
With or without Boro, the B-Sens have yet to lose at home against the Penguins this season. Binghamton is 4-0 at the Arena against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
The puck drops for game one at 7:05 on Friday night.