Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A frustrating Saturday night left the Binghamton Senators with more questions than answers at the goalie position. After Nathan Lawson surrendered six goals in his first start in the last 13 games, Andrew Hammond got the start and won on Sunday. That was a win that pushed the team back into a tie for first place in the division.
Now there is the question, will there be a goalie controversy for the B-Sens heading into the playoffs?
Lawson's only start on the weekend was a 6-3 loss to Norfolk, where Binghamton fell apart in the third period. It added to an already frustrating last month for Lawson, which has been filled with injuries and roster moves.
Coach Luke Richardson admits, he's still working back into form, and believes he'll get better throughout the last six games.
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"To know exactly where he's at is hard to know because I don't think we played our best game in front of him," said Richardson. "I think he said he really felt a little bit of fatigue at the end of the game, so trying to get him some reps now. We had a real good upbeat practice with a lot of shots [Wednesday], so he can get that vision going on the rush and get back into top form."
The problem is with just six games left, there's not a lot of time for Lawson to return to mid-season form. Especially because back-up Andrew Hammond has won three of his last four starts, and has been consistent for the B-Sens during the second half of the season.
"It's getting close to that time of year where you're going to have to get a goalie solidified for the playoffs, but right now they both deserve a chance," said Richardson. "You know, Nathan for how he started the year and his experience, and Hammond for how he's come on the second half of the year and pulled us through some tough spells when we had a lot of injuries, not only to Nathan but to our defensive core. We've got to make sure we give them both the opportunity to show us their best and let the chips fall where they may."
The next opportunity for one of them to shine is on Friday as Hershey comes to town. The B-Sens then hit the road for Saturday and Sunday with trips to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Hershey.