Players weigh-in on B-Sens-Penguins rivalry

By Travis Eldridge

April 22, 2014 Updated Apr 22, 2014 at 11:58 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) After a 76-game regular season, the Binghamton Senators and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins find themselves right where they were last year. The difference is since that three-game playoff sweep by the Penguins, this rivalry has only grown.

Last Friday, it may have come to a head. With the division title and home-ice advantage on the line, the B-Sens held off a furious rush to win 5-4.

After eight meetings this season, there's just something between these two teams that makes it quite a rivalry to watch.

"They're so close to us and we play them so many times a year. You know we've played them quite a bit over the last couple of weeks and I think once you play a team so many times you build up that rivalry and that hatred for each other almost," said Matt Puempel. "I think both teams enjoy it and are looking forward to it."

"We always have tight games whether it's 5-4 or 2-1 or 1-0," said B-Sens captain Mark Borowiecki. "It always seems like we're right there with each other and obviously going down 0-3 to them last year kind of stung a little bit and it's nice to get a second chance here."

The B-Sens and Penguins open the series on Friday in Binghamton, and then game two follows on Saturday. Both of those are set to start at 7:05 p.m.

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