Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
The great first half has B-Sens fans thinking about the potential of another deep run in the
"I think everything is going well," said Robin Lehner. "Everybody has confidence, we're playing a little bit more patient and we're having fun. Last year, I can talk for myself, I wasn't having any fun. It was not a great atmosphere. This year is awesome and we play happy and we play better."
Last season the B-Sens took hard hits early and injuries kept top players out of action. This team's stayed relatively healthy and started strong. Players, like Andre Benoit and Mark Borowiecki mentored some of the younger players before they moved up to Ottawa.
"There's an abundance of skill that come out this year that really packed us as an organization but we benefited at the beginning of the year with the lockout and that really got us off to a good start, established a real good base as a team and an identity as a team," said head coach Luke Richardson.
That identity is of a hard working, blue collar team. Not made up of of just a few stars but lots of players who work well together. Last year, the B-Sens blew several leads in the 3rd period, but this team's teamwork has led to several hard fought victories.
"Guys are just playing with each other," said Eric Gryba. "There's no individuals right now. Everyone's using each other. We're feeding off each other's energy and work ethic. Practices are fast paced, hard working and really setting the tone for games."
There's still plenty of hockey left in the season. If the B-Sens want to get to the playoffs, and possibly back to the Calder Cup finals, they have to continue doing what they're doing...together.