Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton)
The Binghamton Senators have moved past their hard fought first round win against Manchester in the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs.
Now, the attention is set on the Portland Pirates.
In this week's Action Sports Spotlight, sports reporter Gabe Osterhout has a preview of the series, and tells us how the B-Sens are preparing.
"We're coming off the high of winning the first series now and it's back to business as usual."
Business as usual means taking it one game at a time for the Binghamton Senators who are now thinking only of game one of the 2011 Atlantic Division Finals.
After playing the same team 7 games in a row, it's on to a new opponent, and a new set of challenges.
Coach Kurt Kleinendorst says, "They've got some very seasoned guys that aren't necessarily fast and quick. They've got some little guys that scoot around and play tenacious so I think it'll be a nice new challenge for us."
Kleinendorst says he will ride his hot goaltender into the series, 19 year old Robin Lehner.
Lehner helped the B-Sens win the last three games of the Manchester series.
And he beat Portland earlier this year.
Goalie Robin Lehner says, "I know a couple of guys are up in the playoffs with Buffalo, that's the most I know about them. We don't play them very much so it's going to be a good task for us and it's going to be a challenge."
Offensively, the B-Sens may be getting leading scorer Corey Locke back from injury.
He didn't play in the first round.
And the team will be lead by Ryan Potulny, who tallied 8 goals and 6 assists in the first round, to lead the AHL in points.
He credits his line mates Colin Greening and Ryan Keller for his success.
Potulny says, "Greener gets in there and gets on the puck, uses his big body and Kells is a skilled player and he makes plays."
The B-Sens are hoping the experience they gained by coming back in the first round series will help them as they move deeper into the Calder Cup Playoffs.
For this week's Action Sports spotlight, I'm Gabe Osterhout.