B-Sens Hope Experience Pays Off

By wbng sports

October 4, 2011 Updated Oct 4, 2011 at 11:00 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton)

The Binghamton Senators are clearly saving their best for the games that matter, because last night they concluded their preseason with another loss.
And there is a lot lost from last year's Calder Cup championship team.
But not everything.
In this week's action sports spotlight we take a look at this year's team ready to defend a title.

" I know that we have a banner to raise but after that, honestly, teams are like kids. You can have 5 of them and they're all different."

Fans of Binghamton hockey have been waiting for a championship since they first dropped the puck at the Arena in the 1970's.
But they certainly would welcome another.
And there is talent back inside the home barn, despite the defections you've heard about.
Regular season MVP Corey Locke and playoff MVP Robin Lehner anchor both ends of the ice for a team that truly believes they've improved since a season ago.

Goalie Robin Lehner says, " I think the experience we got last season. We all got to prove ourselves. And now I think the crowds will help a lot more than last year."

Kaspars Daugavins says, " I want to continue with the games like at the end of last year and hopefully that will get me out of here. To Ottawa. That's the main plan."
More than the toughness and the skills learned in an extra year, coach Kurt Kleinendorst believes the experience can only boost the confidence of those players who are back to see a championship banner raised Friday night.

Coach Kurt Kleinendorst says, " With camp, part of what made it enjoyable was how far some guys came. I believe the playoffs was a big part of it. Last year we got the experience and that reinforced what I already thought."
{[Notes:outcue: reinforced what I already thought]}