Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It is not win or go home, but it is win or your back is against the wall. As B-Sens coach Luke Richardson said on Saturday night, it is a three-game series now. The biggest focus is now on Wednesday night's game in Wilkes-Barre, PA.
After coming back from a 1-0 series deficit and being down 3-1 in the second period of Game 2, the B-Sens are hoping to be playing Friday with a series lead instead of being in an elimination game.
"First one is big, you don't want to go down in the series again," said Mark Stone, who has four points in the series. "It is not easy to comeback, especially in two do-or-die games. It's important for us to go down there and have a solid game tomorrow night."
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"It's huge, if we get this one than it's do-or-die for them two games or maybe just one," said Corey Cowick. "We want to put their backs against the wall in their barn on Friday. This game is huge, it's the biggest game of the series for sure."
O'Brien 'feels good' back on the ice
One change in Game 3 could be the addition of forward Jim O'Brien. He has missed the last 15 regular season games and both playoff games this series.
However, he's practiced with the team both Monday and Tuesday. He said he's ready to go for Wednesday's game.
"It feels good. You get bored just sitting around watching practice, watching the games," O'Brien said after practice on Tuesday. "So it's good to kind of get back in the swing of things."
"We definitely could use his experience, his size and his shot in this series," said Richardson on Tuesday. "If he feels as good tomorrow as he did today, he'll probably be in there tomorrow night."
In other injury news, Matt Puempel will be a game-time decision for Game 3. Puempel skated by himself of Monday, and then took part in practice on Tuesday. He missed Saturday's game after taking a couple hard hits on Friday night.
Game 3 of the five-game series is Wednesday night at 7:05 in Wilkes-Barre. The fourth game of the series is on Friday night, also at Mohegan Sun Arena.