Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It was a season that saw the Binghamton Senators tie a franchise record with a 9 game win streak, and vault to the top of the A-H-L in points. But the season ended much sooner than expected. In this week's Action Sports spotlight, Travis Eldridge looks back at the season that was unlike most others.
The key word for this season for the B-Sens was opportunity.
"You've got to take advantage when guys get opportunities and I think guys took advantage of the opportunities they got," says forward David Dziurzynski.
The N-H-L Lockout created that unique dynamic...pushing the A-H-L and its players to be even better than before.
In the one-of-a-kind season, Binghamton thrived...battling for first place in the Division and Conference from Day 1.
"I think Benoit, myself and a couple of the older guys weren't really sure quite how good we were going to be. But I think that's what was great about having Luke. We all were just kind of going about our business and we obviously has success, and just kind of ran with it," says forward Hugh Jessiman.
Behind that relatively new team was a brand new coach. Luke Richardson began his coaching journey with the B-Sens, and players credit him from the beginning for pushing to team to the top.
"He's not far removed from playing, and he can probably beat half these guys at fitness testing. He definitely demands that respect and I think he gets the best out of all his players. I think he's a huge difference from last year to this year," says forward Corey Cowick.
Just like the player's, Richardson had an opportunity in front of him as well.
And like the defensemen he mentored, and skating he taught...he learned with every pass of the puck.
"I learned just as much from them this year, being around this game for so many years, hopefully that I gave them. It was a great year for me and it was more than I even expected. I was expected coming in and now I'm even more excited to comeback next year," says Richardson.
The season's abrupt ending probably doesn't measure just how successful the B-Sens were in 2012-13.
"We're not happy with the finish, but it just makes us hungrier for next year," says captain Mark Borowiecki.
But now comes the team's next opportunity.....the chance to comeback even better next season.
In Binghamton, Travis Eldridge, WBNG T-V Action Sports.