Hammond learns the ropes with the B-Sens; O'Brien misses practice

By Travis Eldridge

October 29, 2013 Updated Oct 29, 2013 at 6:42 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It was one of the more frustrating losses for the B-Sens. After handing Wilkes-Barre/Scranton its first loss of the year, Binghamton followed it up with a 3-1 defeat by Adirondack Saturday. A game coach Luke Richardson calls a great lesson.

One of the guys looking to learn more every day is the starter of that game, back-up goalie Andrew Hammond. In his just over seven periods of play in his first AHL season, he's given up 13 goals.

However, Richardson blames a lot of them on the play in front of him, and Hammond says he's feeling more comfortable every day.

"It's a new level for me. I feel like every game I'm feeling better, every practice I'm getting better and that's all I can really ask of myself right now," Hammond said. "I'm starting to really feel like I'm getting a grasp on things at this level, so I'm just really looking forward to the next game I can get into."

"We haven't done a good job of giving him a lot of support, but he's staying calm, he's trying to stay with it," said Richardson. "I think that experience, just in his age alone and playing four years of college has helped him. You know, he's a great goalie, we're lucky to have him."

Richardson didn't say if Hammond will start in either of the B-Sens two games this weekend.

O'Brien still not practicing

Jim O'Brien was not on the ice during Tuesday's practice, missing out for the second straight day. Richardson said afterwards, he expects O'Brien to be back practicing later this week and hopefully play the weekend.

Mark Stone, who has missed the last several weeks with an upper-body injury, is back practicing with the team without contact this week. According to Richardson, the plan is to introduce contact next week in the hope that he can play the following weekend when the team has two games against Rochester.

Lastly, Andre Petersson's injury is taking longer to heal than expected, but the team believes he could be back on the ice in the next couple of days.