Richardson looks to build on his first year with the B-Sens

By Travis Eldridge

October 2, 2013 Updated Oct 2, 2013 at 10:51 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) It has been a handful of months since the Binghamton Senators were swept out of the Calder Cup Playoffs by Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, but this weekend that memory can finally be erased.

Binghamton opens the season Saturday at the Arena, as second-year coach Luke Richardson looks to build on his first year behind the bench.

Year one couldn't have been much better, with the exception of how it ended. The loss obviously stuck in the minds of members of the team returning to Binghamton, but Richardson is happy his players had the chance to experience that playoff run.

"First year went really well as a whole for the team. You know we would have liked a better fate in the playoffs, but we were right there competing every night with a good team," said Richardson at the team's media day on Wednesday. "I think this year with a little with a little more resiliency at the end, we'd like to go a little further."

"I think in pro hockey it's important to have a short-term memory, but when it's that last bit before summer that stings for a while," said captain Mark Borowiecki. "It's going to be good to kind of put that away and get out here and get off to a strong start."

The B-Sens have a couple of weeks before matching up with the Penguins. Their first encounter with the team who knocked them out of the playoffs comes on October 25 at home.