BINGHAMTON (WBNG) - After 15 years in the Southern Tier, the B-Sens played their final game as the home team at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena on Saturday night. Fan-favorite Casey Bailey scored the lone goal in the Binghamton Senators 4-1 loss to the Lehigh Valley Phantoms.
After 15 great years, fans are starting to pile into the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena for the Binghamton Senators final game.
The B-Sens will finish in last place in the AHL North Division, but tonight the team hopes to end their run in Binghamton on a high note against the Lehigh Valley Phantoms. The Phantoms are in the playoffs and are tied for the second-most points in the entire AHL. On top of that, the Phantoms and B-Sens have met five times so far this season and Lehigh Valley has won all five.
But the comeback against Syracuse last Friday, and the shootout victory in Rochester on Wednesday showed that the Senators still have some fight left as they close out their 15-year run in Binghamton.
"We haven't changed our approach at all," said head coach Kurt Kleinendorst. "There's something everyone can do every day, and that's their very best. It doesn't matter whether you're a hockey player or a high school athlete, or whether you are going to the office in the morning. It doesn't matter, we all know what our best is, and I just challenge my guys to find a way to overcome the frustrations, which when you're in our situation, there will be some, but we can all do our very best."
Now, as you know, just because the Senators are leaving, there will still be hockey in Binghamton next year. The New Jersey Devils AHL-affiliate will take the Senators place, relocating from Albany. But what exactly does that mean in terms of who is leaving the Southern Tier and who will still be around as part of the B-Devils? Executive Vice President of Operations, Tom Mitchell, explains:
"Basically the change is going to be what the fans will see on the ice. The players, the coaches. That end of the business, of course, is moving to Belleville, but our front office, I don't anticipate anything much different then what's here right now."
The Phantoms are in the playoffs and are tied for the second most points in the entire AHL.