Notching 39 goals in two wins over Niagara Falls last week, Melso and the Senators look more than prepared for their upcoming playoff series against those same Powerhawks. Melso was a key cog in the Senators’ machine-like offense over the weekend, logging 11 points in those two contests and going +14. With 1-3—4 on Saturday and 2-5—7 on Sunday, Melso put up his 11thand 12th games of the year with four or more points. In total, Melso ranked third in the NA3HL with 39-75—114 during the regular season.
The Binghamton Junior Senators had a dominating performance in their final Regular Season weekend against the Niagara Falls Powerhawks. Many highlights came from the final Regular Season weekend:
- Finished the season 41-6-0, ranked 2nd overall in the NA3HL
- Finished a commanding 22-0-0 at home on the season
- Mike Padgeon became the All-Time Franchise leading points player with 123 points.
- Jeff Zero finished as the #1 leading goaltender in the NA3HL in Goals Against Average.
- Padgeon, Eric Melso, and Greg Simmons all surpassed 100 points on the season.
- Padgeon and Simmons hit 50 Goals Scored.
- Melso hit 75 Assists.
- Thomas Sullivan and Jeff Zero finished third in the league in Goals Against.
- All 5 of our 1998s will be playing College Hockey, next season
- 1st Round of Playoffs begin next weekend and will keep everyone posted in our #QuestForTheFraserCup, which begins on Tuesday!
A tripleheader on the road against the pesky Skylands Kings awaited the Senators last week, but they came out comfortably on top with three wins, thanks in large part to the efforts of McArdle, who recorded seven points in the set of contests. On Friday, he scored once and assisted on two other goals to lead Binghamton to a 7-3 win. Saturday featured more of the same as McArdle snagged the game-winner and another assist in a 6-1 victory. Finally, on Sunday, the Kirkwood, MO native put up another two assists to inflate his season total to 20-22—42 in 34 matchups. McArdle currently boasts 4-7—11 on his five-game point streak.
The Binghamton Junior Senators swept the Skylands Kings on the road in a 3-game set. Eric Melso snagged his 100th point of the season and Seth McArdle led the way with 7 points during the weekend.
Binghamton 7 @ Skylands 3 – The Senators strengthened their hold on the Northeast Division with a 7-3 win over Skylands on Friday. Markus Cook scored twice, Mike Padgeon, Seth McArdle, Devin Hamm, Caden Dearborn and Eric Melso each scored once and Thomas Sullivan stopped 33 of 36 shots for Binghamton. The Kings received two goals from Trevor Christopher, as well as a single strike from Dylan Saccone and 53 saves from Josh Sears in net.
Binghamton 6 @ Skylands 1 – Six different skaters fueled a stout offensive showing for Binghamton as the Senators toppled the Kings 6-1 on the road. Kieran Horton, Seth McArdle, Mike Padgeon, Markus Cook, Greg Simmons and Rory Gresham each lit the lamp in front of an impressive 43 saves by Jeff Zero. For Skylands, Jake Cicalese tallied the only goal as Kavan Johnson faced a busy night in goal with 57 saves of his own.
Binghamton 5 @ Skylands 3 – The Senators broke open a 2-2 deadlock with a three-goal third period as they took down the Kings 5-3. Dinmukhamed Dzhangarashev bagged a hat-trick and Thomas Liebold struck twice to pace the Binghamton attack, while Trevor Christopher netted a pair and James Clark scored once for Skylands. Thomas Sullivan stopped 37 of 40 for the win, while Kavan Johnson faced down 57 shots for the Kings.
The Junior Senators have 2 games left in the regular season. They will face off this upcoming weekend against the Niagara Falls Powerhawks at home: Saturday night at 8pm and Sunday at noon. Both games will be at the Ice House Sports Complex in Binghamton. We hope to see you there!
The Binghamton Junior Senators are excited to announce that Captain Eric Melso has committed to play NCAA Division 3 Men’s Ice Hockey for Morrisville State.
Melso is in his second season with the Junior Senators. This season, he has 35 goals and 64 assists for 99 points. Good for 5th in the NA3HL and 2nd on the team. He centers both the first line and first power-play unit for the squad, as well.
“Morrisville State is getting a quality, solid hockey player. A gritty, tough noised player who gives it his all for his teammates. Eric leads by example on and off the ice and has been a great captain for a mostly younger team, this season. We can’t wait to follow Eric at Morrisville where he will be a go-to player from year one, we know it,” Head Coach, Anthony Langevin, was quoted saying.
Congratulations to Eric and his Family, and good luck to the Mustangs next season!
The Binghamton Junior Senators are thrilled to announce that Markus Cook has signed a tender agreement with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights in the North American Hockey League (NAHL).
Cook is in his first season with the Junior Senators and is currently 13th in the NA3HL in scoring with 35 goals and 46 assists, for 81 points.
“Markus is a kid who goes to the weight room and rink everyday and works his tail off. He has led my example all year long on the ice and has had a great season with us. He is one of the hardest workers that I have ever coached and I am thrilled for this opportunity for him,” Head Coach, Anthony Langevin, was quoted saying.
Cook will head to the Knights at the end of the Junior Senators’ season, which will hopefully be after the National Championship game in Chicago, Illinois at the end of March. Congratulations to Markus and his Family on the incredible accomplishment and go Knights!
Oswego 2 @ Binghamton 7 – Down 2-0 entering the final 20, the Senators rattled off seven straight strikes to knock off the Stampede 7-2 at home. Joey Gallo and Nick Snyder put Oswego ahead in the middle frame, but a Binghamton resurgence in the form of an Eric Melso hat-trick, two goals from Greg Simmons and individual goals from Adam Morgan and Seth McArdle stole the win. Jeff Zero stopped 22 for the Senators’ victory, outdueling Manny Legace with 54 saves for the Stampede.
Oswego 2 @ Binghamton 8 – Greg Simmons had a hat-trick to lead the Junior Sens to an 8-2 win over the visiting Stampede. Eric Melso scored twice for Binghamton in the win and Liam Murphy, Seth McArdle, and Dinmukhamed Dzhangarashev also had a goal in the win. Oswego goals came from Joey Gallo and Adam Louise. Casey Boone made 18 saves in the win, while Ben White made 51 saves in the loss.
The Junior Senators grab wins number 35 and 36 on the season to move to 36-6-0. They are off next weekend but will return to action March 1-3 in Stockholm, NJ against divisional opponent, Skylands Kings.
Skylands 3 @ Binghamton 10 – Mike Padgeon and Zach Bell netted twice apiece as the Senators breezed past the Kings 10-3. Also finding twine for Binghamton were Liam Murphy, Markus Cook, Greg Simmons, Thomas Liebold, Deviin Hamm and Adam Morgan. James Clarke, Jake Cicalese and Zach Burkhart provided the Skylands goals in front of a shared 45-save showing by Kavan Johnson and Josh Sears in goal. Jonathan Rapp took the win in the Senators’ cage with 28 stops.
Skylands 2 @ Binghamton 5 – Thomas Sullivan stonewalled 25 shots and Thomas Liebold potted a pair of goals to guide the Senators to a 5-2 win over the Kings on Saturday. Mike Padgeon, Greg Simmons and Dinmukhamed Dzhangarashev also lit the lamp for the hosts, while Jake Lissy and Dylan Dinzik netted for Skylands. Kavan Johnson played well in the Kings’ crease, turning aside 43 shots in the contest.
The Junior Senators improve to 34-6-0 on the season and will face off against the 2nd place Oswego Stampede this upcoming weekend. 8pm Friday night and 12pm Sunday afternoon game times. The team hopes to see you as they look to #DefendTheHouse this upcoming weekend against the rival Stampede!
Padgeon may have seen his league scoring lead vanish in January, but still boasted a stout 24 points in just seven games during the month. Averaging over a goal per game, Padgeon found the scoresheet in each of his seven outings, posting a stout five points in four of those and hat-tricks in two. Padgeon’s shining moments came at the end of the month in a pair of tense tilts against Northeast, during which the forward bagged back-to-back game-winning goals as part of a six-point outburst across the weekend. Including an assist in his first matchup of February, Padgeon has now logged 41-54—95 in 38 games this season, good for second among NA3HL skaters, with his seven GWGs sliding up into second place as well.
Binghamton took on Oswego in back-to-back matchups last week, with the Senators taking wins in both by a combined 14-1. Bell factored in on half of those goals with one goal and six assists, marking his second and third straight games with three or more points. On Friday, he set up three tallies in a 5-0 win before adding a goal and three more helpers during the Senators’ 9-1 romp. Binghamton’s fifth-ranked scorer now boasts 29-43—72 in just 31 games this year, good for 16th among NA3HL skaters.