A TALE OF TWO SEASONS

Following the 2015-16 season, the Wilkes Barre Miners rebranded and renamed, becoming the Binghamton Jr Senators for 2016-17.  The team also made the move from the NA3EHL to the NA3HL

The off-season moves have proven positive for the Senators, who last season at this time had a 3-22-0 (.120) record and ranked 156th of 165 Tier 3 Junior Hockey teams in win percent.  Currently the Senators hold a 28-1-1 record (.950) and rank 5th among 162 Tier 3 Junior Hockey teams in win percent.

The Senators are on a 6 game win streak after suffering their first regulation loss on November 19, 2016 to the Jersey Shore Wildcats.   Prior to that the team went 22 games without a loss.

The Senators hold a 65.1% Power Play, the best in all Tier 3, logging 54 goals in 83 attempts.  Last season the Miners held a 9.46 power play, the third worst in Tier 3.  

The teams success is due in part to rostering 5 of the top 10 points leaders among over 3000 Tier 3 Junior Hockey players.

With 77 points, Forward Conor Landrigan ranks 5th among all Tier 3 skaters.  Landrigan played 23 games last season with the Miners where he averaged nearly 2 points per game.  The Pennsylvania native earned a point in 26 of 28 games this season including 20 multi point efforts, 3 hat tricks and a 9 point game on December 3, 2016.  The 9 points made him one of 5 Tier 3 Junior Hockey players to earn 9 or more points in a single game as well as one of 6 players to earn 6 or more assists in a game.  (view more player achievements)

With 76 points, Forward Dominik Bogdziul ranks 6th among all Tier 3 skaters.  On an 8 game point streak, Bogdzuil earned points in 24 of 26 games played including 19 multi point efforts, 5 hat tricks and remains one of 9 players to score 5 or more goals in a single game. (and he did it twice) Bogdzuil played his 2015-16 campaign with the Rochester Ice Hawks and currently is representing his home country of Lithuania at the World Junior Championships.

With 67 points, Tyler Uravage ranks 8th among all Tier 3 skaters.  In his first season with the Senators, the 6’1 185lb Forward is currently averaging over 2 points per game through 30 games with the Senators, registering a point in 27 contests.  With 4 game winners, Uravage has contributed to over 34% of the Senators season goals.

With 65 points, Jeremy Wilber currently ranks 9th among all Tier 3 skaters.  A native of New York, Wilber returned to the Tier 3 level following two seasons of U18 play.  The 5’11 210lb skater has a plus minus of +37, 4 game winners and has contributed to over 33% of all Senators goals.

With 63 points, Ryan Reifler currently ranks 10th among all Tier 3 skaters and recently signed a tender with the Aberdeen Wings, becoming the first Binghamton player to sign an NAHL tender.

Solid Goaltending from both Sal Lauretta (17-0) and Steven Schmitt (11-1-1) has kept the team in the win column in all but two games this season.  Lauretta has more wins than all but 2 Goaltenders this season and has the most wins of any undefeated Goalie.  Schmitt ranks 5th among over 200 Tier 3 Goaltenders with over 500 minutes with a .947 save percent and 14th with a 1.67gaa.  Lauretta ranks 17th (.938) and 28th (1.88).

The Senators will return January 6th and 7th in a two game series against the Pittsburgh Vengeance.

Courtesy: http://www.tier3juniorhockey.com/news/a-tale-of-two-seasons