BINGHAMTON, NY -- The Binghamton Jr. Senators are scoring goals at a clip no other team in the NA3HL has been able to touch this season, averaging 9.4 goals per game en route to a 6-1-0 September. The crazy fact about that number? It was even higher before the Jr. Senators, playing three games in three daysThat number had been even higher until the Senators split a pair of low-scoring contests with the New England Stars to close out the month.
Still, the offensive production has Jr. Senators Head Coach Anthony Langevin highly encouraged for his team’s chances moving forward.
“We knew we had a pretty good team coming out of camp, but we didn’t know the magnitude of our scoring depth,” said Langevin. “We have gotten regular scoring from all four of our lines. Our early games, we had between nine and 11 goal scorers a night. My hope is we can keep it going for the next few months.”
The Jr. Senators may need to keep their offense clicking for the near future as their young defense corps begins to find their way playing at this level. This year, half of the Jr. Senators’ defensemen are first year, 2002-birth year players. While they’re without a doubt talented, they still need time to come together and learn how to play in the NA3HL.
“We have a younger group of defensemen than in years past, but with our offense playing like it has, we’ve been afforded time early on to help them grow into their roles,” said Langevin. “Our goalies, Sullivan and Cero are both playing well behind those defensemen. We’re hoping that the older guys on the team will help lead and develop these young guys as the season goes on, which will in turn make our team tough to beat.”
Leading the way for the Jr. Senators is Eric Melso who’s 21 points and 3.5 point per game average are both tops in the NA3HL. Eight of his 21 points have come from goals, a number that is matched by linemate Mike Padgeon, who ranks second on the team, and third in the NA3HL, in scoring with 18 points.
“Melso and Padgeon’s line has been what we thought they could be so far,” said Langevin. “Our biggest contribution has been from our second and third lines. The offense is firing on all cylinders right now. If the defense matures, we’ll be tough to stop moving forward.”