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Sunday, June 5, 2011

Some Game Five Photos and Additional Notes

For those of you who decided not to give your hard-earned bucks to AHL Live so that it could fail for you again, I thought I would share some photos from the game. But first, a few notes.

1. You'll be pleased to note that some Binghamton fans consider the Aeros to be the dirtiest team they've played this year. Good for them, because if that's what they think, they wouldn't have been able to handle some of the teams the Aeros have handled this year. And I'm sure that if you ask many of the Aeros fans, they're not going to want to say too many nice things about the Senators style of play.

2. There was a comment below on Pascal Morency and the Clear Day Roster. And no, Morency was not on the Clear Day Roster. But AHL rules allow players not on the Clear Day Roster to play in the playoffs in case of an emergency situation, such as the injury to Cody Almond. Morency has been with the team since the playoffs started, and he's been skating with the Black Aces.

3. If Jared Spurgeon can't play on Tuesday, I'd expect his replacement to be Jeff Penner, who played during the Peroia series because of the injury to Marco Scandella. I haven't heard any updates on Almond or Spurgeon. I'll go out to to the skate tomorrow to see if I can get any information, but I doubt I'll get anything definitive.

4. Now for the photos....


This is Jared Spurgeon on the ice as Jody Green works on him. And it was at this point that the arena was screaming out taunts at Matt Hackett.


This is a photo of the Binghamton mascot being lowered from the arena rafters. The picture doesn't do the absurdity of this event justice because the mascot primarily just hangs there as he's lowered -- I got him moving his arms -- and it kind of looks like he's being lynched.


Here is JM Daoust getting the first goal of the game for the Aeros. He just did his standard hang around the net and be a pest thing.


Here's Daoust's second goal. You can't really see it in this photo, but I thought Robbie Earl deserved an assist because just before this it was like Earl and the goalie were wearing the same uniform, so smothered and screened did Earl have him.


And here's Hackett making a heroic effort to stop a shot. He can't quite stop it though, as Binghamton scores its third goal.

28 comments:

Anonymous said...

I saw that comment on the Binghamton blog site and had to sit on my hands to keep from saying something. And the fact that they taunted Matt while Jared was hurt just proves how totally classless they really are. I think their fans have pretty such guaranteed their players are going to receive a lot of the same from 7000+ loud, faithful Aeros fans on Tuesday. They can dish it out, let's see if they can take it.

Anonymous said...

i don;t understand the Morency & roster thing; Kassian was healthy, & had previously played-obviously there was no "emergency". sucks that Yeo and the staff don't want to play the big guy. and, guess what? the aeros lost again. not surprized.

Anonymous said...

As the initiator of the B-Sens fans chant “You can’t Hack It”, I appreciate your mention of it in your note and quote #7 from Friday night’s game. It was obviously warranted and definitely affective on energizing the home crowd to support our team. It was probably one of the loudest and most supportive crowds ever in Binghamton this season. As for your comment in note and quote #2 from Saturday night’s game, a real classy move, taunting during an injury, I take exception. That or any other chant during the injury time out did not happen. The chant at Hackett started after Jared Spurgeon was escorted off the ice, and well after the entire crowd had expressed empathy for the injury with a very respectful ovation. That’s the way I heard it. Mike Horan Endicott, NY

Ms. Conduct said...

I was there right next to John and am also 100% certain there was quite a lot of taunting Hackett as Spurgeon lay on the ice injured. Some Bingo fans said they cheered Spurgeon (supportively) as he was helped off the ice, and I'll admit that while I didn't hear that, it might have been selective hearing. But I know for a fact the taunting carried on while Spurge was on the ice.

Anonymous said...

Maybe some clever Aeros fan can come up with an appropriate chant directed at Binghamton's goalie. Of course, I don't think we'll be chanting/taunting if one of their guys is on his back on the ice hurt. Then again.............

Ms. Conduct said...

I can tell you, Zack Smith is the team hothead. And he can score, obviously. So if you want to get after a guy other than Lehner, he's your guy.

CatTrick said...

I listened to the game on the radio, and I'm absolutely certain that the taunting happened while Joe O described Spurgeon laying on the ice, barely moving because of the pain. The taunts were so loud it was difficult to hear Joe., altho it sounded like I they were yelling , 'Spur--geon'. Either way, it was inappropriate. At least they didn't play the Chicken Dance song.

Anonymous said...

You Houston fans are delusional! I understand it's your team and you have to defend them but what about the cheap shot that took Cowen out? That wasn't dirty? What about O'Sullivan losing it and spraying the Sens fans behind the benches with gatorade? That's what you call class? Maybe he should have payed a bit more attention the the game.

Let's see here, the Aeros haven't scored more than 2 goals in a game this series (the empty net goal doesn't count). The Sens have found momentum with their offense scoring 7 goals in the last 2 games, they are the best road team in the playoffs this year and are the fresher of the two teams. I won't even get into Robins fine play between the pipes!

Houston is down and out and it's time to put you guys out of your misery Tuesday night! LET"S GO SENS!

Anonymous said...

The comment that we were heckling while Spurgeon was down is not only 100% incorrect and inaccurate, it's actually down right absurd. You were obviously not paying attention AT ALL with what was going on. The Arena fell dead quiet when he went down and remained quiet until he was almost off the ice completely. No one likes to see anyone get hurt and I'm sure Colin Greening feels as bad as anyone about it happening. Surely you can "bash" us Binghamton fans without making up stories about us. As for "dirty" style of play, this is the Calder Cup finals, you're crazy if you think it's not going to get chippy....and I love how you failed the mention the fact that after gamne 4 was OVER, Falk who is bigger the Cody Bass) dragged Cody Bass back out on on the and pretty much would not let him back into the lockeroom until he dropped the gloves. Come play in the AHL East for a season against the Wilkes-Barres, Hersheys, Charlottes and Norfolks and then we'll talk about dirty and rough play.....

artandhockey said...

Daoust...is The Scrapper, and does this *being in the right spot at the right time*, rather
well, doesn't he?

Re Anonymous who signed his name!(good show that) - glad you root for YOUR team.
But one has to give credit where credit is due, even if it is to the OTHER team!

And that last sentence is directed to the other Anomymouses!

We all need to keep rancour, vituperation and animosity out,
be it Aeros fans or BSens fans.
Show good sportsmanship!
May the best team win and the officiating be truly fair!

But as an Aeros fan I naturally have to say this: GO AEROS!

(the verification word is SOOOOO apropos ;-) *myogre*)

Anonymous said...

Let me say that as an Aeros fan, I tend to believe what Ms. C and John reported, since they were actually there, in the arena. And since many people here in Houston were watching on AHL Live and on TV, I doubt they would lie about what they saw and heard. Neither team nor group of fans is 100% right or wrong. We're no more "delusional" than you are. You root for your guys; we'll root for ours. And you can bet on an Aeros blog, you're going to find lots of things said you won't like. I don't read your blogs because I know I will find them offensive to me. So deal with it.

Anonymous said...

Maybe someone on Binghamton can "get hurt" and then we can put Frank Lessard on the roster for the next game and then we'll so how physical Houston wants to get.....

Ms. Conduct said...

Isn't this fun? Anonymous at 9:48... if we ever have T3I t-shirts, you get a free one.

Anonymous said...

With all due respect, Ms. C made the comment that Zack Smith is apparently our hott head. This is not the case as Cody Bass is our "hott head." Bass is the guy that will fight if necessary and he's the guy who is out there to hit other people (aside from being probably the best PKer in the AHL). So no, we did not heckle anyone while Spurgeon was down and that remains a fact, we are not fans from Philadelphia who are out for blood and surely don't like to see anyone get hurt. Greening hit him, probably harder than he intended and Spurgeon got hurt, it wasn't dirty, it was unfortanate. Someone took a run at Jared Cowen Saturday night, hit him, and now he's out. I wouldn't call Houston's style of play dirty, I just Houston tries to push the envelope a bit (as would any other team in this position); but again, it is an undisputable fact that we did not heckle while Spurgeon was down. As for us taunting Hackett, if you look at his numbers, they really should be A LOT better than what they are. He obviously has talent, but he's a terrible positional goalie, he flops (ala Barry Brust) and as I'm sure you know from seeing it, he does not handle the puck well at all....
Mike, Binghamton

Anonymous said...

Ms C....thank you and I'll take you up on that!!

AiH said...

I was at the game watching from the glass and the taunting was going on while Spurgeon was on the ice. That is a fact. It isn't debatable.

In terms of class displayed by the fans? It was lacking. Several apologies from the Senators staff, Arena staff and the extra security brought in after Game 3 speak to that point.

Of course, that isn't representative of the entire fan base at the games. But to argue these things didn't happen is foolish.

sam said...

First of all i hope Jared is not too seriously injured and wish him well for a speedy recovery, althought that did not look good.

Hopefully the Aeros fans just demonstrate class and support for their players, regardless of the outcome. Aeros have been in this position before with the back against the wall and play well in these situations and the crowds in Houston have been fantastic.

The intensity level is up between the teams and fans it seems. You got to love play off hockey! Woohoo!

Anonymous said...

I thought a team couldn't bring in a forward if there were forwards on the clear day list that could play the position. Otherwise, what would stop a team from bringing in a "ringer" to help them win the series? I would guess that a team has to play the healthy players on the clear day roster before they bring someone else in. I'm scratching my head about how this works. We'd be crying foul if Binghamtom had guys on their clear day list that could play, but decided instead to bring a ringer in to replace an injured player. Serious. Kassian must be injured, and they're just not saying... or I don't think they could do this.

Ms. Conduct said...

LOL to infinity that Hackett's game remotely resembles anything like Brusty's. Hackett is beholden to the butterfly almost to a fault and technically very solid. But he's not aggressive enough, especially on breakaways and he is, as you said, bad at handling the puck. Brusty is... pretty much the opposite.

Also, there ya go gang. Get after Cody Bass, too, as much as that pains me because he's such a beauty. I'll take this one for the team.

Anonymous said...

I just saw on Facebook that Binghamton's Asst. Coach Stirling had emergency surgery---quad bypass. Thoughts and prayers for him and his family. I hope he has a speedy and uneventful recovery.
(from an Aeros fan)

Anonymous said...

@Mike from Binghamton.
To misquote Will S., me thinks thou dost protest too much.

Anonymous said...

@AiH....Thanks for verifying the facts as stated by Ms C and John.

Brad said...

The hackett chant was started before the injury and I don't think people realized he was injured the players were standing around, he got to his knees, then kind of rolled over. As the players backed away and the trainer worked on him, there was a hush... You also didn't mention the ovation they gave him as he was taken off. Don't tell half the story to incite more reactions.

Ms. Conduct said...

Now, that is a valid excuse and I'd tend to agree with it. Most of the chanting was starting from that group of Ottawa people and they may not have been able to see Spurgeon was really injured and didn't know to shut up.

I honestly don't remember cheers when he left the ice, but as I've said before, I'm willing to blame some selective hearing on the fact that I was so appalled that they were taunting Hackett during an injury stoppage.

Honestly, that arena is a like a friggin' cagefight. If our hackles are quick to get up, it's just because you guys were doing your job. Don't take it so personal.

INFisher said...

@Ms. Conduct I'll take 10 of the T3I shirts if they ever do exist.

INFisher said...

Does anyone else find it sad grown men and women (With all due respect Ms. C, we all love you) are fighting about a game that they themselves couldn't play at this level? Not saying I could, that's just why I tend to keep my mouth shut, I respect the PLAYERS and I watch the PLAYERS, you're going to have stupid fans argue on both sides (sorry fellow Aeros fans, but it's true, you know who you are) can't we just enjoy what has been, in my opinion a very even and great series so far? We both had our domination games 1 for us and 3 for Bingo, but the rest have been close, and good, I've enjoyed the games, but the fans are honestly ruining it for me. I hope to see and hear a loud TC later today, lets have some class and enjoy some hockey either way this goes, and just realized how privileged we are to even have this opportunity, okay? I'll get off my soap box now.

Anonymous said...

@INFisher
It's not always about the players is it. If you really want to fill the seats you've got to have more than just a product on the ice. When fans get involved emotionally, that's when they buy in. Right now I don't care about how neat it is we've gotten this far in the playoffs. I want the friggen Cup. Hell or high water, I want that Cup in Houston. Take a hike Bingo. Go Aeros.

Andrew J. Ferraro said...

A not-so-flattering comment in the Bingo paper about the fans' behavior there. Again, sounds like a few bad apples spoiled it for everybody:

http://www.pressconnects.com/article/20110607/VIEWPOINTS03/106070305/Fans-behavior-an-embarrassment?odyssey=nav|head