Binghamton, NY, March 8, 2013 – Nathan Lawson made 34 saves for his first shutout of the season, and Fredrik Claesson’s goal only 56 seconds into the game turned out to be the winner, as the Binghamton Senators defeated the Connecticut Whale 3-0 Friday night at the Broome County Arena.
The loss dropped the Whale (27-24-5-3, 62 pts.) into a tie with the Manchester Monarchs for the eighth-and-final playoff spot in the AHL’s Eastern Conference.
“I thought the effort was wanting in some areas,” Whale head coach Ken Gernander said. “I thought we were slow with our decision-making, we didn’t get enough pucks deep and have a willingness to forecheck, so consequently we didn’t generate much offense, despite  shots.”
Chris Wideman also scored for Binghamton, and Wacey Hamilton added an empty-net goal. Cam Talbot made 35 saves in the Whale net.
Claesson’s goal at the 56-second mark of the first period was his second of his rookie season. Jean-Gabriel Pageau worked the p...