B-Devils Sit-down – Penalty kill struggles and Studenic’s surge

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BINGHAMTON (WBNG) — The Binghamton Devils are preparing for three games in three days starting Friday, December 7 in Syracuse against the Crunch. Before the B-Devils hit the road for Syracuse, 12 Sports Director Larry Burneal caught up with Binghamton Devils head coach Mark Dennehy for the latest edition of B-Devils Sit-Down. This week’s topics include how Binghamton can solve its penalty kill struggles and the outstanding rookie season Marian Studenic is having.

On how the Binghamton Devils can improve a penalty-kill unit ranking 30th in the AHL:

“It actually had been coming on,” said Binghamton Devils head coach Mark Dennehy. “If you look at our last eight games, I think Sunday was an outlier for us where nothing seemed to go right. We started out okay and once it started going south, we kept getting further and further away from what we needed to do. We spent this week back to basics, doing a lot of teaching, slowing things down. I think there’s more of an understanding, but like anything else, you’re at you’re best when you’re attacking.”

On Marian Studenic’s rookie season that has him leading the B-Devils in points:

“He’s got dimensional-speed and unlike a lot of guys, he doesn’t slow down when he gets the puck,” said Dennehy. “Sometimes it looks like he even skates faster with it.”

“I want to give John Quenneville a shout out because he’s playing with two rookies in Marian (Studenic) and Egor Sharangovich and he’s done a really good job of communicating with both of them,” said Dennehy. “These guys, they speak different languages. One speaks Belarusian, the other speaks Slovakian. They are both learning English and Q’s done a really good job to take those guys under his wing. There’s a reason both seem to be playing pretty well.”

On why Dennehy decided to put together the Studenic-Quenneville-Sharangovich line:

“Studs was playing with (Quenneville) when Pavel Zacha was down and they seemed to form a bond, form some chemistry,” said Dennehy.

Binghamton is on the road at Syracuse Friday, December 7. Puck drops at 7 p.m.

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