Feb 25, 2013; Ottawa, ON, CAN; Ottawa Senators goalie Ben Bishop (30) makes a save on a shot from Montreal Canadiens right wing Brian Gionta (21) in a shootout at Scotiabank Place. The Senators defeated the Canadiens 2-1 in a shootout. Mandatory Credit: Marc DesRosiers-USA TODAY Sports

Texas Tornado Alumni Ben Bishop Stellar In February

Ben Bishop who backstopped the NAHL – Texas Tornado during their run to the 2005 Robertson Cup National Championship is making quite a name for himself with the Ottawa Senators.

The 6’ 7” – 205 pound native of St Louis, MO put up dominating numbers during his lone season in the NAHLwith the Texas Tornado. Bishop led the league in wins with 35 during the regular season a full seven games more than the second place goalie. He had a miniscule 1.97GAA and a .920SV% in 45 regular season games. In the playoff Bishop won 10 of the 12 games played including a 6-1 victory against the Fargo Moorehead Jets in the Robertson Cup Championship game.

Bishop displayed his team first mentality in a late November game against Texas’ perennial rivals the Santa Fe Roadrunners. Bishop had a 5-0 shutout going against the visitors midway through the third period when multiple fights broke out. Ryan Hatch who was in net for the Roadrunners skated to the red-line to get in the mess and challenged Bishop. Ben gave up what could have been his second shutout of the season to get his teammates backs and dropped Hatch.

Following his stint in Texas Bishop spent three seasons as a member of the University of Maine Black Bears. With Maine Bishop was 55-34-7 and made it to the Semi Finals of both the 2006 and 2007 NCAA Frozen Four.

Bishop was selected in the third round of the NHL draft by the St Louis Blues and his professional career began late in the 2007-08 season following the conclusion of Maine’s season. Bishop spent parts of five seasons as a member of the AHL Peoria Rivermen with brief stints with the St Louis Blues thrown in. The Blues sent Bishop to the Senators late in the 2011-12 season. As a member of the Senators organization, Bishop has split time between Ottawa and Binghamton.

In the AHL Bishop again logged a winning record of 91-68-10 with nine shutouts. His limited stints in the NHL with the Blues and Senators prior to this season had produced only mixed results as he posted a 7-8-1 record.

Following the conclusion of the lockout, Bishop opened the season as the backup in Ottawa behind Craig Anderson. Bishop’s first outing of the season left a lot to be desired as he gave up five goals in a 6-4 loss to Tampa Bay in late January. However, since the calendar rolled over to February, Bishop has been stellar between the pipes.

The lone blemish on Bishop’s record in February was a 1-0 loss to the Winnipeg Jets and another former Texas Tornado goalie Al Montoya. It was the second time that two former NAHL goalies from the same team had faced each other in the NHL and both times it has been Bishop and Montoya. Bishop did all he could to get the win with 36 saves in the game, but his offense just could not solve Montoya. With Anderson now on the shelf due to injury, Bishop has put the Senators on his back and ran off four straight wins. Bishop has racked up a 1.54GAA, .955SV% and three shootout wins in February. The banged up Senators offense has done little to help Bishop scoring only seven goals in regulation in his five games.

Bishop will look to keep his hot hand going as the Senators chase a playoff spot and Anderson recovers from his right ankle injury. You can follow Bishop and the Senators at SenShot.

Bishop Career Statistics

Level

GP

MIN

W

L

OTL

SO

GAA

SV%

Texas  Tornado

45

2,577

35

8

0

5

1.93

0.920

NCAA

98

5,607

55

34

7

5

2.27

0.917

Minor Pro

175

10,260

91

68

10

9

2.59

0.913

NHL

29

1,477

11

10

3

1

2.56

0.911

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