Andersen Stellar in net as Admirals Snap Binghamton’s Nine-Game Winning Streak
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – Frederik Andersen made 39 saves to lead the Norfolk Admirals (10-12-0-0) to a 3-1 victory over the Binghamton Senators (13-5-1-1) on Saturday night from the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. The Admirals, who have won three of their last four games, snapped Binghamton’s franchise-record nine-game winning streak.
Kyle Palmieri, Jordan Hendry and Brandon McMillan scored for the Admirals. Andersen (7-6-0) stopped all 29 shots he faced in the final two periods. Norfolk killed all three Senator power plays, increasing their streak of opponent power plays killed to 33 over the last five-plus games.
The Admirals will return to Scope on Friday and Saturday nights to battle the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Norfolk took a 1-0 lead 7:32 into the first period. Sami Vatanen sent a shot from right circle that was blocked away into the left circle. Palmieri found it there and sent the rebound past Binghamton backstop Robin Lehner for his ninth goal of season.
The Senators tied the game at 1-1 just under seven minutes later with their AHL-leading eighth shorthanded goal of the season. Derek Grant picked off a Norfolk pass in the left corner, skated towards the goalmouth and sent a backhand shot past Andersen at 14:30.
The Admirals re-claimed the lead 6:35 into the second period. Peter Holland won a faceoff back to Hendry in high slot. Hendry sent a shot through traffic that was deflected on its way through Lehner’s legs for Hendry’s second goal of the season and a 2-1 Norfolk lead.
Norfolk’s lead doubled late in the second period. McMillan attempted a wraparound shot from behind the net near Lehner’s right side. The puck hit Lehner’s pad, bounced towards the low slot, pinballed off the skate of Troy Bodie and went right back to McMillan, who one-timed it past Lehner’s right skate at 17:48 for his third goal of the season.
Andersen turned aside all 13 shots he faced in the third period and nearly scored an empty-net goal when his shot hit the outside of the left post of the Binghamton net. Nevertheless, the Admirals held on for the 3-1 lead.
Lehner (8-3-1) stopped 32 of 35 shots in the setback.
Norfolk was 0-for-5 on the power play. Binghamton was 0-for-3.
The Admirals return to Scope on Friday and Saturday against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. Friday night’s game is the Admirals’ annual Toy Toss. Admirals fans are asked to bring new stuffed toys to that game to throw onto the ice after the Admirals score their first goal. Toys will be collected for the U.S. Marine Corps Toys for Tots.
Also, the first 2,000 fans through the gates will receive the first set of 2012-13 Admirals trading cards, courtesy of Michael and Son Services and JPM Financial Services/John's Tax Service.
Saturday night is Norfolk’s annual Pucks ‘n’ Paws Night to benefit the Virginia Beach SPCA and Chesapeake Humane Society. Discounted tickets are available – including tickets to bring your small or medium-sized dog to the game. For more details or to buy tickets, visit norfolkadmirals.com/groups.
Also on Saturday, the Admirals will hold their second post-game skate of the season where fans can skate at Scope with their favorite Admirals following the game. A limited number of skates will be available or fans may bring their own skates.
Don’t miss a minute of Admirals action by purchasing your season tickets today. Stop by the Admirals’ Administrative Offices at Scope, call (757) 640-1212 weekdays from 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or visit norfolkadmirals.com anytime.
1. Kyle Palmieri – NOR
2. Frederik Andersen – NOR
3. Jordan Hendry – NOR
NOTES … Norfolk has killed 33 consecutive opponent power plays over their last six games dating back to a Chad Kolarik power play goal on November 24th at Connecticut … The Admirals have not allowed more than two goals in a contest in the last four games … Norfolk snapped Binghamton’s nine-game winning streak and ten-game point streak … Prior to tonight, the last regulation loss for the Senators came on November 3 at Norfolk … Did not play: Nate Guenin, Matt Smaby, Nick Schaus, Jay Rosehill.