BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – Josh Brittain and Ryan Lasch scored as the Admirals erased a 2-0 deficit, but Norfolk Admirals (14-18-2-1) fell to the Binghamton Senators (23-8-1-3), 4-2, on Saturday night from the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
Frederik Andersen (7-10-1) made 36 saves on 39 shots in the setback.
The Admirals return to Norfolk Scope Arena for three home games next week. The homestand begins on Tuesday night against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins.
The Senators took a 1-0 lead 5:20 into the contest. Mark Stone sent a shot from the right circle that deflected off a Norfolk defenseman and eluded the glove of Andersen.
Binghamton’s lead doubled just over three minutes later. Jean-Gabriel Pageau sent a shot from the slot that Andersen stopped. However, Corey Cowick found the rebound and scored at 8:29 for a 2-0 Senators advantage.
Norfolk cut its deficit in half with a power play goal early in the second period. Rod Pelley sent a feed from behind the goal line into the low slot. Brittain one-timed the pass into the net for his first goal as an Admiral at 2:40 of the second period.
The Admirals tied the game at 2-2 midway through the second period. Lasch found a loose puck in the goalmouth and scored his second goal of the season at 7:51.
However, Binghamton re-claimed the lead with a power play goal later in the second period. Eric Gryba sent a slap shot from the left point through traffic and into the net at 14:07 of the second period, giving the Senators a 3-2 lead.
Norfolk was unable to get the equalizer despite sending 17 shots on Senators goaltender Nathan Lawson in the final frame. Gryba added an empty-net goal with 14 seconds remaining in regulation to give the game a 4-2 final score.
Lawson (1-1-0) stopped 38 of 40 shots for the win.
The Admirals return to Scope on Tuesday to face off against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at 7:15 p.m. in another Admirals Value Night, with Family Fun Packs and Student Rush Night tickets available.
Family Fun Packs include four discounted Red Level Tickets plus four free hot dogs, four free popcorns and four free sodas. Fans get all of that for just $54 – that’s a savings of $37!
Student Rush Nights provide $9 White Level Tickets (normally $17 on game nights) for students with a valid current high school or college ID. In addition, when you buy a Student Rush Night Ticket, you get a buy-one, get-one free offer for the next Student Rush Night.
Family Fun Packs are available at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 or online at Ticketmaster.com. Student Rush Night Tickets are available ONLY at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the game.
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. Nathan Lawson – BNG
2. Eric Gryba – BNG
3. Corey Cowick – BNG
NOTES … Earlier today, the Admirals added six players from the ECHL: D Tyler Bushee, D Ryan Hegarty, F Matt Kennedy, F Garrett Klotz, F Andrew Rowe and F Marc-Olivier Vallerand … Did not play: Nate Guenin, Jordan Hendry, Ryan Hegarty, Sami Vatanen, Garrett Klotz, Brandon McMillan, Chris Wagner, Patrick Maroon, Kyle Palmieri, Peter Holland, Emerson Etem, Devante Smith-Pelly.