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March 16, 2013

Admirals See Four-Game Winning Streak Snapped in Binghamton


BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Binghamton Senators (37-19-1-5) scored three goals in the first period to upend the Norfolk Admirals (29-27-4-1), 5-1, on Friday night at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.

The Admirals saw their four-game winning streak end and dropped to three points back of the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference with 15 games remaining in the regular season.

Sami Vatanen scored the lone goal for Norfolk while goaltender Frederik Andersen (16-12-1) stopped 31 of 36 shots in the setback. Norfolk out-shot Binghamton, 43-36.

The Admirals return to Scope on Tuesday and Wednesday to host the Adirondack Phantoms.

Norfolk took a 1-0 lead with a power play goal 8:11 into the first period. Vatanen sent a shot from the right point that deflected off a Binghamton defender and eluded goaltender Nathan Lawson for his sixth goal of the season. With an assist on the goal, Admirals captain Nate Guenin extended his point and assist streak to six games (1g, 6a).

However, the remainder of the period belonged to Binghamton. Just 56 seconds after the Vatanen goal, Mark Stone scored a power play goal for the Senators to tie the game at 1-1. Just over two minutes later, Chris Wideman took a pass from Hugh Jessiman and scored to put Binghamton ahead, 2-1, at 11:19. Jean-Gabriel Pageau extended Binghamton’s lead to 3-1 with a shot through a screen with only 29 seconds left in the first period.

The home team’s lead grew to 4-1 at the 14:40 mark of the second stanza. Derek Grant’s initial shot was stopped by Andersen. But Wacey Hamilton found the rebound in the crease and scored.

Michael Sdao closed out scoring with a power play goal at 16:43 for the 5-1 final score.

Lawson (7-4-1) stopped 42 of 43 shots for the win.

Norfolk was 1-for-4 on the power play. Binghamton was 2-for-7.

The Admirals return to Scope on Tuesday and Wednesday nights to face off against the Adirondack Phantoms. Both games begin at 7:15 p.m. and are Admirals Value Nights, 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.

Three Stars:
1. Chris Wideman – BNG
2. Nathan Lawson – BNG
3. Michael Sdao – BNG


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