Admirals Surrender Three Goals in Third, Lose 5-2 to Binghamton
NORFOLK, Va. – The Norfolk Admirals (34-22-1-7, 76 points) gave up three goals in the third period to the Binghamton Senators (31-29-1-2, 65 points), 5-2, on Friday night at Norfolk Scope.
Devante Smith-Pelly scored his team-leading 25th goal of the season and Chris Wagner recorded his eleventh of the season. Norfolk’s John Gibson (20-15-4) stopped 22 of 26 shots in the loss and his counterpart, Scott Greenham, saved 24 of 26 shots.
Norfolk took a 1-0 lead seven minutes into the opening period when Kevin Gagne found Chris Wagner across the zone in the right circle. Wagner snapped a shot low to the glove side over Greenham’s left leg at 7:02 of the first.
Binghamton responded with a blast from the left point by Mark Borowiecki. The Senators’ Patrick Mullen fed a pass to Borowiecki at the top of the zone that the defenseman drove through traffic and beyond Gibson. Binghamton knotted it up at 1-1 at 15:16 of the first.
In the second period, the Admirals regained the lead using a shorthanded forecheck to manufacture an opportunity in front of Greenham. Norfolk defenseman Steve Eminger dumped a puck in behind Greenham to maintain the zone. Max Sauve picked it off the boards and shuffled it to an awaiting Smith-Pelly at the goal front. Smith-Pelly settled it briefly before cracking a shot under Greenham’s glove at 11:40 for a shorthanded goal and a 2-1 Admirals' lead.
Once again, the Senators answered. Former Admiral Alex Grant, playing in his first game at Scope as a Senator, worked the puck across the top of the Norfolk zone to Fredrik Claesson. Claesson fired a low shot towards the net that David Dziurzynski deflected upward past Gibson. The Senators tied it at 2-2 with only 52 seconds left in the second period.
Early in the third period, Binghamton grabbed their first lead of the game on a power play opportunity. Mullen sent a pass across the slot to the far side for Shane Prince. Prince circled towards the far corner to screen Gibson and flicked a wrister off the far post to put Binghamton on top 3-2 at 2:50 of the third.
The Senators sealed the win at 16:33 of the third. Cole Schneider cut off a clearing attempt in the Norfolk zone and executed a give-and-go via Mark Stone that ended with a Schneider shot high into the far corner to make it 4-2.
Binghamton scored an empty-net goal at 18:55 of the third to take a 5-2 victory.
Norfolk didn’t convert on either of their two power plays while the Senators went 1-for-4 on the man-advantage.
Norfolk’s five-game home stand continues tomorrow night when they close out the two-game weekend set against the Binghamton Senators at 7:15 p.m. inside Scope. The game is the 14th Annual Muscular Dystrophy Association Jersey Auction, presented by PAPCO. Special edition game-worn jerseys will be auctioned off on the ice immediately after the game.
Game tickets are now on sale, and are available through the Norfolk Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.
1. Shane Prince – BNG
2. Patrick Mullen - BNG
3. Chris Wagner - NOR