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February 20, 2009

Admirals Fire Back, Set Up Rubber Match Against Senators Tomorrow


NORFOLK, Va. – Justin Keller and Brandon Segal netted two goals each as the Admirals topped the Binghamton Senators 5-2 on Friday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. Each team has a win in this three-game “series”, setting up tomorrow night’s rubber match at Scope.

Norfolk (22-26-3-5) claimed a 1-0 lead with a power play goal 4:35 into the game. Jay Rosehill deflected Grant Potulny’s shot from the top of the right circle past Binghamton netminder Jeff Glass for his fourth goal of the season.

The Admirals’ lead doubled under ten minutes later with another power play tally. Brandon Bochenski entered the attacking zone along the right wing and sent a pass between the legs of a Senators defender to Justin Keller in the slot. Keller’s wrister found its way between the glove and left leg pad of Glass and into the cage at 12:49.

Binghamton (29-19-5-3) closed to within a goal of the Admirals with a five-on-three power play tally by Denis Hamel at 1:39. Peter Regin sent a shot from the right circle that Helenius blocked. However, Hamel found the rebound and sent it past Admirals goaltender Riku Helenius on his second attempt.

Brandon Segal’s twentieth goal of the season at 15:44 restored Norfolk’s two-goal lead. Segal was sent on a breakaway and sent a forehand shot five-hole on Glass. The tally gave Segal a five-game goal-scoring streak.

The Bochenski-Keller connection struck again at 7:36 of the final frame. Bochenski stole the puck from a Binghamton defender in the right corner and centered the puck to Keller in the slot for a one-timer goal.

Segal put the home team up 5-1 at 16:06. Radek Smolenak sent a shot from the high slot that ended up behind the net. Segal found the rebound and sent a shot from behind the goal line that caromed off a defender and into the net.

Tomas Kudelka closed out scoring with a Binghamton power play goal with only 0.2 seconds remaining in the game.

Riku Helenius (36 shots, 34 saves) earned his third victory of the season. Jeff Glass (49 shots, 44 saves) took the loss.

Norfolk was 2-4 on the power play. Binghamton was 2-5.

The Admirals will hold a hockey doubleheader tomorrow at Scope. At 3:00 p.m., the heroes of Admirals past will skate at Scope once again as the second Admirals Alumni Game takes place. Gates open at 2:00 p.m. The present-day Admirals will then renew acquaintances with the Senators at 7:15 p.m. A ticket to the 7:15 p.m. game gets you into the Alumni Game, as well. For more details, please visit norfolkadmirals.com.

To purchase tickets to any Admirals game, you may visit the Scope Box Office weekdays from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., visit any Ticketmaster outlet, call Ticketmaster at (757) 671-8100 or visit Ticketmaster online at www.ticketmaster.com. Don’t miss a minute of the action by purchasing your 2009-10 season tickets today. Season tickets start at just $42 per month! 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. Justin Keller – NOR
2. Brandon Bochenski – NOR
3. Brandon Segal – NOR

Notes … The Admirals played their sixth game in eight days tonight … With his two goals tonight, Brandon Segal established a new AHL career high with 21 goals in a single season. He now leads the Admirals in goal scoring and is in the top 15 of the AHL in that department … Segal has goals in five straight contests (8G) – a Norfolk season high and a personal career best … Segal has points in nine of his last 13 games (9G, 3A) … Defenseman Kevin Quick registered a career high with three assists … Jay Rosehill scored the first power play goal of his AHL career. He has now established AHL career highs in goals, assists and points (4G, 7A, 11PTS) … After going six straight games allowing the first goal of the game, the Admirals have scored first in back-to-back games against the Senators … With a pair of helpers tonight, Radek Smolenak now has points in four of the last five games (1G, 5A) … With his two assists, Bochenski has points in 11 of the last 19 games for Norfolk (9G, 8A) … Scratches: F Jason Ward, F Chris Lawrence, D Andy Rogers, D Vladimir Mihalik and F Chris Gratton … Attendance: 4,176.

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