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February 21, 2009

Admirals Storm from Behind to Beat Senators and Claim “Series” Victory


NORFOLK, Va. – Brandon Bochenski and Justin Keller each recorded a goal and an assist in the third period to propel the Admirals past the Binghamton Senators 4-2 on Saturday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. With the victory, the Admirals claimed a 2-1 “series” victory against the Senators, as the teams played each other for three consecutive games this week.

The Senators (29-20-5-3) took a two-goal lead on a pair of tallies by Greg Mauldin in the first period. Mauldin opened scoring at 11:54 when his shot from the right circle beat Norfolk netminder Riku Helenius blocker-side. Mauldin doubled the Binghamton lead to 2-0 at 17:56 when his shot from the right circle found its way under the crossbar while the teams skated at four-on-four.

The Admirals (23-26-3-5) cut their deficit in half 1:24 into the second stanza. Wade Brookbank one-timed a Blair Jones feed from the right point toward the net. Grant Potulny deflected the puck into the net behind Binghamton backstop Martin Gerber for his eighth goal of the season.

The Admirals knotted the score at two goals apiece with a Blair Jones five-on-three power play goal 14:44 into the second stanza. Mike Lundin faked a shot from the left circle before backhanding a pass to Jones at the right point. Jones one-timed the puck through traffic and into the top of the net before Gerber could react.

The third period belonged to the Admirals, as the home team out-shot the visitors 17-8 and took the lead for good. Just 3:43 into the final frame, Justin Keller centered a pass from behind the net to Brandon Bochenski in the low slot. Bochenski’s shot went through Gerber’s legs for his 21st goal of the season.

Keller then added an insurance tally at 11:08. Bochenski sent a long feed through the neutral zone to Keller for a partial breakaway down the left wing. Keller held the puck on his backhand before sending a shot just over the left shoulder of Gerber and just under the crossbar for his eleventh goal of the season.

Riku Helenius (26 shots, 24 saves) got the win. Martin Gerber (38 shots, 34 saves) got the loss.

Norfolk was 1-3 on the power play. Binghamton was 0-4.

The next Admirals action takes place on Friday next week as the Admirals welcome Martin St. Pierre and the Providence Bruins to Scope. The puck drops at 7:15 p.m.

The first 2,000 fans through the gates will receive an Admirals/Heroes for the American Red Cross puck courtesy of the American Red Cross. In addition, special $10 red level tickets for Friday’s game are available for purchase through the American Red Cross online at http://www.seva-redcross.org/. Two dollars of each of those tickets sold will go back to the American Red Cross’ Heroes Campaign. For more details on the puck giveaway and how to purchase the $10 tickets, 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. Brandon Bochenski – NOR
2. Justin Keller – NOR
3. Zenon Konopka – NOR

Notes … The Admirals went 4-2-1-0 during their stretch of seven games in nine days … Brandon Bochenski has points in 12 of the last 20 games (10G, 9A) … Justin Keller has points in nine of his last eleven games (6G, 8A) … All 11 of Keller’s goals this season have been scored at Norfolk Scope Arena … Brandon Segal’s five-game goal-scoring streak (8G) ended tonight. The streak is the longest by an Admiral this season and is the longest of Segal’s AHL career … Segal has points in nine of his last 14 games (9G, 3A) … Wade Brookbank notched an assist for his first point as an Admiral tonight … Paul Szczechura and Steve Downie are tied for the team lead in plus/minus at +9, with Radek Smolenak (+8), Kevin Quick (+7) and Brookbank (+5) in close pursuit … Earlier today, the Tampa Bay Lightning reassigned forward Steve Downie and defenseman Ty Wishart to Norfolk … Also today, the Columbus Blue Jackets claimed forward Chris Gratton off of re-entry waivers … Scratches: F Jay Rosehill, F Juraj Simek, F Jason Ward, F Chris Lawrence, D Andy Rogers, D Vladimir Mihalik … Attendance: 5,733.

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