BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Norfolk Admirals (31-19-8-5) dropped the first contest of three straight games against the Binghamton Senators (33-22-3-4) with a 4-1 setback on Sunday evening at the Broome County Veteran’s Memorial Arena. Norfolk’s lead over Binghamton for the fourth and final guaranteed playoff spot in the AHL’s East Division has fallen to two points. The two teams now head to Norfolk to square off again on Wednesday and Friday nights at Norfolk Scope Arena.
Paul Szczechura scored Norfolk’s lone goal while Admirals goaltender Jaroslav Janus stopped 32 of 36 shots in defeat.
Binghamton scored first with a power play goal 8:15 into the game. Andre Benoit sent a wrist shot from the high slot. Andrew Sweetland was stationed in the mid-slot and tipped the shot over the left shoulder of Janus for a 1-0 Senators lead.
Binghamton’s lead doubled 1:01 into the second stanza. Eric Gryba sent a shot from the right point that Janus blocked. However, Kaspars Daugavins found the rebound and stashed it under Janus and into the net for a 2-0 Senators lead.
Daugavins increased Binghamton’s lead to 3-0 early in the third period. Daugavins found the rebound of a Jim O’Brien slap shot and stashed it into the net at 4:10.
Norfolk broke up Senators goaltender Barry Brust’s shutout bid 10:12 into the third period on the power play. Matt Fornataro sent a pass from the bottom of the right circle across the slot. Szczechura, who had been near the left faceoff dot, cut to the net and one-timed the puck past Brust for his fourteenth goal of the season, cutting the Senators’ lead to 3-1.
Binghamton closed out scoring with 4:15 remaining in the contest. Colin Greening sent a long pass to send Corey Locke for a partial breakaway through the left circle. Greening trailed the play and sent the rebound of Locke’s initial slap shot under the glove of Janus for the 4-1 final score.
Jaroslav Janus (36 shots, 32 saves) took the loss. Barry Brust (32 shots, 31 saves) got the win.
Norfolk was 1-4 on the power play. Binghamton was 1-8.
The Admirals return to Scope on Wednesday night at 7:15 p.m. to battle the Binghamton Senators in another Admirals Value Night, featuring Admirals Family Fun Packs and Student Rush Nights. Family Fun Packs, presented by SunTrust, include four discounted Red Level Tickets for just $48 plus four free hot dogs, four free popcorns and four free sodas. Fans get all of that for just $48 – that’s a savings of $37!
Student Rush Nights provide $8 White Level Tickets (normally $12) 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. Family Fun Packs must be purchased prior to the day of the game. Student Rush Night Tickets are available ONLY at the Scope Box Office after 2:00 p.m. on the day of the game.
Individual tickets for all regular season games start at just $12. Tickets are available now at the Scope Box Office, all Ticketmaster Outlets, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at ticketmaster.com.
Season tickets for the 2011-12 season are now available! Low monthly payments available for a limited time only. 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 for more details or to purchase your tickets!
1. Kaspars Daugavins – BNG
2. Andre Benoit – BNG
3. Barry Brust – BNG
NOTES … In the East Division, Norfolk (75 points, 17 games remaining) leads Binghamton (73 points, 18 games remaining) by two points for fourth place. Charlotte (78 points, 15 games remaining) won on the road in Manchester today, increasing their lead to three points over Norfolk for third place. Norfolk remains seven points behind second-place Hershey (82 points, 16 games remaining) after the Bears fell at home tonight to first-place Wilkes-Barre/Scranton (90 points, 18 games remaining) ... The top four spots in the East Division are guaranteed to qualify for the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs. For complete standings and an explanation of the qualification rules for the 2011 Calder Cup Playoffs, please visit theahl.com … Norfolk was out-shot in back-to-back games for just the third time this season and the first time since January 1-2 … The Admirals tied a season high by allowing their opponent eight power play opportunities. In the prior ten games, the Admirals were averaging fewer than four opponent power play opportunities allowed per game (3.6) … Norfolk had killed 14 consecutive opponent power plays before Andrew Sweetland’s first period power play tally tonight … The Admirals’ penalty kill is 46/50 (92.0%) over its last 12 games … Scratches: Tim Marks, Mathieu Roy, Mitch Fritz, Cedrick Desjardins.