Labrie’s Goal in the Final Seconds Leads the Admirals to Seventh-Straight Victory
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – Pierre-Cedric Labrie’s goal with 30 seconds remaining in regulation capped off an Admirals comeback, as the Norfolk Admirals (34-18-1-2) defeated the Binghamton Senators (21-30-2-1), 3-2, on Friday night at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. The victory, Norfolk’s seventh straight, moves the Admirals back into first-place in the East Division.
The Admirals have won seven straight games for the first time since 2006. Norfolk is one win away from equaling the franchise record of eight consecutive victories, which was set during the 2001-02 season.
Brandon Segal notched his first goal in an Admirals uniform since 2008 while Evan Oberg scored his fifth goal of the season in the third period as the Admirals came-from-behind for the eighth time this season. Dustin Tokarski turned aside 33 shots in the victory.
The Senators jumped out to a two-goal lead in the opening period of play.
Mike Hoffman opened the scoring less than two minutes after the opening faceoff. Hoffman sent a shot from atop the right faceoff circle over the blocker of Tokarski to give the Senators the 1-0 lead at 1:34 of the first period.
Just over five minutes later, the Senators took advantage of a two-man advantage. Former Admiral, Rob Klinkhammer, knocked down a shot by Andre Petersson and from in front in front of the net, tucked the loose puck under the left pad of Tokarski to give the home team a 2-0 lead at 6:42.
However, that would be all the scoring for the Senators in the contest as Admirals comeback began less than a minute into the second period.
In his first game since returning to Norfolk, Brandon Segal picked up a pass from Alexandre Picard and buried a shot behind Binghamton’s netminder Mike McKenna for his 14th goal of the season to narrow the Admirals deficit to 2-1 just 15 seconds into the middle frame.
Norfolk’s comeback continued with a power play goal by Evan Oberg. After collecting a loose puck, Oberg skated past a pair of Senators defensemen and broke in all alone on McKenna From in between the faceoff circles, Oberg sent a shot top-shelf over the glove of McKenna for his fifth goal of the season to knot the game at 2-2 with 6:27 having expired in the third period.
In the final minute of regulation, Labrie’s 13th goal of the season capped off the comeback. After a shot by Tyler Johnson was kicked aside by McKenna, the puck deflected into the left faceoff circle. From there, Labrie picked up the loose rebound and slipped the shot through the pads of the goaltender to give the Admirals the 3-2 lead at 19:30 of the third.
Dustin Tokarski (24-11-0) stopped 33 of 35 shots for the victory. Mike McKenna (13-16-0) allowed three goals on 39 shots in the defeat.
Norfolk was 1 for 3 on the power play. Binghamton was 1 for 4 with the man advantage.
The Admirals return to action tomorrow night as they visit the Hershey Bears for the final time during the 2011-12 regular season. The team then wraps-up the road trip with a visit to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, for an afternoon faceoff with the Penguins.
The Admirals return to Scope on Feb. 29 as the Hershey Bears visit Scope for the final time this season in another Admirals Value Night including Family Fun Packs and Student Rush tickets.
Family Fun Packs 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. Student Rust 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.
Admirals 10-Packs for the 2011-12 season remain available for as little as $110. You may also reserve your 2012-13 season tickets with a deposit of as little as $100 per seat 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!
1. Evan Oberg – NOR
2. Pierre-Cedric Labrie – NOR
3. Mike McKenna – BNG
NOTES … Dustin Tokarski extended his personal win streak to five games, dating back to Feb. 10th vs. Adirondack … After being acquired in a trade on Tuesday afternoon, Segal scored his first goal as an Admiral since recording 26 goals during the 2008-09 season. Segal has five goals in his last four games in an Admirals uniform dating back to 08-09 … Cory Conacher and Tyler Johnson lead the Admirals with nine points each during the team's seven-game winning streak … The Admirals lead the AHL with eight come-from-behind victories this season … Did not play: Richard Petiot and Eric Neilson