Admirals Come Out of Gates Firing, Double-Up Senators
NORFOLK – Peter Holland and Kyle Palmieri each had three-point nights and Frederik Andersen made 40 saves as the Norfolk Admirals (6-2-0-0) topped the Binghamton Senators (4-4-1-0), 4-2, on Saturday night at Norfolk Scope Arena. The Admirals now embark on a four-game road trip beginning on Wednesday morning against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Eighteen-year-old defenseman Hampus Lindholm, who was a first-round draft pick of the Anaheim Ducks last June, netted his first American Hockey League goal. Andersen improved to 3-1-0 on the season with his 40-save effort.
The Admirals tied a franchise record with a 26-shot first period, out-shooting the Senators, 26-8, while taking the lead. Lindholm picked off a pass at the left point and skated towards the circle. He then sent a wrist shot past the glove of goaltender Ben Bishop at 9:43 of the first period.
Norfolk’s lead doubled just over seven minutes later. Palmieri attempted a shot from the right circle that went high and caromed off the glass behind the Binghamton net. The puck ricocheted back into the slot, and Holland sent a shot past an unsuspecting Bishop at 16:52.
The Senators drew to within one goal of the Admirals 3:10 into the second stanza. Andre Benoit sent a shot from the right half wall that tipped off the top of Andersen’s glove on its way into the net, making the score 2-1 in favor of Norfolk.
Holland’s second goal of the game restored the home team’s two-goal lead just over three minutes later. Luca Caputi sent a short pass from behind the Binghamton net to Holland on top of the crease. Holland one-timed the puck under Bishop’s legs at 6:25 for his team-leading fifth goal of the season.
"Caputi gave me a great pass from behind the net," said Holland. "I just tried to whack at it and luckily for me it squeaked in."
Norfolk’s lead increased to 4-1 with Palmieri’s third goal of the season at 6:07 of the final frame. Holland intercepted the puck at the right point. He threaded a pass to Palmieri in the left faceoff circle for a one-timer past Bishop’s glove.
The Senators closed out scoring at 8:26 of the third period, as Patrick Wiercioch sent the only one of Binghamton's 18 third-period shots fast Andersen.
Bishop (40 saves, 44 shots) took the loss.
Norfolk was 0-for-4 on the power play. Binghamton was 0-for-3.
The Admirals now have victories in six of eight games this season. "We're happy [with the 6-2-0-0 record]," said Holland, "but we're never satisfied."
The Admirals look to improve on that record during a four-game road trip beginning Wednesday morning against the Bridgeport Sound Tigers. The puck drops at 11:00 a.m. All games can be heard on 102.1-FM, 1490-AM or 1021TheGame.com. You may also watch on a pay-per-view or season pass basis at AHLLive.com.
The Admirals return to Scope to host the Springfield Falcons on Friday and Saturday, November 16 and 17. Saturday's game is Diabetes Awareness Night. Special discounted fundraising tickets are available to benefit the EVMS Strelitz Diabetes Center. These tickets are only available at norfolkadmirals.com/groups through Thursday, November 15th.
Don’t miss a minute of Admirals action by purchasing your season tickets 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. Peter Holland – NOR
2. Kyle Palmieri – NOR
3. Hampus Lindholm – NOR
NOTES … The only other time Norfolk recorded 26 shots in a single period in AHL Admirals history was on March 17, 2007, vs. Bridgeport (1st period) … Peter Holland (5g, 5a) leads the Admirals in goals and is tied for the team lead in points. He has recorded at least one point in seven of eight games this season … Kyle Palmieri (3g, 7a) is also tied for the team lead in scoring and has points in six of eight games this season … Hampus Lindholm was the youngest player in the American Hockey League on Opening Day and is the youngest player in AHL Admirals history. He scored his first AHL goal in his eighth AHL game. Lindholm does not turn 19 years old until January 20, 2013 … An Admirals season-high crowd of 5,048 witnessed the contest … Did not play: Gabe Guentzel, John Kurtz, Garrett Klotz, John Mitchell, Matt Smaby.