BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Binghamton Senators scored goals on four consecutive shots in the second period as they handed the Norfolk Admirals a 6-2 loss on Friday night at the Broome County Veteran’s Memorial Arena.
After a scoreless opening period, the Senators (36-23-5-3) scored four goals on four consecutive shots in the middle of the second stanza. Denis Hamel opened scoring at 10:45 when his shot from the right circle was inadvertently pushed across the goal line by a backchecking Norfolk defenseman. Aaron Slattengren tallied the second goal at 11:48 after his shot from the right dot went off the right skate of Admirals goaltender Riku Helenius. Mark Bomersback made it 3-0 Binghamton at 15:05 when he sent a shot from the right circle off the right shoulder of Helenius and into the net. Less than a minute later, Hamel centered a pass from behind the net for a tip-in by Greg Mauldin at 15:58.
Matt Pope gave the home team a 5-0 lead 5:11 into the final frame when his shot from the left faceoff circle went under the right arm of new Norfolk netminder Craig Kowalski.
The Admirals (26-33-3-5) got on the board just 28 seconds later. Captain Zenon Konopka sent a shot from the top of the left circle that deflected off the skate of Admirals forward Chris Lawrence and through the legs of Binghamton goaltender Jeff Glass at 5:39.
Zack Smith restored Binghamton’s five-goal lead just over three minutes later with a shorthanded tally at 8:46.
Brock Hooton capped scoring on the night as he netted his first goal as an Admiral just over four minutes later. After the Senators won a faceoff in the left circle of their own zone, Juraj Simek poked the puck off a Binghamton blade and dropped it back to Hooton, who scored at 12:59.
Riku Helenius (15 shots, 11 saves) took the loss through 35:58. Craig Kowalsk (11 shots, 9 saves) did not receive a decision through 24:02. Jeff Glass (32 shots, 30 saves) got the victory.
Both Norfolk and Binghamton were 0-4 on the power play.
The Admirals and Senators will square off once again tomorrow night as Norfolk continues a five-game road trip. The puck drops at 7:05 p.m.
The next home action takes place on Wednesday, March 18 when the Admirals take on the Binghamton Senators. That night is both Family Fun Pack Night and Student Rush Night. For more details on these discounted ticket offers, please visit norfolkadmirals.com.
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1. Aaron Slattengren – BNG
2. Denis Hamel – BNG
3. Jeff Glass – BNG
Notes … The Admirals played the game two skaters short, as both F Grant Potulny and D Ty Wishart missed the game due to injury after playing on Wednesday night in Albany … Zenon Konopka has points and assists in five straight games (1G, 5A) and has points in nine of his last 11 games (2G, 10A). His assist streak is the longest of the season for a Norfolk player … Chris Lawrence’s third period tally was his first goal since January 17 versus Worcester and his first point since returning from injury on March 3 at Bridgeport … Justin Keller’s four-game point streak (3G, 2A) ended. Keller has points in eight of his last 12 games (7G, 4A) … Scratches: D Ty Wishart, F Bracken Kearns, F Jason Ward, F Grant Potulny, D Matt Lashoff and D Scott Jackson … F Steve Downie missed the game due to suspension … Attendance: 3,882.