On Friday Night the Binghamton Senators played the second of two-games this week in Norfolk, VA. And for the second time in three days the Sens fell at the hands of the hometown Admirals, this time by a 6-2 score.
Norfolk jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first period when Pavel Vorobiev and Nathan Barrett each picked up goals for the Admirals.
Vorobiev recorded his 9th goal of the season, with an unassisted marker, at the 8:36 mark of the first period, while Barrett gave Norfolk the two-goal advantage at the 17:53 of the opening frame. Martin St. Pierre and Jordan Hendry each registered helpers on Barrett’s 30th goal of the year.
Denis Hamel tied the Binghamton AHL record for most goals in a season, with his 54th of the year, 4:08 into the middle period to cut the deficit to 2-1. Charlie Stephens and Grant Potulny each found their way onto the score sheet with helpers on the power-play goal. Hamel tied Don Biggs, who scored 54 goals for the Binghamton Rangers during the 1992-93 season. With his 26th power-play tally of the year, Hamel is now only one power-play goal shy of tying the league record for the most in one season.
Norfolk then went on a roll to score three-straight second period goals and cap it off with one in the third to open up a 6-1 lead over the B-Sens.
Matt Keith, Eric Meloche and Jason Wisniewski found the back of the net in the middle frame while Martin St. Pierre picked up his second point of the game with Norfolk’s sixth and final goal of the game just 1:21 into the final period of play.
Binghamton would get one more when rookie Cody Bass cut the game to 6-2 at the 15:13 mark of the third period. Brett Clouthier and Danny Bois each picked up the helpers on Bass’ first professional goal.
Billy Thompson started between the pipes for the Senators, but was pulled after allowing five goals on 19 shots in 31:25 of action. Kelly Guard made turned away 16 of 17 shots in his 28:31 of relief duty. Adam Munro stopped 30 of 32 shots in the victory.
Binghamton was 1 for 3 on the power play, while the Admirals scored once in 6 opportunities.
The Sens headed back north immediately following the game en route to Hershey, PA. The Sens will hit the ice again on Saturday night with a 7:00 p.m. tilt against the Bears. Binghamton will close out its season on home-ice with a 5:05 p.m. contest with the Albany River Rats. Ticket information is available by called 722-SENS.