12/18/2009 11:09 PM
NORFOLK, V.A - After dropping the first of two games this weekend at the Scope the Senators avoided the sweep Saturday night by defeating the Admirals 5-4. The Senators, unable to produce offensively in their 3-1 loss last night, capitalized on strange caroms off the boards and traffic in front of the net to split the series with the Admirals, and to regain their third place spot in the East Division.
The Senators, whose only goal came with five minutes to go in regulation on Friday, jumped out in front six minutes into the first period. After serving a delay of game penalty, B-Sens defenseman Geoff Kinrade skated out of the penalty box and picked up a loose puck just inside the Binghamton blue line. Leading an attack into the Admirals zone, Kinrade held up at the left circle and blasted a slap shot past goaltender Riku Helenius to put Binghamton up 1-0.
The Admirals answered back before the end of the period on the power play. Ads defenseman Ty Wishart launched a shot from the right point that was stopped by B-Sens goaltender Chris Holt. The shot rebounded off Holt’s chest and winger Martins Karsums swatted home the bouncing puck to tie the game at one at the 16:36 mark.
Five minutes into the second period, Kaspars Daugavins helped regain the lead for the Senators. Erik Condra took a slap shot from the point that went wide of the net. The puck ricocheted off the boards and came out on the other side of the net where Daugavins cradled the puck and lifted a backhander short side to put the Senators up 2-1.
At the 12:54 mark of the second period, B-Sens’ forward Zack Smith was called for the team’s second delay of game penalty of the night. Before the announcement of the penalty was completed, Admirals defenseman Ty Wishart blasted a shot from the point right off the faceoff to beat Holt eight seconds into the power play to tie the game at two a piece.
Binghamton capitalized on a power play of their own a minute and a half later. Martin St. Pierre brought the puck into the Admirals zone, turned and slid a pass from the right circle to captain Denis Hamel, who roofed a shot from the slot over the glove of Helenius.
Binghamton added to their lead by scoring their quickest goal to start a period this season, as Zack Smith netted a goal just fifteen seconds into the third period. Off the face-off Ryan Keller dumped a hard shot into the Norfolk zone. The puck took a strange bounce off the corner boards that caromed towards the slot where Smith ripped a slap shot past a surprised Helenius to give the B-Sens a two-goal lead.
But the Admirals climbed back into the game in the third period. The B-Sens had the man advantage on the power play midway through the third, but captain Denis Hamel was called for a tripping call. Norfolk capitalized on the 4-on-4 play, as winger Juraj Simak chipped in a rebound in front of the net for his second goal of the weekend, and to cut the B-Sens lead to 4-3.
The Admirals tied it up with just four minutes remaining in regulation off a deflection from center Ryan Craig. Defenseman Scott Jackson blasted a shot from the point through traffic, and Craig was there to redirect the puck over Holt’s shoulder to push the game towards overtime.
But it was Derek Smith who notched the game winner as he fired a low shot ten feet inside the Norfolk blue line, surprising Helenius with just two and a half minutes left in the third.
The Admirals had one last chance to tie the game, as Derek Smith received a double minor high-sticking penalty after giving the Sens the lead. But the Senators were able to thwart the 6-on-4 threat and hold on for the win.
The B-Sens take on the Adirondack Phantoms the day after Christmas, Dec. 26, back home at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. Drop of the puck is at 7:05 PM.
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