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Binghamton 5   Norfolk 3
 
While Dusters Throwback Night doesn’t officially take place until December 6th, the crowd of 4,159 fans on hand at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena Wednesday night were treated to old time hockey as the Binghamton Senators snapped a three-game winless skid with a 5-3 victory over Norfolk.

The opening 20 minutes featured a combined 31 shots, four separate bouts, and three goals with the visiting Admirals taking a 2-1 lead to the first intermission break.

Thundering checks filled the Arena all night long, but it was the first period that set the tone for the remaining 40 minutes.

Norfolk’s Ty Jones took on both Dennis Bonvie and Brian McGrattan while the Admirals’ Johnathan Aitken challenged Bonvie and McGrattan later tangled with Shawn Thornton in a first period totaled 44 penalty minutes.

But it was a minor penalty that set the stage for Norfolk’s only lead of the game after the teams had traded even strength markers (Sens’ Denis Hamel and the Ads’ Marty Wildford) 2:29 apart in the first period.

Jan Platil was sent off for high-sticking at 17:34 and Wilford converted on a back door feed a minute into the power play as his second goal of the game was the first time in six games the Admirals scored more than one goal in an entire game.

The Sens evened the score on their first power play chance when Ads’ captain Ajay Baines picked up a high stick minor at 4:13 of the second period.

Chris Kelly, appearing in the lineup for the first time in three games, sent a pass to Andy Hedlund in the high slot.  Hedlund sent a wrister toward the cage that was deflected past Norfolk goalie Craig Anderson by Brian McGrattan for his second of the year to tie the contest at 2-2.

Binghamton regained the lead at 12:05 of the middle period when an odd man rush ended with a tape-to-tape pass from Brooks Laich to Jody Hull in the left circle.  Hull snapped home his first goal as a Senator for a 3-2 advantage.

The resurgent Admirals fought back to tie the game at 3-3 with 58.1 seconds left in the second when Yorick Treille poked a loose puck past Ray Emery and set the stage for the decisive final period.

The game-winner came off of the stick of Sens’ defender Steve Bancroft.  With Josh Langfeld carrying the puck down the left wing and Bancroft awaiting a drop pass, Langfeld lost possession on the play.

A trailing Peter Smrek held the puck at the line and unload a blast that Bancroft got his stick on deflecting it past Anderson for the go ahead goal.  Langfeld drew an assist to extend his career-best point scoring streak to six games.

Binghamton then iced the win when Langfeld made a nifty steal and subsequent pass from his own blue line ahead to Denis Hamel with a half minute left in regulation.

Hamel’s empty-netter was his second of the game and team-leading ninth of the year, cementing Binghamton’s seventh win of the season and pushing its AHL-best point total to 17.

In dropping its sixth straight game, Norfolk outshot Binghamton 35-31.  The Ads were whistled for 32 penalty minutes while the Sens were tagged with 30 minutes.  The resulting power plays had Norfolk going 1x2 while Binghamton was 1x3.

Ray Emery picked up the win in goal in stopping 32 of 35 shots.  Craig Anderson absorbed the loss, making 26 saves on 30 shots.

Next up for the Sens are the St. John’s Maple Leafs, 7-3 victims in Hershey Wednesday night.  The Sens and the Leafs meet for the final time in Binghamton this season when they clash Saturday night at the Arena at 7:05 p.m.



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