NORFOLK (5) VS. BINGHAMTON SENATORS (4)
NORFOLK, VA - The Norfolk Admirals set a franchise record for consecutive home wins as Carl Corazzini's hat trick led the Admirals to a 5-4 victory over Binghamton - their ninth straight win at Scope.
The Admirals struck quickly in the first period, taking just 33 seconds to claim the lead. Corazzini intercepted a Binghamton pass at the left faceoff circle in the Senators' zone. He skated across the slot to the right faceoff circle and fired a shot past goaltender Kelly Guard for a 1-0 Norfolk lead.
The Senators tied the game ten minutes later. Danny Bois collected his own rebound at the bottom of the right circle and sent a shot top shelf on Norfolk netminder Sebastien Caron at 10:50.
Binghamton took a 2-1 lead into the first intermission after Ryan Vesce collected a loose puck behind the Admirals goal line and sent a shot five-hole on Caron at 16:23.
The Senators started the second period with a five-on-three power play and quickly capitalized on the man advantage. Ryan Vesce scored on a one-timer top shelf stick side just 23 seconds into the period to stretch the Binghamton lead to two goals.
Corazzini drew the Admirals to within one with his second tally on the afternoon. He sent an innocent-looking shot from the left half wall on net that Guard attempted to glove and freeze to the ice. However, Guard didn't get his glove completely down and the puck trickled past the goal line at 3:17. Martin St. Pierre assisted on the play to stretch his point-scoring streak to a franchise record-tying ten games.
Binghamton responded four minutes later with another power play one timer, as Andy Hedlund scored at 7:10 to make the score 4-2 in favor of the visitors. After the goal, Corey Crawford replaced Caron in net.
St. Pierre closed the gap to one goal with a shot from the bottom of the right faceoff circle that went through Guard's legs at 7:44. Jeff Glass replaced Guard in the Senators' net after the goal.
Corazzini completed the hat trick ten minutes later to knot the score at 4-4 heading into the third period. As a five-on-three power play expired, Brandon Bochenski sent a pass from the slot to Corazzini at the left half boards. The Admirals' alternate captain sent a shot past Glass' glove hand at 18:30.
The Admirals penalty kill kept Norfolk's victory hopes alive early in the third period as they killed a full seven-minute Binghamton power play in the first half of the final frame. The Admirals took the lead two minutes after the teams went back to even strength.
St. Pierre skated down the right wing and sent a shot on Glass. The goalie stopped the first shot, but St. Pierre found the rebound and stuffed it into the cage at 9:48. The goal would prove to be the game-winner, as Norfolk came back from two two-goal deficits to defeat the Senators 5-4.
Corey Crawford stopped all sixteen shots he faced - including twelve in the third period. He earned his seventh straight home victory, tying the franchise record held by Jeff Maund during the Admirals' first season in the AHL. Jeff Glass picked up the loss as he saved nine of eleven shots in the second and third period. Kelly Guard did not receive a decision and made nine saves on twelve shots in the first and second period.
The Admirals were 2-6 with the man advantage. Binghamton was 2-8 on the power play.
The Admirals return to Scope Tuesday and Wednesday night for a pair of 7:15 battles with the Manchester Monarchs. The squads faced off in New Hampshire a week ago with Norfolk taking an overtime victory on Adam Burish's first pro goal.
1. Carl Corazzini - NOR
2. Martin St. Pierre - NOR
3. Brandon Bochenski - NOR