NORFOLK (7) AT BINGHAMTON SENATORS (5)
BINGHAMTON, NY - The reunion of Troy Brouwer, Martin St. Pierre and Brandon Bochenski paid dividends for the Norfolk Admirals (17-6-4-1) on Friday night, as the trio combined for ten points in a 7-5 victory over the Binghamton Senators (9-16-1-2) at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
The addition of leading scorers Martin St. Pierre and Brandon Bochenski to the Norfolk lineup after their recent call-up to the Chicago Blackhawks produced quick results for the Admirals.
Just over a minute into the game, Bochenski broke up a Binghamton breakout in the Senators' zone, leading to a turnover. St. Pierre broke in on Senators' goalie Jeff Glass two-on-one with Troy Brouwer. St. Pierre's initial shot was kicked out by Glass to Brouwer, who sent a shot from the deep slot past the netminder's left leg at 1:13.
The Admirals also welcomed Dustin Byfuglien back to the lineup and the scoresheet on the power play midway through the opening period. The defenseman, who was in his first game following an injury, sent a slap shot from the top of the right faceoff circle past a screened Glass 14:24 into the first period.
The Senators cut the Norfolk lead in half under a minute later. Ryan Vesce sent a shot wide of net that caromed off the end boards and back in front to Jeff Heerema. Binghamton's leading scorer put the puck past an unsuspecting Sebastien Caron for a power play tally at 15:15.
Serge Payer tied the game for the Senators 4:09 into the second period. He entered the Norfolk zone with speed on the right wing and deked a high shot before sending a low wrister through Caron's leg pads from the right faceoff dot.
It took just 1:12 for the Admirals to reclaim the lead on a power play. Brouwer sent the puck from the right half wall to a streaking St. Pierre in the slot. Norfolk's leader in assists took the shot himself this time, causing the goalie's water bottle to fly off top of the net as he dented the twine at 5:21.
Another Brouwer feed led to the Admirals fourth goal of the evening. He sent a cross-crease pass from the bottom of the left circle to Jonas Nordqvist at the opposite post. Nordqvist tapped the puck over the goal line for a power play tally at 14:59.
Norfolk stretched their lead to three with their third power play goal of the contest. Bochenski's shot from the left edge of the right faceoff circle went wide and ricocheted off the dasher boards behind the net to St. Pierre closing in on the left side of the slot. St. Pierre sent a shot from a sharp angle that deflected off Glass' stick and into the net at 18:13.
Just 1:24 into the third period, Cory Pecker tallied a power play marker by banking a shot from the bottom of the left circle off the inside of Caron's left pad and into the net.
The Admirals netted their sixth goal of the match with a strong keep-in play by Matt Keith and Jordan Hendry. After preventing the Senators from sending the puck out of the attacking zone twice, Keith got the puck to Craig MacDonald along the right half wall. The Admirals' captain walked in on new netminder Kelly Guard and deked a forehand shot before sliding a backhander around the sprawling goalkeeper at 4:02.
The goal would prove pivotal in the outcome of the game, as the Senators mounted a comeback charge shortly after MacDonald's goal. Binghamton closed to within two goals nearly three minutes later when Josh Hennessy one-timed an Andrew Ebbett offering past Caron at 6:59 for a power play goal.
Andy Hedlund made it 6-5 when his slap shot from the point on a five-on-three power play found the back of the net at 9:26.
However, the Admirals were able to stave off the Binghamton comeback efforts for the remainder of the final frame. Carl Corazzini cemented the victory with an empty-net goal at 19:48.
Caron (34 shots, 29 saves) picked up the win. Guard (10 shots, 9 saves) played the third period and was saddled with the loss. Glass (29 shots, 24 saves) played 40 minutes and did not receive a decision.
The Admirals were 3-7 on the power play. Binghamton was 4-9.
Norfolk travels to Springfield tomorrow for a 7:05 p.m. contest with the Falcons.
1. Troy Brouwer - NOR
2. Martin St. Pierre - NOR
3. Jeff Heerema - BNG