Admirals rebound with 4-2 Victory; earning split against Senators.
Written by: Brad Johnson
After falling to the Binghamton Senators last night by a 4-3 score the Admirals were determined to respond in a positive manner. The Admirals came out in the opening period sailing as they would jump out a 2-0 lead while dominating the tempo and outplaying their opponent in all facets of the game including a 26-8 advantage in shots after 20:00.
Hampus Lindholm made a great defensive play as he came across the blue line at the left point while picking off an errant Senators pass; Lindholm skated to the circle and made a quick deke that would catch Fredrik Classon leaning the wrong way, with the defender Claesson on his knees, Lindholm snapped a quickwrist shot into the goal blocker-side behind goaltender Ben Bishop for a 1-0 Admirals lead and his first career AHL marker. The unassisted tally was credited at 9:43.
Norfolk went up 2-0 at 16:52 when Kyle Palmieri fired a slap shot from the right-side circle high off the glass behind the goal, the puck took an Admirals bounce deflecting off the glass and back out between the circles. Holland was the first to reach the puck quickly depositing it into the net behind anunsuspecting Bishop who had no idea where the puck was until it was in the goal behind him.
The Senators would get on the scoreboard at 3:10 of the second period when defenseman Andre Benoit sent a wrist shot to the net from the half wall; Andresen apparently misread the puck as he watched it deflect off his glove and into the back of the net as the harmless shot turned the red light on for the visitors.
Norfolk quickly responded to regain their two-goal advantage just over three minuteslater. Peter Holland pushed the puck past a defender in the right-side corner to Luca Caputi who was waiting behind the Senators net; Holland skated to the goal while Caputi returned a pass that Hollandwould shoot past Bishop for his second of the night at 6:25 of the second period. The Admirals managed just 5 shots on goal in the second period while Andersen faced 16 shots, turning aside 15 of those attempts. At the end of 40:00 of play the Admirals lead 3-1 while holding a 31-24 edge in shots.
The Admirals would see their lead expand to a three-goal advantage at 6:07 of the third period. Holland sent a perfect pass to Palmieri in the near side circle and Palmieri wasted no-time sending a one-timer past theglove of Bishop for a 4-1 lead.
Patrick Wiercioch cut the Senators deficit to 4-2 when he scored low stick-side on Andersen with 11:34 remaining in the contest. The senators had a few more scoring opportunities but were unable to find the equalizers as the Admirals skated away with the 4-2 victory, splitting the weekend series and improving to 6-2 on the season.
3 Stars: Holland, Palmieri, Lindholm
18 year old Hampus Lindholm scored his first career AHL goalat 9:43 of the first period
The Admirals tied a franchise record for most shots in a period. (1st period) Theprevious time Norfolk registered 28 shots in a single period was on 3/17/07 versus Bridgeport.
Did notplay: Gabe Guentzel, John Kurtz, Garrett Klotz, John Mitchell, Matt Smaby.
Attendance:5048 (season high)