By Ken Peacock
Mike Vernace scored twice in the second period to tie the game, but that is where the offense ended as the Admirals lost to the Binghamton Senators in a Shoot out.
The first period was all Binghamton as former Admiral and current Senator Captain Mark Parrish scored on a partial break away. The Sen’s would score once again with less than 5 minutes left in the first when Josh Godfrey sent a long pass from the Norfolk Zone to Andre Petersson who then sent the puck past Admirals goalie, Jaroslav Janus for a 2-0 lead going into the locker room. Binghamton lead after one period. Norfolk appeared to have little interest in putting shots on the Senator net and were out-shot by the Senators 16-5. Both teams were still wound up from the previous night and the first period saw Admiral and Senator players squaring off to get their frustrations out. The Senators Lessard who was surely asking for a dance the game before was scratched, but Tim Conboy stepped up to play agitator. Pierre-Cedric Labrie, Mark Barberio, and even Carter Ashton got their names on the dance card. Ashton and Conboy got into a scrum. It was broke up once, but Tim Conboy decided to go for extra credit and knocked Ashton to the ground while the linesman was holding Ashton.
Things seemed to settle down in the second period after the penalty filled first period. The action went back and forth for most of the period until The Admirals Mike Vernace scored twice on Robin Lehner within two minutes to tie the game. These were the first two goals of the Season for Vernace. The Admirals finished the period out shooting the Senators 17-15.
The third period had the Admirals racking up 15 shots to the Senators 5. Both teams were scoreless in the third and scoreless at the end of overtime. The bottom fell out the Admirals game in the shootout as none of the Norfolk players were able to score on Lehner. The Senators Hoffman and Peterson both scored on Janus to seal a Senator Victory on the night.
A few observations from my seat. Jaroslav Janus played a pretty good game. Made a few key saves to keep the Admirals in the game. JJ is looking good this season. What has happened to Radko Gudas? He was on the ice and the only time I even noticed him was when he let the Senators get the best of him. Not a good night for Radko tonight. Let’s hope that this type of night does not continue to be a problem for him. How about the attendance for last night? There was an announced crowd of 3812, but I would even question that.
Tonight the Admirals are starting a 7 game road trip in Charlotte against the Checkers. Scope will be sitting empty until November 9 when the WB/S Penguins make their first visit to Norfolk for the 2011/2012 season. That gives you plenty of time to get a good seat and support the Admirals.
Binghamton Senators 3 (SO) at Norfolk Admirals 2 – Status: Final SO
Saturday, October 22, 2011 – Norfolk Scope
Binghamton 2 0 0 1 – 3
Norfolk 0 2 0 0 – 2
1st Period-1, Binghamton, Parrish 5 (Wiercioch, Lehner), 10:06 (PP). 2, Binghamton, Petersson 1 (Godfrey, Lehner), 15:14. Penalties-Conboy Bng (roughing), 3:27; Barberio Nor (slashing), 5:56; Gudas Nor (hooking), 9:21; Borowiecki Bng (fighting), 10:28; Conboy Bng (fighting), 10:28; Barberio Nor (fighting), 10:28; Labrie Nor (fighting), 10:28; Hoffman Bng (tripping), 13:47; Vernace Nor (hooking), 14:44; Conboy Bng (roughing, fighting), 19:59; Ashton Nor (fighting), 19:59; Gryba Bng (fighting), 20:00; Angelidis Nor (fighting), 20:00.
2nd Period-3, Norfolk, Vernace 1 (Picard, Smith), 17:21 (PP). 4, Norfolk, Vernace 2 (Labrie, Smith), 18:55. Penalties-Dziurzynski Bng (fighting), 10:21; Gryba Bng (high-sticking), 10:21; Dimmen Nor (fighting), 10:21; Wiercioch Bng (slashing), 16:17; Gryba Bng (misconduct – unsportsmanlike conduct), 18:01.
3rd Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties
OT Period- No Scoring.Penalties-No Penalties
Shootout – Binghamton 2 (Hamilton NG, Filatov NG, Hoffman G, Petersson G), Norfolk 0 (Smith NG, Palat NG, Tyrell NG, Picard NG).
Shots on Goal-Binghamton 16-15-5-2-1-39. Norfolk 5-17-15-2-0-39.
Power Play Opportunities-Binghamton 1 / 3; Norfolk 1 / 5.
Goalies-Binghamton, Lehner 3-2-0 (39 shots-37 saves). Norfolk, Janus 2-0-1 (38 shots-36 saves).
Referees-Marcus Vinnerborg (45).
Linesmen-Mark Hamlett (81), Bill Lyons (27).
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