By Ken Peacock
Norfolk gets goals from five different Admirals in a 5-1 victory over the Binghamton Senators (9-15-1-1) tonight at the Broome County Veteran’s Memorial Arena. With the win, Norfolk (15-9-0-1) is now tied for first in the East Division with the WB/S Penguins and Hershey Bears.
The Admirals scored first on a Michel Ouellet goal at 7:09 of the first period. Trevor Smith passed the puck from behind the goal line to Ouellet. Ouellett sent a one-timer into the net and past Senator Goalie, Robin Lehner. This was Ouellet’s fifth goal of the season and first goal since missing 15 games due to an injury.
Binghamton tied the game at 1-1 halfway into the second period on a Andre Petersson shot from the right faceoff circle that beat Tokarski. The remainder of the period was all Admirals as Matt Fornataro scored his first goal of the season at 13:39. Five minutes later Mike Kostka would score his first goal as an Admiral at 18:47. With 20 seconds remaining Cory Conacher made it 4-1 with a goal from the left slot that slid between the legs of Lehner and into the net.
Norfolk put the game to bed with a its fifth goal at 18:38 of the third period. Trevor Smith took the puck from the right corner and shot it into the net for his eleventh goal of the year. Smith closed out the night with a goal and two assists.
Dustin Tokarski (10-5-0) stopped 21 of 22 shots for his fifth win in a row. Robin Lehner (6-10-1) stopped 34 of 39 shots for the loss. Norfolk was 2-3 on the power play. Binghamton was 0-3.
Both teams meet again tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m. The Admirals will then move on for a Sunday meeting with the Hershey Bears.
Norfolk Admirals 5 at Binghamton Senators 1 – Status: Final
Friday, December 9, 2011 – Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
Norfolk 1 3 1 – 5
Binghamton 0 1 0 – 1
1st Period-1, Norfolk, Ouellet 5 (Smith), 7:09. Penalties-Ashton Nor (roughing), 2:31; Armstrong Bng (roughing), 2:31; Kostka Nor (boarding), 3:01.
2nd Period-2, Binghamton, Petersson 8 (Cannone, Gryba), 9:30. 3, Norfolk, Fornataro 1 (Smith, Devos), 13:39 (PP). 4, Norfolk, Kostka 3 18:47. 5, Norfolk, Conacher 13 (Labrie), 19:40. Penalties-Picard Nor (tripping), 2:02; Hamilton Bng (tripping), 5:24; Klinkhammer Bng (boarding), 12:18; Kostka Nor (hooking), 16:27.
3rd Period-6, Norfolk, Smith 11 (Conacher, Barberio), 18:38 (PP). Penalties-Armstrong Bng (boarding), 16:46.
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 6-18-15-39. Binghamton 8-10-4-22.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 2 / 3; Binghamton 0 / 3.
Goalies-Norfolk, Tokarski 10-5-0 (22 shots-21 saves). Binghamton, Lehner 6-10-1 (39 shots-34 saves).
Referees-Chris Cozzan (18).
Linesmen-Brian Lemon (25), John Everett (82).
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