By Ken Peacock
AHL Rookie Scoring Leader, Cory Conacher, nets 2 goals as as the Norfolk Admirals (16-9-0-1) hands the Binghamton Senators (9-16-1-1) a 5-2 loss, on Saturday night at the Broome County Veteran’s Memorial Arena. Next up for the Admirals are division rivals, Hershey Bears, tonight in Hershey, PA.
Norfolk opened up the scoring on a Trevor Smith goal. At 16:55 of the first period Evan Oberg fed a pass to Smith who promptly put the puck past former Admiral netminder, Mike McKenna. The Senators would answer back two minutes later when former Admirals, Rob Klinkhammer deflected a Stephane Da Costa pass into the neat and past Jaroslav Janus.
Cory Conacher would score his first of two goals on the night at the 8:22 mark of the second. Trevor Smith sent a pass in front of the Senators goal and Conacher collected the pass and beat McKenna for his 14th goal of the season.
Norfolk took a 2-1 lead on Cory Conacher’s 14th goal of the season. Conacher picked up a pass from Smith in the front of the Senators’ crease and sent a shot over a sprawling McKenna and into the top of the right corner of the net at the 8:22 mark of the second period. Late into the second period Carter Ashton and Tyler Johnson would connect to give the Admirals a 3-1 lead. At 17:14 Ashton passed to Johnson who shot to the net. THe puck would deflect of the top of McKenna’s stick and into the back of the net.
Binghamton would make it a 3-2 game at the nine minute mark of the third on a Mike Hoffman power play goal at the 8:58 mark of the third period. Cory Conacher answered back at the 10:08 mark with his second of the night and an assist for Pierre-Cedric Labrie. J.T. Wyman sealed up the game with an unassisted, empty-net shorthanded goal at 18:46 of the final period.
Jaroslav Janus (6-4-1) stopped 15 of 17 shots for the victory. Mike McKenna (3-7-0) stopped 37 of 41 shots for the loss. Norfolk was 1-5 on the power play. Binghamton was 2-5.
The Admirals finish up this short road trip with a match against Hershey tonight and return to action at Scope on Friday against the same Hershey Bears.
Norfolk Admirals 5 at Binghamton Senators 2 – Status: Final
Saturday, December 10, 2011 – Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena
Norfolk 1 2 2 – 5
Binghamton 1 0 1 – 2
1st Period-1, Norfolk, Smith 12 (Oberg, Kostka), 16:55 (PP). 2, Binghamton, Klinkhammer 4 (Da Costa, Cannone), 18:41 (PP). Penalties-Labrie Nor (fighting), 0:02; Borowiecki Bng (fighting), 0:02; Lessard Bng (tripping), 12:37; Borowiecki Bng (high-sticking), 16:20; Labrie Nor (hooking), 18:16.
2nd Period-3, Norfolk, Conacher 14 (Smith, Labrie), 8:22. 4, Norfolk, Johnson 9 (Ashton, Barberio), 17:14. Penalties-Cannone Bng (tripping), 11:55; Picard Nor (slashing), 12:49; Hoffman Bng (slashing), 18:44; Oberg Nor (high-sticking), 19:13.
3rd Period-5, Binghamton, Hoffman 6 (Cannone, Parrish), 8:58 (PP). 6, Norfolk, Conacher 15 (Labrie, Smith), 10:08. 7, Norfolk, Wyman 5 18:46 (SH EN). Penalties-Jackson Nor (fighting), 3:15; Lessard Bng (boarding, fighting), 3:15; Ouellet Nor (interference), 8:18; Palat Nor (roughing), 12:08; Conboy Bng (roughing), 12:08; Panik Nor (high-sticking), 17:50.
Shots on Goal-Norfolk 11-18-13-42. Binghamton 8-3-6-17.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 1 / 5; Binghamton 2 / 5.
Goalies-Norfolk, Janus 6-4-1 (17 shots-15 saves). Binghamton, McKenna 3-7-0 (41 shots-37 saves).
Referees-Jon McIsaac (39).
Linesmen-Chris Allman (11), Jim Harper (59).
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