3-2 OT Victory Over The Senators Pushes The Streak To 27.

Photo: John Wright

BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – Mark Barberio’s power play goal 2:04 into overtime completed a comeback from a one-goal, third period deficit as the Norfolk Admirals (54-18-1-2) defeated the Binghamton Senators (29-41-4-2), 3-2, on Saturday night at the Broome County Veteran’s Memorial Arena. The win extended Norfolk’s North American professional hockey record to 27 consecutive wins.

Photo: Casey Staff

The Admirals will conclude the 2011-12 regular season tomorrow in Glens Falls, New York, with a 5:00 p.m. matchup against the Adirondack Phantoms.

Alex Killorn tied the game at 2-2 midway through the third period and assisted on a Cory Conacher goal late in the first period. Dustin Tokarski (32-11-0) stopped 22 of 24 shots to run his personal winning streak to 13 games. The game was just the second non-regulation win of Norfolk’s 27-game winning streak.

The Admirals took a 1-0 lead late in the first period. Killorn sent a no-look, behind-the-back pass to Conacher in the right faceoff circle. Conacher sent a shot past the outstretched glove of Binghamton goaltender Mike McKenna for his 36th goal of the season at 19:24.

Binghamton took a 2-1 lead after two goals late in the second period. The Senators tied the game at 1-1 with a power play goal at 15:17. Eric Gryba sent a pass from the right point to Mark Hoffman at the left point. Hoffman then sent a slap shot through traffic and past Tokarski.

Binghamton went ahead, 2-1, less than two minutes later. After accepting a pass from Tim Conboy, Matt Puempel wound up for a slap shot from the top of the left circle that eluded Tokarski at 17:13. McKenna made 28 saves on 29 shots to hold Norfolk to just one goal through two periods.

Photo: Casey Staff

However, the Admirals tied the game at 2-2 on Killorn’s second professional goal. The rookie who recently joined Norfolk from Harvard University entered the attacking zone along the left wing and sped around a defenseman in the left circle. He then deked to his backhand as he cut across the top of the crease and slipped a shot around McKenna’s left leg at 13:21 for a power play goal.

Norfolk out-shot Binghamton, 19-3, in the third period, but Killorn’s shot was the only one to get past McKenna as the game required overtime.

Tim Conboy was whistled for hooking 1:27 into overtime to give the Admirals their fifth power play of the game. Just moments after Mike Kostka hit the post, he sent a pass to Barberio at the left point. Barberio’s shot through traffic found its mark for his 14th goal of the season and the 3-2 Norfolk win.

McKenna (14-22-1) stopped 46 of 49 shots in the defeat.

Norfolk was 2-for-5 on the power play. Binghamton was 1-for-3.

Norfolk Admirals 3 (OT) at Binghamton Senators 2 – Status: Final OT
Saturday, April 14, 2012 – Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena

Norfolk         1 0 1 1 – 3
Binghamton 0 2 0 0 – 2

1st Period-1, Norfolk, Conacher 36 (Killorn), 19:24. Penalties-Lessard Bng (hooking), 9:52; Oberg Nor (high-sticking), 15:32.

2nd Period-2, Binghamton, Hoffman 21 (Gryba, Dziurzynski), 15:17 (PP). 3, Binghamton, Puempel 1 (Conboy), 17:13. Penalties-Oberg Nor (interference), 4:06; Conacher Nor (roughing), 14:26; Borowiecki Bng (roughing), 18:50.

3rd Period-4, Norfolk, Killorn 2 (Oberg, Kostka), 13:21 (PP). Penalties-served by Puempel Bng (bench minor – too many men), 2:44; Dziurzynski Bng (goaltender interference), 11:56.

OT Period-5, Norfolk, Barberio 14 (Kostka), 2:04 (PP). Penalties-Conboy Bng (hooking, misconduct – abuse of officials), 1:27.

Shots on Goal-Norfolk 17-12-19-1-49. Binghamton 6-14-3-1-24.
Power Play Opportunities-Norfolk 2 / 5; Binghamton 1 / 3.
Goalies-Norfolk, Tokarski 32-11-0 (24 shots-22 saves). Binghamton, McKenna 14-22-1 (49 shots-46 saves).

A-4,511
Referees-Jeff Smith (49), T.J. Luxmore (47).
Linesmen-Andy Petrus (26), John Everett (82).

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I'm not the average hockey nut. It took a bit to grow, but when it did it was like a drug flowing in my veins. I am a season ticket holder of the Norfolk Admirals, longtime supporter of the Washington Capitals, and part time supporter of the Anaheim Ducks (It's hard, but it can be done). My blog is a result of the lack of good sources of Admirals information and happenings. Our paper provides very weak coverage and there is only so much the Admirals themselves can do. There are not to many blogs that cover the Admirals, and when they do it is just rehashed information from the club, the AHL. Nine times out of ten the blogger doesn't even live in the area or go to the games. So what do I want to do? Hmm...good question. I would use this as an outlet for getting out information about the Admirals. Not necessarily the information provided by official channels, but news and information from a fans point of view. Hopefully this is something I can accomplish. I am open to criticism, comments, contributions of infomation for the site. Thank You and Welcome......

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