Admirals Put up Season-High Seven Goals in Win over Senators
BINGHAMTON, N.Y. - The Norfolk Admirals recorded a season-high seven goals Tuesday night as they topped the Binghamton Senators, 7-4, at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.
The Admirals took advantage quickly in the first period. Antoine Laganiere skated up the right wall before rushing across the goal line. Laganiere slammed on the brakes and curled in front of the net to stuff the puck just past the right pad of netminder Scott Greenham at 3:44 for his 11th goal of the season.
Less than a minute later, the Senators answered to even the score. A turnover in the Admirals' zone landed on Chris Wideman's stick. Wideman wristed a shot from the wall that was initially saved by LaBarbera. However, Darren Kramer scooped up the rebound and pushed it between the legs of the goaltender to tie the game at one at 4:26.
The Admirals regained the lead four minutes later. On the man-advantage, Brandon Montour sent a pass up to Max Friberg. Friberg advanced to the right dot and sent the puck to the far post. A trailing Mike Sgarbossa caught it on his tape and flicked a shot past Greenham to put the Admirals up, 2-1, at 8:14.
Dave Steckel extended the Admirals' lead as Ty Loney, making his professional debut, sent the puck from the left wing circle to Steckel. The captain wound up and one-timed a shot that whistled underneath the arm of Greenham to give the Admirals a two-goal lead at 15:44. Mark Fistric earned the secondary assist, and Norfolk took the 3-1 score into the first intermission.
Just 3:26 into the second period, the Admirals added another to go up 4-1 over the Senators. Sgarbossa found his way to the bottom of the left circle and elevated the puck over the shoulder of Greenham into the top corner. Robbie Czarnik and Josh Manson recorded the helpers on Sgarbossa's tally.
Binghamton got back on the board at 9:52 of the second period to cut the deficit once more. The Senators snagged the puck up at the center line, and Alex Guptill took it into the zone. Guptill mishandled the puck in close on the backhand, but Danny Hobbs scooped it up at the hashmarks. Hobbs wristed it to beat LaBarbera.
A power-play goal pulled Binghamton within one of the visiting team. Team points leader Shane Prince bumped a pass from the right ring across the slot to the left side of the net. Cole Schneider was there to redirect it into the twine, making it a 4-3 game with 3:15 remaining in the period.
In the last three minutes, the Admirals tacked on two to take a commanding 6-3 lead. Loney earned his first professional goal when he snapped one in from the dot at 17:26, followed by Laganiere's second of the game at 19:01. The Admirals went into the second intermission up three.
Carter Camper got in on the scoring 3:50 into the third to bring the score to 6-4, Admirals. Prince sent the puck in front of the net to Camper open at the backdoor. Camper finished past an out-of-position LaBarbera who would surrender his last of the evening.
Norfolk put it out of reach when Friberg threaded a pass to Charlie Sarault with 2:05 remaining in regulation. Sarault tapped in the puck behind Chris Driedger, who took over for Greenham in relief. Montour got his second assist of the night, capping the game for the Admirals at 7-4.
Greenham stopped 20 of 26 Norfolk shots, and Driedger saved seven of the eight shots that he faced. LaBarbera turned aside 19 of Binghamton's 23 attempts. The Admirals went 1-for-6 on the power play, and Binghamton went 1-for-3 while a man-up.
The Admirals finish their road trip with a back-to-back in Lehigh Valley this weekend, beginning Friday evening at 7:05 p.m.
1) NOR #18 Mike Sgarbossa (2 G, 1 A)
2) NOR #29 Ty Loney (1 G, 2 A)
3) NOR #28 Antoine Laganiere (2 G)
NOTES ... This is the first time the Admirals have scored three goals in the first period since opening night; their seven goals were the most in any game this season ... Laganiere has four goals in his last four games ... John Kurtz skated in his 200th game as an Admiral ... With three points tonight, Mike Sgarbossa now has 100 points in his professional career ... Robbie Czarnik has a point in three of the seven games he's played since signing a PTO on March 17 .. Steckel has four points in his last six games ... Charlie Sarault has three goals in his last seven games ... Max Friberg's three assists are the most by an Admiral in any one game this season; he also has 12 points (4g, 7a) in his last nine games ... The 11 combined goals tonight were the most scored in any Admirals' game this season.
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