B-Sens Split Series in Norfolk
The Binghamton Senators split back-to-back game against the Norfolk Admirals on the road this weekend, losing Friday night 5-0 but coming back strong on Saturday with a 4-1 win.
On Friday night, Andrew Hammond made his first start of the year in net and allowed five goals on just 14 shots all in the first period. Nathan Lawson relieved Hammond as play got underway in period number two.
Despite not allowing another goal, the Sens could not find any offensive momentum and were shut out for the first time this season.
The B-Sens were in penalty trouble for most of the first period, leading to the lopsided score as the horn sounded. The Admirals' Alex Grant scored three goals for the hat-trick in the first period.
The second period was uneventful as both teams went scoreless and the period was relatively penalty free. The third period was anything but, and penalties stacked up for both teams. Frustrations rose and the penalties caused a stalemate in the third.
Despite outshooting Norfolk 22-10 after the first period, the Sens just could not get going offensively.
Saturday night was a different story. The Baby Sens rebounded with an all around great team effort.
Darren Kramer started off the scoring for the Sens eight minutes into the first with a blast from the point. Eleven seconds in to the second period, Andre Petersson beat John Gibson in front to go up 2-0. Norfolk's Rickard Rakell broke up the shut out 13 minutes into the second period.
Grant scored his second of the season and Jim O'Brien added an empty-netter to seal the 4-1 defeat on Saturday. Nathan Lawson was sharp in net stopping 23 of 24. The Sens are now 2-1 on the young season.
Up next for Binghamton is a home-and-home series with rival Syracuse, with Friday's game at the War Memorial and Satuday's game at the Arena.