October 15, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Friday, Oct. 11: Norfolk 5, Binghamton 0
Shots: Norfolk 24, Binghamton 33
PP: Norfolk 4 for 12, Binghamton 0 for 6
The Binghamton Senators played its first road game of the 2013-2014 campaign and suffered a 5-0 loss to East Division rival, the Norfolk Admirals.
In his first start of the season, Sens goalie Andrew Hammond surrendered all five goals in only twenty minutes of action. Norfolk’s Devante Pelly-Smith started the scoring 5:44 into the opening period on a shorthanded tally. From there the Admirals added four power-play goals, three from defensemen Alex Grant, in a span of 4:58 to end the period.
Nathan Lawson came in as relief for the Sens to start the second period, but by then the damage had been done. Lawson was perfect, stopping all ten shots he faced the rest of the way, however the Sens could not get their offense going all night, despite outshooting Norfolk 33-24.
Fredrik Andersen played flawless for the Admirals stopping all 33 B-Sens shots in route to his second victory of the season. Both teams combined for 120 penalty minutes.
Saturday, Oct. 12: Norfolk 1, Binghamton 4
Shots: Norfolk 24, Binghamton 30
PP: Norfolk 0 for 2, Binghamton 0 for 3
The B-Sens rebounded in a big way Saturday night in route to a 4-1 win over Norfolk. Playing in his first game of the season, Darren Kramer got the Senators rolling when he took a feed from Matt Puempel in the middle of the circles and blasted home his second career American Hockey League tally at 7:59 of the first period. Nathan Lawson continued his netminding duties from the night before, stopping five Norfolk shots while John Gibson took over goaltending for the Admirals and squashed eight of the nine Senators chances in the first period.
After intermission it took the B-Sens just eleven seconds to get things rolling again. Off the opening faceoff of the second period, Mika Zibanejad carried the puck deep into the Admiral’s zone and crossed a pass to Mike Hoffman who found a charging Petersson. Petersson painted the top shelf before Gibson had a moment to react, doubling the B-Sens lead to 2-0. Norfolk would cut that lead to one before the end of the period on a goal from Rickard Rakell at 18:02. The B-Sens outshot the Admirals 13-6 in the period.
The final period was the only one Norfolk generated more shots on net than Binghamton, however Lawson played alert and turned away all 13 chances the Admirals sent his way. Derek Grant extended the Sens lead to 3-1 at 4:35 off a feed from David Dziurzynski. Jim O’Brien added a shorthanded empty netter with under a minute remaining to secure the 4-1 victory and send Binghamton back home with two points and a series split.
Nathan Lawson stopped 23 of 24 shots faced to earn his second victory of the year. Gibson made 26 saves on 29 shots faced in the losing effort.
Standings: The B-Sens are currently in third place in the East Division with four points. Norfolk sits in second with five, while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton holds the top spot with six points and a perfect 3-0 record.
Friday, Oct. 18 @ Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay Lightning) – 7 p.m.
Saturday, Oct. 19 vs. Syracuse Crunch (Tampa Bay Lightning) – 7:05 p.m.
The Senators will head up Interstate 81 on Friday for the first contest of the home-and-home series with their East Division rival, the Syracuse Crunch. Saturday will have the B-Sens hosting the Crunch in a 7:05 p.m. matchup.
This will be the second and third of 10 total meetings between the teams this year. The B-Sens opened its 2013-2014 campaign at home versus the Crunch with a 4-3 come-from-behind overtime victory.
Syracuse currently trails the Senators by one point for third place in the East Division with a 1-1-1-0 record.
Sunday, Oct. 20 @ Bridgeport Sound Tigers (New York Islanders) – 3:00 p.m.
The B-Sens will round out its busy weekend with a trip to Connecticut to face Northeast Division foe, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers for a Sunday afternoon contest. This will be the first of two meetings for the teams this year.
Bridgeport currently sits at the bottom of the Northeast Division with two points and a 1-3-0-0 record.
Promotions: The B-Sens will host Concussion Awareness Night presented by United Health Services this Saturday, October 19. Starting at 5:00 p.m. an invite-only seminar will be hosted in the Arena Club, located on the third floor of the Arena. The hour-long seminar will provide area youth and high school coaches valuable information regarding the severity of concussions and other head injuries.
Also Saturday, the B-Sens will host its first of monthly scheduled post-game open skates, presented by Fidelis Care. Fans are invited to bring their skates in after the game and skate around on the same ice as their favorite Senator. All fans who participate in the open skate will receive a FREE drawstring bag.
Through two starts and a two period relief effort this season, Nathan Lawson has stopped 65 of 69 shots faced for a 1.48 Goals Against Average and a 0.942 Save Percentage.
PRACTICE SCHEDULE (Practice times and locations are subject to change) …
Tuesday, Oct. 15 1:15 p.m. – On ice at Broome Community College
Wednesday, Oct. 16 9:00 a.m. – On ice at Broome Community College
Thursday, Oct. 17 9:00 a.m. – On ice at Broome Community College
Friday, Oct. 18 10:00 a.m. – On ice at Broome County Arena
3:30 p.m. – Bus Departs for Syracuse
7:00 p.m. – Binghamton @ Syracuse
War Memorial Arena
Saturday, Oct. 19 10:30 a.m. – On ice at Broome County Arena
7:05 p.m. – Binghamton vs. Syracuse
Broome County Arena
POSTGAME – Bus departs for Bridgeport
Sunday, Oct. 20 3:00 p.m. – Binghamton @ Bridgeport
Webster Bank Arena
Monday, Oct. 21 DAY OFF – NO MEDIA AVAILABILITY
Tuesday, Oct. 22 10:30 a.m. – On ice at Broome County Arena
For more information, please contact:
Joe Battaglini, Director of Media Relations, 607-722-7367