The Senators would sure like that 1st period back.
B-Sens got shutout at Norfolk 5-0 for their home opener at Scope Arena Friday night. Norfolk’s Alex Grant registered a hat trick in the 1st period alone, all on the powerplay, as Bingo was un-characteristically shorthanded all but 3 minutes in the 1st period. Ads capitalized on rookie goalie Andrew Hammond as it was his first career AHL start for Binghamton letting in 5 goals on 14 shots. 110 total penalty minutes were assessed between the two teams as they play game 2 Saturday night.
Good guys in black weren’t so good. Worst period of hockey I’ve seen in a long time by the B-Sens. Ads scored 4 out 5 on the pp and 1 shorthanded as Bingo found themselves with the revolving penalty door all period. They were penalized 8 times for too many careless errors and creating two 5-3’s in the process. That left starting goaltender Hammond out to dry with little help.
Norfolk’s Devante Smith-Pelly got things rolling with a SH goal, his 2nd of the season at 5:44 that beat a sprawling Hammond right side. The Ads continued on with A. Grant beating a screened Andrew for his first of the period on the PP at 14:41. Shortly after Mika Zibanejad and Mark Borowiecki were in the box, Peter Holland added to the lead making it 3-0 at 15:32. A. Grant then scored his 2nd on the PP at 18:27 and completed his hat trick on what else, the PP at 19:39 making it 5-0 with David Dziurzynski and Michael Sdao in the sin bin. That’s all it would wind up taking as the rest of the game was played out seemingly.
Nathan Lawson gets the nod to start the period to relieve Hammond and was hardly tested with 4 saves, as it seemed Norfolk lead off the gas. Bingo tried with taking shots from all angles as they were getting the puck on net to create some offensive chances on Frederik Anderson but couldn’t capitalize. Anderson ended up with 32 saves. End of period saw Derek Grant tangle with Holland in a wrestling match.
Game has been already decided and both teams are on cruise. Minor fight’s erupt towards the end between the two teams but nothing earth shattering comes from it. Good to get this game over.
-B-Sens powerplay is still non-existent. They’ve had more opportunities being shorthanded then with the man up. Seems like last year’s problems are still there.
-You don’t have a chance when you are shorthanded 2 men 4 seperate times in a game. Also giving up 2 shorty’s in 2 games is not good.
-D. Grant had two shorthanded opportunities as he’s getting his Chris Kelly game down tight lately.
-The Senators all time record is 12-29-2-1 at the Scope. One good thing about back to back games is you get to forget about it quickly and concentrate on the next one as Bingo will get another crack at it.
-Let’s hope for better results Saturday night. Specialty teams must improve.
3 STARS OF THE GAME
#1 Alex Grant
#2 Frederik Andersen
#3 Devante Smith-Pelly
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Next Game: Saturday Night in Norfolk