Game II of the weekend series between host Norfolk Admirals and the Binghamton Senators returns to the Scope tonight as the Senators look to increase their first place lead in their division. In last night’s 5-2 win playoff intensity was apparent for two periods of play before Binghamton exploded netting four unanswered goals adding to their league best 231 goals averaging 3.67 per game. Scott Greenham (2-0-0, 2.50) will be in between the pipes for his second straight start and will be searching for his third win of the year. Also, the Penguins will be hosting the Comets as they continue their torrid pace right behind the Senators.
(37-21-1-4) 79 pts
First in East Division
(34-22-1-7) 76 pts
Third in East Division
Binghamton would like no better than a repeat performance from last night to distance themselves from Norfolk in the division. All bets assured will be Norfolk come flying right out of the gate as they look to split the two game series. An important piece of the puzzle missing for the Ads was forward Emerson Etem and his 42 points, but he has been returned to Norfolk following his recent call up to Anaheim and should be available for tonight’s contest.
Shane Prince‘s celebratory bear hug to newcomer defenseman Alex Grant was a joy to watch after cementing his third period tally. It shows the team has embraced the newcomer in Grant and seems to be genuine. That’s a great sign as chemistry amongst one another is such a fine line and could mean the difference between winning and losing in the long season.
Interesting choice of words from head coach Trent Yawney to Jim Hodges of the Virginian-Pilot after the loss;
Asked about the third-period, Admirals coach Trent Yawney countered, “what about the second period? There was no reason for that play. They didn’t score on the rush, and we were in total control of the period.”
“We had the puck in the offensive zone with a lot of ice, and we turned it over trying to be a Globetrotter,” Yawney said. “You can’t do that. Our team can’t do that. When we do that, we’re asking for trouble.”
Globetrotter, eh? That’s a first but I love the reference he was implying.
Players To Watch For
Norfolk: Forwards Devante Smith-Pelly (25g 16a 51gms) and Max Friberg (14g 19a 62gms), Defenseman Jesse Blacker (6g 16a 43gms).
Binghamton: Forward Shane Prince (18g 18a 56gms) and Cole Schneider (19g 28a 57gms), Defenseman Mike Sdao (145 pim).
Sens are 4-1-0-0 this season against the Ads with two games remaining after tonight, both remaining in Binghamton.
Current Playoff Picture
- Percentage of reaching the playoffs: 99.1%
- Overall position (out of 100%) : 8th in the league
- Won or loss after last game +/-: +0.9 (W over Norfolk).
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Cover photo courtesy of Matt Trayling.