The Binghamton Senators were on the wrong end of history on Saturday night, as they watched the Norfolk Admirals explode for six goals in the second period en route to a 7-4 win at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
The six goals were a single period record for Norfolk and it tied a record for the most goals given up by the B-Sens.
“I don’t think I’ve ever been behind the bench when we’ve been scored on six times in a period,” said Binghamton coach Kurt Kleinendorst. “We just totally self-destructed. We lost every battle and they had the puck the whole time.”
Binghamton jumped out to a 1-0 lead behind back-up goaltender Barry Brust, who was pelted with shots in the first period, but was able to stand tall, making some acrobatic saves along the way.
Captain Ryan Keller rewarded him with a great goal on a feed from Corey Locke, who raced down the left side and fed Keller in front, who beat Admirals goalie Dustin Tokarski.
That lead stood up as the first horn sounded and Brust had 13 saves under his belt.
The second period was one for the ages and unfortunately, it was one the B-Sens’ would like to forget. The only Binghamton highlight came 1:06 into the period, when Cody Bass dropped the gloves against 6-foot-8 Vladimir Mihalik, who had about seven inches on the B-Sens center. Bass definitely showed well in the fight.
From there, it was a track meet, as goals were coming fast-and-furious. Troy Milam finally solved Brust 5:16 into the period, when he was able to push one in, when Brust was sprawled on his back.
Less than three minutes later, Jim O’Brien tallied to put the B-Sens up 2-1. Kaspars Daugavins and David Hale assisted. It was Hale’s first point in a Binghamton sweater. Norfolk evened things up again 1:41later when Ty Wishart beat Brust, making it 2-2.
The Admirals grabbed their first lead of the night when Blair Jones lit the lamp at the 13:56 mark. The lead was short-lived because Bobby Butler whistled one past Tokarski 1:25 later, to knot things up at three. Locke and Keller got the helpers.
It took only 14 seconds for Binghamton to regain the lead, as O’Brien notched his second of the game. Andre Benoit was credited with the only assist and Binghamton’s final lead of the night was 4-3.
The equalizer followed just 25 seconds later, as Milam struck again, taking advantage of what looked like a tired bunch of Senators.
Jones gave Norfolk a 5-4 lead when he scored the game-winner only 24 seconds later, as Brust just didn’t seem to have his bearings. Mike Angelidis extended the lead to two 1:13 later. In short, between the 15:31 mark of the second period and the 17:47 mark, four goals were scored and three of those belonged to Norfolk.
The final tally of the night came with 2:03 left when Matt Fornataro found the back of the net.
It was definitely a tough night for Brust in his B-Sens debut, as he stopped 32 of 39 shots, but Kleinendorst was quick to defend his performance, as he was under fire all night.
“There were times Barry didn’t get a whole lot of help,” he said. “But we’re not gonna pin this one on him, it was a team effort.”
On a night like this, much of the credit has to go to the visitors and that was not lost on Kleinendorst.
“They did a nice job of shutting us down,” he said. “At the same time, I just don’t think we really had our legs. All those loose pucks we were getting to last night, we weren’t first touching tonight. That second period was almost in reverse of last night.”
This certainly wasn’t the type of game that Kleinendorst wanted to end the weekend with, but he made it clear that the season is young and there are 78 more games to go.
“I said I wasn’t going to get too high after (Friday) night’s win, and I’m not going to get too low after (Saturday night’s) loss,” Kleinendorst said. “But we have to learn a lesson and I think we did.”
B-Sens captain Ryan Keller shared his thoughts on the forgettable second stanza.
“It was a strange period,” he said. “Anytime you give up six goals in a period, you’re probably not going to be on top of the scoresheet at the end of it. We got too cute with the puck a few times.”
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Binghamton will now look forward to next Friday. when they host the defending Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears at 7:05 pm at the arena.
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