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Admirals top Binghamton for series split
Admirals top Binghamton for series split

NORFOLK

After a night of mistake-laden hockey, the Admirals turned on their game Saturday.

Peter Holland scored twice, and Hampus Lindholm and Kyle Palmieri each scored once in a 4-2 win over Binghamton at Scope to split a weekend series.

Blasted by coach Trent Yawney for their play Friday, the Admirals came out with a 26-shot first-period performance, tying a five-year-old franchise record. Among them were goals by Holland and Lindholm, at 18 the youngest player in the AHL and the youngest Admiral ever to score.

"We wanted to have a fast start and get them back on their heels," Holland said. "At the morning skate, we addressed some things that needed to be fixed. We did that in the first period."

Yawney had noticed the Admirals had been outshot in every game since the opening night win over Worcester, and they had won some games in which they had to overcome their own mistakes.

"Yawns said, 'Winning is a great deodorant for some of the stink that was getting into our game there,' " Holland said.

Scope Arena was a bit more fragrant Saturday.

But the Admirals' quest for a 60-minute game hit a wall in the second period, when Binghamton's Andre Benoit scored from a tough angle at 3:50. It punctuated a run in which the Senators twice won pucks from Admirals to stay on offense.

That was matched when Kyle Palmieri kept the puck alive behind the Binghamton goal. Luca Caputi ended up with it and sent a pass to Holland, who flashed into the crease and sent a shot behind Senator goalie Ben Bishop to make it 3-1.

"I was just trying to get past my man and Luca made a great pass and I just took a whack at it," Holland said. Still, Binghamton outshot the Admirals 16-5 in the period and 34-18 after the opening salvo.

"We kind of got back on our heels in the second period," Holland said. "We had to just take a deep breath and get back to what we were doing."

The Senators could get no closer. Palmeiri's shot from the left circle made it 4-1 in the final period. It was matched by Patrick Wiercloch's push from in close for the game's final goal.

Yawney was happy with the results after grousing only 24 hours earlier.

"They weren't very happy with the way they played," he said. "This just shows how good they can be when they want to be."

The two-goal reward for the 26-shot opening period helped mightily.

"Any time you get rewarded like that is a good thing," Yawney said. "But we did a lot of good things to create those scoring chances, things we hadn't done in the previous game. We won a lot of loose-puck battles."

Many of those were won by the Chris Wagner-Jay Rosehill-Troy Brodie line, which did not generate a point, but which kept pressure on Binghamton in its own end of the ice.

"The rest of the lines kind of followed them," Yawney said.

It was the Admirals' sixth win in eight games going into a four-game trip that begins Wednesday in Bridgeport.

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