INSIDE HOCKEY » Norfolk Admirals Get Inside! Mon, 22 Sep 2014 03:49:46 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Photo Gallery: Admirals @ Senators (04/05/14) Mon, 07 Apr 2014 01:18:35 +0000

At Binghamton, New York on 04/05/14, Norfolk Admirals Emerson Etem had a hat trick to help his team defeat the Binghamton Senators by a score of 6 to 3. The “3 Stars of the Game” were #3 BNG Chris Wideman, #2 NOR Steve Eminger, #1 NOR Emerson Etem.  Photos taken by Steve Rusyn for Inside Hockey.

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Photo Gallery: Admirals @ Bears (03/16/14) Mon, 17 Mar 2014 14:41:34 +0000

  At the Giant Center on Saturday, 03/16/14, Norfolk Admirals Emerson Etem had 2 goals and 1 assist to help his team defeat the Hershey Bears by a score of 3 to 2. The “3 Stars of the Game” were #3 HER Michael Latta, #2 NOR Andre Petersson, #1 NOR Emerson Etem.  Photos taken by Steve Rusyn for Inside Hockey.

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Sens Snap Skid Over Rival Admirals Sat, 15 Mar 2014 03:00:08 +0000

BINGHAMTON – It’s been almost a month since the Binghamton Senators were last victorious, but the Sens finally snapped a six game skid, beating the Norfolk Admirals 3-1 Friday night in front of 3409 fans at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. With the win, and a win by the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, the playoff picture shifts with the Pens leading the division and the Senators and Admirals trailing by a point and two, respectively (74, 73, 72).

“It’s better to end the losing streak with a hard fought game,” Senators captain Mark Borowiecki said.

This game was exactly that.

One constant for Binghamton (34-20-1-4, 73 points, 2nd East) has been the start. Despite playing a slower tempo game, Binghamton was able to use their skill and crack through at the 6:19 mark, as David Dziurzynski came in on the right side and rebounded Jean-Gabriel Pageau’s shot from the left point past Brad Theissen and into an open net to make it 1-0 Sens. It was Dziurzynski’s seventh goal of the year, with Cole Schneider getting the secondary assist.

The Sens were able to make it 2-0 at the 14:28 mark, but not without a bit of controversy. The Sens had appeared to score just seconds earlier, but the goal was disallowed. Stephane Da Costa ended up finding the back of the net for real and was credited with his 15th goal of the year. Mark Borowiecki and Chris Wideman received helpers.

To Sens fans dismay, the second period started with a bang. Just 13 seconds in, Norfolk’s (32-20-1-7, 72 points) Devonte Smith-Pelly scored his team leading 22nd goal of the year to cut the lead in half at 2-1. Garnet Exelby and Jsse Blacker assisted on the shocker.

But Binghamton did something they haven’t in a while, clinging to the one goal lead (they dropped a 4 goal lead last Saturday and a 2 goal lead the next day.)

Andrew Hammond stepped up big and the Sens defense was able to keep the ice tilted in their favor. Pageau scored an empty netter, his 13th at 18:52 of the third to seal the Sens first win of March.

Binghamton remains at home to take on the Rochester Americans in the first of an impromptu home-and-home (after a postponement last Wednesday) Saturday, while Norfolk makes the short trip to Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Saturday night.


For Andre Petersson, it was a quiet homecoming. The forward played his entire AHL career in Binghamton before a deadline deal sent him to the division rival Admirals.

“He did a great job for us,” head coach Luke Richardson said. “It’s always sad to see a player go…We thanked him for all of his efforts this year and wished him well. Sometimes new life on a new team is good for a player. It looks like he’s off to a good start.”

Meanwhile, Alex Grant played his former team for the first time Friday.

“Those are nice ones to win,” Grant said of playing his old team. He said he gave the Sens a few pointers:

“Nothing serious. Just little pointers I thought could help the team. Any little tip is always good. I’m sure Petersson did the same thing.”


Mark Borowiecki is the heart and soul of this Senators team. To the point, Borowiecki hadn’t played since the last time the Sens won! Boro’s game was felt immediately:

“Nice to get back on track,” he said.

“People who know a thing or two about the game probably appreciate a defensive defenseman a little more than bloggers or tweeters…

“…That’s the little things that help the team win.”

If Borowiecki reads this article, we appreciate the defensive defensemen here at Inside Hockey.

But it wasn’t without difficulty. Aside from the physical pain, it was rough mentally on Borowiecki:

“No one wants to sit out, especially since it’s a critical time of the year. It’s tough to not have a little bit of control in the outcome of the games,” Borowiecki said.

“It sucks coming down [to the locker room] too. The guys are down in the dumps and you weren’t really out there with them.”


One question that remains to be answered is: What happened to Tyler Eckford? Eckford last played on February 22nd. He had played 32  games, registering 4 assists, a +7, and just 15 PIMS. the defender and British Columbia native is in the second year of a two year contract. For the past week, Eckford’s furnished apartment has sat vacant, with the china neatly stacked on the dining room table. There is no trace of his residence at the apartment, and he was not seen on the ice or off tonight. Eckford was scratched, and a team official said he is out for undisclosed reasons. Coach Luke Richardson clarified postgame that it is not injury related and he is not skating with the team. While it is not officially known, it is unlikely that Eckford will wear a Senators jersey again. Upon checking the rosters of ECHL teams and other AHL teams, he does not appear on another team’s roster. Inside Hockey will continue to follow the story for developments.


3. Mark Borowiecki (BIN)

2. Jean-Gabriel Pageau (BIN) G, A

1. Andrew Hammond (BIN) W, 30 SV

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Photo Gallery: Admirals @ Bears (02/02/14) Mon, 03 Feb 2014 13:45:55 +0000

At the Giant Center on 02/02/14 with the Hershey Bears wearing their Groundhog Day Jersey, Brandon Segal and Jeff Taffe each had a goal and assist to help the Bears defeat the Norfolk Admirals by a score of 3 to 1. The “3 Stars of the Game” were #3 HER Ryan Stoa, #2 HER Jeff Taffe, and #1 HER Brandon Segal. Photos taken by Steve Rusyn for Inside Hockey.

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Photo Gallery: Crunch vs. Admirals (02/01/14) Mon, 03 Feb 2014 13:38:32 +0000

The Syracuse Crunch had to use Allen York in the net as Desjardins and Gudlevskis were called to duty after injuries to Tampa Bay netminders Ben Bishop and Anders Lindback. The Crunch had the upper hand in overtime, but could not put the game away.  York stopped 29 out of 31 shots, but fell short in the shootout competition 3-2.


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Senators Stifle Admirals Wed, 01 Jan 2014 02:59:06 +0000

BINGHAMTON – Despite their poorest start of the season, the Binghamton Senators ended the Norfolk Admirals 3 game winning streak on New Year’s Eve in front of 4,523 fans at the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. Binghamton is now on a five-game winning streak as they enter one of their most grueling portions of the 2013-14 schedule.

It was a scoreless first period, despite the poor showing. Binghamton (19-9-0-3 41 points, 1st East) let loose a season low two shots on John Gibson’s net, to Norfolk’s (16-12-1-4 37 points, 3rd East) 10. The period was chippy, with Zack Stortini taking the first two infractions consecutively. Danny New, Wacey Hamilton, and Cole Schneider contributed to an elongated 5-on-3 penalty kill. The period was capped off by a wrestling match between Nolan Yonkman and Mike Sdao, who now has 98 penalty minutes on the season.

“We weren’t ready for them,” coach Luke Richardson said. “We have a really young D-Corps and he’s the foundation behind them.”

The B-Sens weren’t going to let the bad start get in their way. Gifted a clean slate by Norfolk’s lack of offense and a great night by goalie Nathan Lawson, they took advantage in the second.

“He was great when he needed to be,” Richardson said of Lawson, who started his third straight game.

First, they’d be dealt their first challenge of the game, as Rickard Rakell scored his ninth goal of the year, tying the team lead. Rakell came in front and received the puck in the crease after Emerson Etem’s shot was stopped by Lawson. He caught the Binghamton netminder falling down and scored an easy goal to make it 1-0 Admirals 2:15 into the second.

Just 35 seconds later, at 2:50, Matt Puempel scored his 10th of the year to tie the game at 1. He was fed the puck from Stephane Da Costa and let it rip from the right circle past Gibson.

“It was a nice pass by [Da Costa] and a good play by Sdao to keep the puck in,” Puempel said. “Fortunately I beat a pretty good goalie.”

Binghamton was not done. 15:20 into the second stanza, Andre Petersson got into the act, scoring a trick shot goal from inside the trapezoid on the right side. The puck went off Gibson’s right shoulder and ricocheted into the net to make it 2-1 Binghamton.  It was Petersson’s ninth of the year. Despite only having 9 shots in the period to Norfolk’s 13, they escaped with the lead, increased the intensity of the game, and were in position to steal the win.

They got one more midway through, the third, and it proved to be the winner. With a delayed penalty coming up on the Admirals, Jim O’Brien came in on the right unguarded. Shane Prince made the easy pass from the left slot to O’Brien who let go an easy goal to make it 3-1 at the 10:54 mark. Frederick Claesson also assisted on  O’Brien’s fourth of what has ended up being a rough season for the skilled forward.

“He did a good job coming up the ice with the puck,” Prince said of O’Brien, “I actually was able to get open on the wing, so I called for the puck. He gave it to me and he was able to bust through the middle and I was able to get it back to him. He made a nice move to put it in [the net].”

With the net empty and 30 seconds left, Etem scored for Norfolk. Much like the Admirals other goal, he found the puck sneaking through the crease and put it home. Although it proved to not help the Admirals, they inched closer and made for an exciting ending.  Alex Grant and Dave Steckel assisted on Etem’s eighth goal of the 2013-14 campaign.

“Those are the games you’ve got to turn around and win,” Richardson noted. “We found a way.”

Binghamton will enjoy a couple of days off before beginning a three game weekend at home against the Eastern Conference leading Manchester Monarchs. Norfolk begins a back-to-back weekend with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers at home on Friday night from the Scope.


  • INJURIES: That was the name of the game. Linesman Francis Trempe was a causality of an Andre Petersson Elbow at the end of the 2nd:

“Everybody thought the period was over,” Richardson said. “The linesman just had his back turned…it had nothing to do with the play.”

He did not return to the game, which was concluded with 1 referee and 1 linesman.

“You’ve really got to play until the whistle.” Richardson said. “Things may be missed out there, just because of the manpower… They did a really good job.”

  • Derek Grant (pulled muscle) and Buddy Robinson (precautionary) left the game with injuries for Binghamton. Coach Richardson did not classify either as anything more than day-to-day and indicated that Grant, who left in the 1st period, was held out for precautionary measures. Corey Cowick (knee) was hit at the end of the game and limped off the ice. Coach Richardson indicated his right leg was stinging, but there was no injury and he should be good to go Friday. Jim O’Brien also was getting work done on his nose. Again, it was alluded that the injury was minor and from a hit in open ice. He should not miss any time.
  • Coach Richardson also indicated that there may be callups from Elmira this weekend, to keep players fresh as they conclude a 4 game in 6 day weekend
  • Mark Stone was called up to the NHL’s Ottawa Senators before the game.

“He’s been scoring some points, but he’s been creating even more chances,” Richardson said.

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Photo Gallery: Crunch vs. Admirals (12/28/13) Mon, 30 Dec 2013 14:27:32 +0000

The Syracuse Crunch fell 6-3 to the Norfolk Admirals at the Onondaga County War Memorial on Saturday night. Chris Beavers photographed the game for Inside Hockey.

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Norfolk Admirals @ Hershey Bears 10/27/13 Tue, 29 Oct 2013 12:58:58 +0000

Sunday October 27, 2013 at the Giant Center, Hershey Bears Peter LeBlanc scored the winning goal at the 19:42 mark to give the Bears a 4 to 2 victory over the Norforlk Admirals.  Pictures taken by Steve Rusyn for Inside Hockey.

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