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B-Sens rally but still fall to Admirals

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BINGHAMTON, N.Y. – The Binghamton Senators fell 5-3 to the visiting Norfolk Admirals in the first of back-to-back contests this weekend against the divisional foe. Emerson Etem paced the Admirals with a hat trick while John Gibson stopped 23 of 26 shots faced to lead Norfolk to victory.

Etem notched his first of the evening 8:05 into the first period beating Binghamton ’s goaltender Peter Mannino for his 10th of the year. Etem’s second of the night came on the power play 11:48 into the opening frame to give the Admirals a 2-0 lead heading into the first intermission.

Darren Kramer cut the Admiral’s lead to 2-1 5:24 into the middle period when he received a centering feed from David Dziurzynski and beat Gibson for his third tally of the year. Norfolk outshot Binghamton 19-9 in the frame to hold the 2-1 lead heading into the final intermission.

Binghamton knotted the score 2-2 off of Cole Schneider’s 13th goal of the season 12:11 into the third, but Norfolk responded with two goals in a 28 second span to take a 4-2 lead. The B-Sens refused to go away as Shane Prince completed a good looking give-and-go sequence with Carter Camper to cut the Admirals lead to 4-3. With the Admirals continuing to pressure, Etem completed the hat trick bid with just 45 seconds remaining to push the final score to 5-3.

Mannino made 39 saves in the losing effort as Binghamton and Norfolk are now tied for fourth place in the East Division with 39 points on the year.

The B-Sens host the Admirals tomorrow night at 7:05p.m. Tickets are available by calling the Binghamton Senators Executive Office at (607) 722-7367 or stopping in between 8:00a.m. through the second intermission. Fans can also purchase tickets through the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena Box Office and all Ticketmaster outlets during normal business hours by visiting www.ticketmaster.com or at 1-800-745-3000.

(Courtesy: Binghamton Senators)