Rookie Matt Keith scored twice and Carsen Germyn tallied the winning goal in the third period as Norfolk moved into fourth place in the East Division with a 4-2 victory over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton on Saturday night.
The Admirals have won three in a row and are 6-1-1-0 in their last eight outings.
Ajay Baines added an empty-net shorthanded goal to cap the scoring. Matt Ellison recorded two assists, and Adam Munro stopped 18 shots to earn the win in net.
Norfolk moved a point ahead of idle Binghamton and five clear of the Penguins in the East. The Admirals third-place Hershey by seven points.
Elsewhere on Saturday:
Mathias Tjarnqvist recorded a hat trick and Rob Valicevic picked up two goals and three assists as Utah scored four times on 28 shots in the third period to get past Cleveland, 5-3… Joey MacDonald made 35 saves for his second straight shutout as Grand Rapids extended its home unbeaten streak to 12 games (9-0-3-0) with a 3-0 win over Houston… Jeff Hamilton scored two goals — including his league-leading 10th game-winner — and added an assist as Bridgeport defeated Springfield, 5-3… Keith Aucoin tallied a goal and an assist for Cincinnati in a 3-1 win over Manitoba… Tim Jackman scored 1:50 into overtime to give Syracuse a 3-2 win over Rochester… Brent Johnson made 27 saves for Worcester in a 2-1 victory over Philadelphia… Chad Wiseman scored the winning goal with 5:54 to go in regulation as Hartford posted a 3-1 win over San Antonio… Mike Vigilante and Colin Forbes recorded a goal and an assist apiece for Portland in a 4-2 victory at Hershey… Mathieu Chouinard stopped 29 shots for his fourth shutout of the season as Manchester downed Albany, 3-0… Timofei Shishkanov‘s second-period goal was the difference in Milwaukee’s 2-1 decision over Chicago.