The Binghamton Senators held a two-goal lead heading into the third period, but let the victory slip away and suffered a 6-5 shootout loss to the Norfolk Admirals on Friday night at the Broome County Arena.
The Sens did not trail all night, but Norfolk rallied to tie four separate times.
Binghamton jumped out to a 1-0 lead thanks to Jeff Heerema‘s power-play tally at the 12:49 mark of the opening period. It took less than two minutes for Norfolk to a power-play goal of its own, Carl Corazzini’s seventh goal of the year, to tie the score 1-1.
Binghamton struck quickly and took back the lead 23 seconds later when Steve Martins was able to find a wide open Heerema for his second goal of the evening and his fourth in three games.
The Admirals found a way to even things up on Quintin Laing‘s shorthanded tally at the 18:05 mark of the first period, knotting the score at 2-2 heading into the first intermission.
Denis Hamel gave Binghamton the lead back just five minutes into the middle frame on a power play, but Norfolk tied the game at 3-3 when Nathan Barrett recorded his 10th goal of the season at 9:37.
Binghamton then jumped out to 5-3 lead as Danny Bois netted his second goal of the year, and defenseman Filip Novak followed with a fluke goal that floated into the offensive zone, took an unusual bounce and beat Admirals goalie Adam Munro.
In the third period, rookie Corey Crawford took over in net for Norfolk, and the Admirals secured momentum and tied the score on goals by Matt Keith and Laing.
Norfolk used two power plays in overtime to earn a 10-0 edge in shots during the five-minute period, but Billy Thompson stopped them all en route to a 33-save evening.
In the shootout, Martin St. Pierre scored both Norfolk goals, including the deciding tally in the seventh round.
Elsewhere on Friday:
David Moss had two assists and Curtis McElhinney made 18 saves as Omaha derailed Milwaukee, 2-0… Wilkes-Barre/Scranton lost for the third time in four games as Andrew Penner made 24 saves for Syracuse in a 2-1 victory… Tim Thomas made 34 saves in regulation and overtime before stopping five of six shooters to allow Providence to earn a 3-2 shootout win over Hartford… J.F. Jacques and Francis Lemieux scored power-play goals for Hamilton in a 3-1 win at Philadelphia… John Pohl had two goals and an assist for Toronto in a 5-2 win over Cleveland… Dan Ellis stopped 37 shots to lead Iowa over Chicago, 4-1… David LeNeveu made 20 saves in his first AHL appearance of the year as San Antonio – top affiliate of the former Winnipeg Jets (now Phoenix Coyotes) – defeated Manitoba, 3-2, in Winnipeg… Corey Perry, Ryan Shannon and Tim Brent each picked up a goal and an assist in Springfield’s 4-3 win over Portland… Jean-Marc Pelletier stopped 34 shots to lead Rochester to a 4-1 victory over Grand Rapids… Konstantin Pushkarev scored his ninth goal of the season in Manchester’s 3-0 win over visiting Albany… Behind three points from Kirby Law (1g, 2a), Houston defeated Peoria, 5-3… Jeff Hamilton recorded a hat trick as Bridgeport downed Lowell, 5-2.