Senators fall in game one, 3-0
April 14, 2004
Posted by: Bob Howard
|April 14, 2004 - Binghamton Senators
Michael Leighton stopped 31 shots for
the Norfolk Admirals to register his second 3-0 shutout over
the Binghamton Senators in the last six days as the Admirals
grabbed a one game to none lead in the East Division
Norfolk now needs just one more win in the best-of-3 series
to advance to the East Division semifinals for a date with
the division champion Philadelphia Phantoms.
|Ray Emery saved 32 of 35
first period looked to go scoreless heading into the first
intermission, but a Johnathan Aitken left wing drive was
directed past Ray Emery (33 saves) by Quintin Laing for a
1-0 lead at 18:47.
Despite the goal, Emery was
outstanding in the opening period in making 19 saves to keep
the Sens in the game early on.
energized in the first period by the return of winger Josh
Langfeld, on recall with Ottawa since January 29th, but was
denied on 13 shots fired on goal in the opening period.
The Admirals doubled their lead late in the second
period on a rush that appeared to materialize on an offside
Carsen Germyn looked to have preceded the puck
into the Binghamton zone as play was allowed to continue.
Brandin Cote beat Emery with a 45-footer from the right
circle at the 16:41 of the middle period to make it 2-0.
Leighton faced three of the Senators seven power plays
in the final period, including 1:13 of 5-on-3 time, but was
impenetrable during that sequence and perfect on all 12
shots in the third period.
Laing notched his second
goal of the game, a late power play marker, with
twenty-seven seconds left in the game for the final margin.
Norfolk outshot Binghamton 35-31 and converted one of
five power plays.
The Sens face elimination from the
playoffs unless they post a win in Game #2 of the series
coming up Friday in Binghamton beginning at 7:05. A
Binghamton win Friday would force a deciding third game
Saturday, also at 7:05 at the Broome County Veterans
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