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AHL Game Night: 3/11/11 Senators at Admirals

Norfolk punishes Binghamton for having the audacity to come into town.

BNG-3
NOR-8

Dustin Tokarski allowed 3 goals on 17 shots for the victory. Life is good when the snowman works for you.

First Period
BNG O'Brien, (17) (Wick, Locke), 4:20
BNG Bass, (3) (Hoffman, Kinrade), 7:26
NOR Harju, (21) (Fornataro, Vernace), 14:08 (PP)
NOR Szczechura, (15) (Harju, Milam), 16:08

Second Period
NOR Barberio, (9) (Giliati, Berry), 10:42
NOR Pouliot, (20) (Wright), 16:53

Third Period
NOR Szczechura, (16) (Harju), 0:44
NOR Wright, (12) (Jackson, Fornataro), 7:16
BNG Daugavins, (16) (Kinrade, Wiercioch), 8:33 (PP)
NOR Wright, (13) (Berry, Milam), 15:53 (PP)
NOR Wright, (14) (Pouliot, Fornataro), 19:22

James Wright, Paul Szczechura, and Johan Harju were the game's three stars. For Wright, it was his first hat trick as a professional while Paul Szczechura became the 7th Admiral to break through the 15 goal mark this season. For his part, Marc-Antoine Pouliot became the 3rd Admiral to break 20 goals this year. Point being: Norfolk is scary deep and balanced at forward.

Norfolk extends to a 6 point lead on 5th place Binghamton in the East Division and burns another game in hand on Charlotte by pulling within 1 point of the idle 3rd place Checkers with 1 more game in hand. Norfolk also kept pace with 2nd place Hershey and are 8 points back of the Bears with 2 games in hand. In the crossover, Norfolk maintained a 7 point edge on the Atlantic's 4th place team, Worcester.

Playoffs are looking very good with 15 games left to go and the Admirals probably needing about 9-10 more points to get a playoff spot. Norfolk goes to Hershey on Sunday to try to make some headway against the 2nd place Bears.

Box score from TheAHL.com.