After a 2-1 loss to Hershey on Thursday night in Washington DC the Admirals traveled to upstate New York to take on the Binghamton Senators.
Frederik Andersen had a solid game against Hershey and the team didn't play horribly but they had one huge problem: Penalties. The Admirals went short handed eight times through the game with ten infractions overall, which made it really difficult to gain any momentum.
The first period of Saturday's game in Binghamton showcased their other problem. The Admirals still have a terrible power play and don't seem to be improving it in any way.
The Admirals took the lead early with Kyle Palmieri's ninth goal of the season, assisted by Jordan Hendry and Peter Holland. It was still a period of missed opportunities though, as they went 0-for-4 on the power play in the period and gave up a shorthanded goal after a bad turnover by Hendry.
The Admirals outshot the Baby Sens 13-11 in the first.
Nofolk dominated play to start the second period, and Robin Lehner was up to the task until Hendry made up for his first period mistake with a hard shot from the blue line that beat the Senators Goaltender. Holland continued his impressive production with his second assist of the night.
After the goal, Bingo somehow gained momentum and the Ads couldn't clear the puck out of their own zone eventually leading to a boarding penalty. The Ads killed the penalty thanks to a couple of awesome saves by Andersen.
Brandon McMillan scored for the second time in as many games, off his own rebound with just over two minutes left in the second. Despite being out shot 16-11 in the period the Ads lead 3-1 after 40 minutes and it would remain that way for the rest of the night.
The final period of the game was a showcase for Andersen and his awesome play for the night. He came up with some more big saves on the only penalty kill of the third and hit the post on an attempt at an empty net goal.
The Senator player who iced the puck to Anderson for his empty net shot just looked up in the lights and I could only imagine the things he was thinking.
Nofolk is starting to put together some really, really good games. After the losing streak the team has bounced back and are now just one game under .500 for the season.
Some would say the entire team has played better together and the hustle is there every game now. They would be right, but in my opinion the play of Andersen has elevated this team just as much if not more.
He keeps the games close and stands on his head when he needs too. In the last four games he has only let in four goals, while the Admirals have scored 13. Andersen is now sitting just outside the top ten in goals against average in the league with 2.38.
The Admirals are idle until Friday night when they host the Bridgeport Sound Tigers on the Toys for Tots toy toss night.