Without guys like Etem and Maroon, the Ads were out of sorts. - Image Courtesy Anaheim Ducks
The Ads started disorganized due to an influx of new players with Anaheim's training camp on the horizon and finished with stupid penalties, just like the big club.
The Norfolk lineup is all topsy turvy as Anaheim's training camp is on the verge of starting and several players are on their way to California to show off their skills. The Admirals have signed six ECHL players to fill the roles of Peter Holland, Patrick Maroon, Kyle Palmieri, Emerson Etem, Devante Smith-Pelly, Jordan Hendry, and Nate Guenin.
The first period was what I have come to expect from this team, except when playing Syracuse. They got out shot 18-4 and were down 2-0 on the score board before the halfway point in the period. Mark Stone scored the first goal and Corey Cowick potted the second. It was painfully obvious that this was essentially brand new team in this period.
The second period was a completely different story with the Admirals out shooting Binghamtom 19-8. Josh Brittain notched his first AHL goal of the season, and a power play goal to boot, with Rod Pelley and Nick Schaus getting the assists. Just over five minutes later, Ryan Lasch scored his second AHL goal of the season with newcomers Andrew Rowe and Eric Lampe getting assists. Unfortunately Eric Gryba put the Baby Sens back up with a power play goal before the end of the period.
The final frame was a story of wasted chances and inconsistent power plays, then again our PP unit was mostly made up of players who were scratched or fourth liners the night before. The Admirals started the period off with three power plays but couldn't beat Senator netminder Nathan Lawson. They had several quality shots but couldn't finish when they needed to.
The game pretty much ended with just over two minutes remaining when the Ads went down two men due to a Ryan Parent hooking penalty and a Matt Smaby cross-checking penalty. Gryba sealed the deal with an empty net goal and the Baby Sens won 4-2.
Frederik Andersen finished the game stopping 36 of 39 shots against, the second night in a row that he faced 39 shots.
Overall, the two best players were clearly Brittain and Lasch, they accounted for four shots each. They seemed to draw penalties and set up the better scoring chances for the team all night.
The next game is Tuesday in Norfolk against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins at 7:15 PM ET.