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Prized Ducklings Lead Way To Split Weekend Series

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Top Anaheim Ducks prospects, Lindholm, Holland and Palmieri, contribute to Admirals 4-2 victory over the Binghamton Senators.

Is it his time? Or will it be whenever the NHL starts again?
Is it his time? Or will it be whenever the NHL starts again?
Shawn Dulin

Hampus Lindholm started the prospect scoring-fest 9:43 into the first period. The 18 year old defenseman intercepted a pass in the offensive zone. He went in low and put the puck above the humongous Ben Bishop in the Binghamton net. It was Lindolm's first North American goal of his career and it was a pretty one.

Peter Holland scored his fourth goal of the season with just over three minutes left in the period. Kyle Palmieri received an assist to add to his already awesome numbers.

The period ended with the Admirals up, 2-0. Norfolk tied a franchise record for most shots in a period, out-shooting the Baby Senators, 26-8; a drastic difference from the night before.

Binghamton tried to claw back early in the second period with an Andre Benoit goal, his third of the season. Unlike Friday night, the Admirals kept fighting and playing hard. Holland scored his second of the night, with Luca Caputi and Palmieri getting the assists.

The Admirals tried to help Bingo get back in the game when Jay Rosehill takes an - there is no nice way to put this - absolutely stupid roughing penalty while Troy Bodie is on a 1-on-1 breakaway in the the Baby Sens' zone. On the penalty kill, Ryan Parent tripped a Senator, giving Binghamton a 5-on-3 for 45 seconds. Luckily, the strong point for Norfolk at the moment is the penalty kill. The Ads are ranked 13th in the league at 86.4% proficiency. Binghamton did not score; however, they out-shot the Ads 16-5 in the period.

Six minutes into the third period, Palmieri pretty much sealed the deal, scoring the Ads' 4th goal of the night. Holland earned a point on the assist. Palmieri and Holland had 3 points each in the game. It was an awesome game for both of them.

Bingo added a meaningless goal just over two minutes later, but never mounted a real comeback. The Baby Sens pulled Bishop for the extra attacker but his teammates iced the puck, sending him back to the net. The Ads did a good job of keeping the puck in the offensive zone to kill off a lot of time. The Baby Sens would out-shoot the Ads again, 18-13, but couldn't over take total shots lead. Norfolk had 44 to Binghamton's 42.

Ottawa's goaltender of the future, Ben Bishop, is now 0-2 on the year, after trading the overall wins lead last season with then-Admiral, now Crunch, goalie Dustin Tokarski. The two goalies switched places constantly until Bishop was called up to the big show near the end of the season.

Both Admirals goaltenders, Frederik Andersen and Igor Bobkov, are 3-1 on the season. Yet, Andersen's games don't seem to be as shaky, or nerve racking, compared to when Bobkov is in net. Andersen has a 2.52 goals-against average and a .929% save percentage, which aren't too terrible. Bobkov has a 2.66 GAA and a .925% SV. The goalies are pretty equal through the first eight games of the season.

The Admirals next game is on the road at Bridgeport (New York Islanders affiliate). Puck drop is at 11:00 a.m. ET (8:00 a.m. PT) on Wednesday. This might be the earliest hockey game the two teams have ever played. After that contest, the Ads head to Binghamton to take on the Baby Sens, again. The road trip ends on Sunday with a stop in Springfield to face the Columbus Blue Jackets affiliate, Falcons. As of early Sunday, the Falcons are tied with Norfolk and Syracuse with 12 points in the Eastern Conference.