The Norfolk Admirals' four-game winning streak ended in untimely fashion Saturday, making their playoff drive more urgent.
The host Binghamton Senators (37-19-1-5) scored three goals in the first period to win 5-1 over the Admirals (29-27-4-1).
The Admirals dropped to three points behind of the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference with 15 games remaining in the regular season.
Sami Vatanen scored for Norfolk, while goaltender Frederik Andersen (16-12-1) stopped 31 of 36 shots in the setback. Norfolk outshot Binghamton 43-36, but Senators goalie Nathan Lawson made 42 saves.
Cody Carlton of Chesapeake started from the pole position and wired the field to win the 50-lap Top Dog feature, the headlining event of Friday evening's 200-lap program in Arena Racing USA's Pro Series at the Richmond Coliseum.
The victory was Carlton's second overall of the season and his first in Top Dog competition.
Under green for the final time, Carlton pulled away and left the inside lane open for Scott Prillaman, who retook second place from Troy Doggett.
Over the closing circuits, Prillaman tried to reel in Carlton, but could get no closer than a car-length, Carlton's final margin of victory. Doggett was third, followed by B Main winner Jason Manes, Dystany Spurlock and Scott Allen, the only other drivers on the track at the checkers.
Timmy Tyrrell won the Youth Series race.Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times