A Very Happy Homecoming for the Black Bears

by Rob Lippolis

BINGHAMTON- The Binghamton Black Bears defeated the Elmira Mammoth for the second consecutive night, 4-1 on Saturday.  Binghamton rattled off four-straight goals to rally past Elmira for three points in the standings. 

In the final matchup of the weekend between the two sides, Elmira was first on the board, scoring on their first shot.  Tate Leeson was able to outwait the goaltender, and give the Mammoth a 1-0 lead, just 2:28 into the game.  The Black Bears were unable to score on their first power play, but did tie the game at 1-1 thanks to Kyle Powell.  Powell’s 3rd goal of the year game off a slap-pass from Gavin Yates and Don Olivieri.  Yates has now surpassed his career-high total for assists on the year with 28.  
 Binghamton would score the only goal of the middle period.  Jake Schultz scored his 11th of the season, also a career-high, on a back-hander just outside the faceoff dot.  Talor Joseph stopped all 10 shots he faced in the frame, ensuring the Black Bears would go to the locker room up 2-1. 

The Black Bears were able to secure a much needed insurance goal in the third.  Josh Newberg stayed on the forecheck, apply pressure that led to a turnover, allowing Jestin Somero to score a goal in his second-straight game.  The penalty kill was tested in the third, having to kill off three penalties.  Elmira pulled the goalie in the final two minutes, allowing the final nail in the coffin to be scored by Tyler Gjurich.

Binghamton wins 4-1 in their return to home ice.  Gjurich inches closer to the all-time goal lead, now just four off the mark.  The Black Bears will have a Sunday afternoon contest against Watertown at 2:00p.m.  

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