BING Erases 4-goal deficit in 6-5 W

by Brooks Hill

BINGHAMTON- The Binghamton Black Bears erased a four-goal deficit in the third period and went on to defeat the Watertown Wolves 6-5 in the shootout.  Binghamton celebrates the victory along with boasting their fifth sellout of the season, first back-to-back occurrence in franchise history.  

Watertown jumped out to a 2-0 lead early into the second period.  Jestin Somero, in his return to Binghamton, put the Black Bears on the board, right after a power play expired.  However, Watertown was able recapture a two-goal lead with a power play tally of their own.  The Wolves’ Tate Lesson added another goal and carried a 4-1 lead into the second intermission.  

Binghamton needed to regroup, not panic.  Unfortunately for the home team, their deficit would get bigger before it got smaller.  Michael Mercurio made it 5-1, and some fans headed for the exit with their favorite team down four.  

Then the script flipped like a switch.

Anderw Logar gave the building life with the Bears only power play of the night for Binghamton.  Connor Smith scored with 10:24 left in regulation time, and hope was given to the home squad.  JT Walters inched the Black Bears closer with his second goal of the season, making it a one-goal game with 5:24 left.  

Tyson Kirkby scored the game-tying goal with three minutes left.  The crowd erupted as the Black Bears had climbed the mountain, erasing a four-goal deficit in a span of 13 minutes.  After 60 minutes, we headed to overtime for the first time in the season series.  

Back-and-forth action commenced but neither side was able to break the tie.  The shootout would commence.  The only player to score was the last one, as Smith walks-off the Wolves with his first shootout goal of the season.  Binghamton storms back and wins 6-5 in the shootout.       

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