by Rob Lippolis

BINGHAMTON – The Binghamton Black bears secured their first comeback win of the season Friday night, as they stormed back to defeat the Mississippi Sea Wolves 4-3 in overtime. 

The visitors from the south were the ones to set the tone early.  The Sea Wolves out-hit and out-shot the Black Bears in the first frame 9-4.  Mississippi was able to break the ice in the first period, thanks to Vinnie Susi.  Susi was credited with scoring the first goal of the season for Mississippi, and they would carry a 1-0 lead into the locker room after the first 20 minutes. 

Yaroslav Yevdokimov wanted to make sure his Sea Wolves continued to build their lead in the second period.  Yevdokimov was able to put one past Owen Liskiewicz to push the lead to 2-0. 

The Black Bears were able to grab some momentum when the Sea Wolves took two penalties in middle portion of the second period.  Tyler Gjurich was able to score a 5-3 goal to get the Black Bears on the board, and Geno DeAngelo tied the game at 2-2 almost a minute later.  The teams were all square after 40 minutes. 

Again, it was Mississippi deflating the crowd as they would regain the lead 3-2 before the first media timeout.  Binghamton would fail to score on the power play in the third but with under five minutes left, Cam Yarwood took matters into his own hands.  Yarwood carried into the offensive zone, where he placed a centering pass on the stick of Austin Thompson.  Thompson redirected the pass past Blake Weyrick to tie the game at 3-3.  Binghamton had another power play late in regulation but could not find the regulation tally to end the game.  60 minutes had been played, but a winner had not been decided.    

The Black Bears took control of the overtime period, outshooting their opposers 5-1 and once again the connection of Yarwood to Thompson paid dividends to the home-town team as Thompson scored his 5th goal of the season with 40 seconds left.  Black Bears win 4-3 in OT. 

The same two teams will matchup again tomorrow night at 7:00 P.M. for a premature Halloween celebration.  There will be pregame trick-or-treating, a costume contest, and a postgame skate on the ice.

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