by Rob Lippolis

HARRINGTON, DE- The Binghamton Black Bears were able to get back into the win column Saturday night against the Delaware Thunder, doubling them up 8-4.  Binghamton had seven different goal scorers, the most since opening night.  

Delaware was first on the board, scoring the first of what would five goals combined in the first period.  55 seconds into the game Chris Corgan got a rebound in front of Joe Sheppard and tapped it home.  Nikita Ivashkin would tie the game at 1-1 three minutes later, but Delaware would once again grab the lead.  Matt Bazarin cashed in an even-strength goal pushing the Thunder out in front.  Austin Thompson would answer with a wrist shot between the legs of Trevor Martin, as the second line would be responsible for the first two Binghamton goals on Saturday.  Black Bears were on the power play with under two minutes remaining and Bret Parker knocked in a juicy rebound to ensure that Binghamton would be in front going into the locker room after the first period.

In a reserve of the first period, the Black Bears would be the first team to score in the middle period.  Jesse Anderson received a centering pass from Gavin Yates that would find the back of the net for a much-needed insurance goal.  The Black Bears extend their lead even more as Mathieu Boislard scored the second power play goal of the night for Binghamton giving the visiting club a 5-2 lead.  Late in the period, Dennis Gafarov would steal a pass and have a short-handed breakaway that led to Delaware’s only goal in the frame.  

Tempers began to flair in the final minute of the second, as four penalties were issued at 19:19.  As a result, Delaware carried over a power play into the third period, and the Thunder took advantage.  Houston Wilson cut the lead down to one, and still had 30 seconds to work with on a 5on3.  The Black Bears though, would kill it off the penalty and once again be headed to a power play of their own. Gavin Yates toe-dragged around a defenseman and fooled the goaltender with a beautiful move to give Binghamton a two-goal lead once again.  As the period went on, Binghamton did not take their foot off the gas.  Geno DeAngelo, who was slotted in the first line tonight, rattled off two goals in tail-end of the period, securing his first multi-goal game this season. 

The Black Bears defeated the Thunder by a final score of 8-4.  Tyler Gjurich extended his point-streak to 46 straight games, dating back to last season with two assists in Saturday night’s game.  Gjurich will searching for professional goal number 300 when the Black Bears take on the Watertown Wolves on Friday, December 23rd at 7:00p.m.  Tickets can be purchased by calling the office at 607.722.7367 or online at     

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