Binghamton earns point in shootout

by Brooks Hill

Danbury, CT- The Binghamton Black Bears fell in a shootout to the Danbury Hat Tricks 5-4 on Friday night.  This marks the second-straight time that Danbury has bested Binghamton in consecutive matchups.  

Binghamton started off the game hot, scoring in the first three minutes.  Don Olivieri extended his point streak to 12 games with the opening goal.  Not to further down the road, Danbury’s Corey Cunningham scored on the power play to tie the game at 1-1.  Late in the period, it was the Black Bears captain, Tyson Kirkby knocking in a loose rebound, sending the Black Bears to the room with a 2-1 advantage.  

The Black Bears dominated the second period, even though they scored both their goals in the first two minutes of the frame.  Nikita Ivashkin and Gavin Yates both scored extending the lead up to 4-1.   

Once again, Danbury mounted a multi-goal comeback for the third-consecutive game.   Chase Harwell scored the first two of the period, then Jonny Ruiz was able to grab the game tying goal at the 8:57 mark.  With 11 minutes left in regulation time the game was tied at 4-4.

Neither side was able to grab the difference maker in regulation, so both teams secured one point in the standings.  Binghamton had a power play in overtime, but it was unsuccessful, ringing four posts in the process.  The shootout would commence after.  

Thomas Wray scored first, which was answered by Connor Wooley.  Kirkby missed and Cunningham scored, forcing Andrew Logar into a score-and-extend situation.  Logar shot the puck into the back of the net, seemingly scored, but the goal was disallowed.   The play was reviewed, but the call on the ice stood, no-goal.  Danbury wins 5-4 in the shootout, winning the final segment 2-1.    

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