by Rob Lippolis

BINGHAMTON- The Binghamton Black Bears fell in the shootout for the first time this season.  Motor City leaves Binghamton with two points picking up a 6-5 shootout victory. 

The Black Bears came out of the gate hot, out shooting the Rockers 11-3 halfway through the first period.  While the Binghamton power play did not score on their first attempt, Binghamton was able to get on the board first.  Tyler Gjurich and his teammates applied heavy pressure on the forecheck that would ultimately led to Gjurich burying a rebound past Trevor Babin to make it 1-0 in favor of the home team. 

Special teams continued to click for Motor City.  The Rockers power play was able to tie the game at 1-1.  Roman Gaudet picked up the loose change in front of Riley McVeigh’s net with just under two minutes left to play in the opening frame.

Tommy Cardinal opened the scoring in the second period, but it was Binghamton’s power play connecting to even the score back at 2-2.  Bret Parker slammed the puck into the net as it was teetering on the goal line.  Then like clockwork, the Motor City power play struck once again thanks to Jonathon Juliano, giving the lead to the visitors again after two periods. 

Just like last night, the Black Bears would tie the game early in the third period at 3-3.  This time is was Nikita Ivashkin outlasting the goaltender on a 2on1.  Three minutes later, the Rockers snagged the lead once again, this time it was Derek Suffredini cashing in on a defensive breakdown by Binghamton. 

Back and forth the teams would go, up and down the ice, trading chances.  Jesse Anderson sauced a beautiful pass to Jamie Bucell to tie the game at 4-4.  Then, Ivashkin would score his second of the game, thanks to a takeaway in the offensive zone by Gavin Abbott.  Binghamton had their first lead since 1-0 back in the first period.  However, it did not last long as Suffredini scored his second of the night on the power play once again for Motor City. 

After 60 minutes, the game had no winner, knotted at 5-5.

The five-minute overtime period flew by with barely any whistles, but after an extra frame we still needed more hockey to decide a winner.

Scott Coash shot first and scored for the Rockers, while Binghamton missed their first two attempts.  Brad Reitter cashed in on the third-round attempt, and the only Black Bear to score was Jesse Anderson in round four.  Rockers win 6-5 in the shootout. 

The Black Bears will be back in action for a home-and-home series with the Delaware Thunder next Friday and Saturday.  The Friday night puck drop is scheduled for 7:30P.M. and will be aired live on Fox Sports Binghamton 1430     

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