Binghamton Outlasts Elmira on Teddy Bear Toss Night

by Brooks Hill

BINGHAMTON- Binghamton was able to outlast the Elmira River Sharks on Friday night in their only game of the weekend.   Both teams had runs of three goals, as they combined to score 10 on the night.  

The excitement of Teddy Bear Toss Night rang throughout the arena as the Black Bears took on the Elmira River Sharks for their only game of the weekend.   Binghamton was unable to score in the first half of the period, as the fans crew anxious to pollute the ice with stuffed animals.  

The patrons finally got their chance as Connor Smith scored the game’s first goal with just over five minutes remaining in the opening period.  After a short pause to clean up the animals, Binghamton was the team that responded to the delay better, adding to their lead.  Captain, Tyson Kirkby roofed a backhand shot just two minutes later, forcing Elmira to call timeout in the first period to settle their nerves.  Binghamton skated into the room up 2-0.  

Binghamton was able to score 20 seconds into the second period on a carryover power play.   Thomas Wray scored his fourth of the season, but that is where the offense came to a end in the middle frame.  Binghamton began a parade to the penalty box and Elmira was able to convert two of three, closing the gap to one.  The River Sharks were able to score two minutes later, tying the contest at 3-3.  The visitors from the west, outshot the home team 17-6 in the period. 

The Black Bears battled through the adversity and were able to find themselves on the positive end of a 5-on-3.  Dakota Bohn tallied his first goal of the season, reclaiming a one-goal lead in the third period.  Smith would add his second of the night and ninth of the season to give the Black Bears the insurance goal they were looking for, and they needed it.   

While time was dwindling down, Elmira vacated the net, and were able to score.  The Black Bears took a delay of game penalty with two minutes left.  Josh Fletcher delivered the final goal of the night with the net empty to win by the final score of 6-4.  

Binghamton picks up another three points at home and secures their 11th win of the season.

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