by Rob Lippolis

BINGHAMTON- The Binghamton Black Bears defeated the Delaware Thunder in the first matchup of the season 3-1 on Friday night.  Three different Black Bears forwards tallied goals in the road victory, while Joe Sheppard stopped 26 of 27 shots on goal from the Thunder.

In a back and forth first period, Binghamton was able to find the back of the net first.  Bret Parker continued his offensive production, pushing the Black Bears out to a 1-0 lead.  Binghamton applied heavy pressure on the forecheck all period, and in the final minute, it paid dividends.  Geno DeAngelo and Tyler Gjurich were flying around the Thunder zone, that forced a turnover to Tyson Kirkby and Kirkby would burry an unassisted goal with 10 seconds left in the period.  After 20 minutes, Binghamton led 2-0. 

The Thunder’s special teams would put them back in the game with a power play goal late in the second period.  Austin Weber scored the team’s seventh man-advantage goal of the season, making it 2-1 after the middle frame. 

The Black Bears had an opportunity to convert on a 5-3 situation, but the Thunder penalty killing unit stood tall.  Delaware kept trying to tie the game, but Joe Sheppard stood tall in net not allowing any shots past in the final period.  Austin Thompson picked up an assist in his first game back from injury.  Thompson gave a one-touch pass to Nikita Ivashkin, who skated by two defenders and beat the goalie to far post making it a two-goal game with just over 90 seconds remaining. 

Binghamton defeats Delaware 3-1 on the first road matchup between the two sides this season.  The same two teams will face each other tomorrow night in Binghamton.  Tickets are still available by calling the office at 607.722.7367 or visit the team’s website at for more information.   

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