by Rob Lippolis

BINGHAMTON- The Binghamton Black Bears fell at home Wednesday night by the hand of the Danbury Hat Tricks 6-2.  Binghamton started off the game hot but could not sustain the offensive pressure throughout the game to match Danbury. 

The Black Bears got on the board first.  Tyler Gjurich cashed in on the first power play of the game to make it 1-0 Binghamton.  Danbury quickly tied the game up at 1-1, when Luke Richards was able bury a wrist shot past Riley McVeigh.  The Hat Tricks scored the next two goals as well, and before you knew it, Danbury had three unanswered goals up on the scoreboard. 

Austin Thompson cut into the lead, as he followed up a Nikita Ivashkin shot and tapped the rebound.  Ivashkin extends his point streak to eight games on the Black Bears final goal of the night.  After 20 minutes of play, Danbury led 3-2.

In the middle frame, Binghamton could sustain the same offensive pressure that they obtain in the first period.  The Black Bears would be held out of the goal column, and only manage seven shots on goal.  Meanwhile, Danbury’s Dmitry Kuznetsov extended the Hat Tricks lead by adding two more goals.  After 40 minutes, Danbury held a three-goal advantage. 

Binghamton did outshoot Danbury in the third period 10-9, the Black Bears were the only team to score on the power play, but Danbury added an empty net goal to seal their victory and a first-place spot at the top of the division. Danbury wins 5-2.    

The Black Bears will hit the road for a weekend series against the Port Huron Prowlers this Friday and Saturday.  Friday’s game with begin at 7:05 and Saturday’s at 6:05.  Binghamton returns home on December 2nd for Girl Scout Night against the Watertown Wolves. 

The Black Bears are also offering a Black Friday 15% deal for one day only.  This Friday, use code BBFRIDAY for 15% off all apparel purchases online.  In addition, the Black Bears are running a Cyber Monday special.  On Monday, seats in select sections will be available to purchase for just $10.  Call the office at 607.722.7367 or visit    

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