Black Bears secure 1st victory of the season over Elmira

by Brooks Hill

BINGHAMTON - The Binghamton Black Bears defeated the Elmira River Sharks in the first game of the FPHL season.  Connor Smith tallied four points, two goals and two assists earning the first star on opening night. 

Two different squads from a season ago, Elmira and Binghamton battled for the first goal until Connor Smith broke the ice at the 13:44 mark.  A high wrist-shot bet the goaltender and erupted the arena with the first goal of the season.  Smith’s college linemate, Brenden Stanko, would go-on to add the second goal of the period just a few minutes later.  Binghamton skated into the locker room with a 2-0 advantage after one period. 

Period two saw both teams light the lamp, as the ‘Sharks and Black Bears combined for five goals between the two sides.  Kona Jackson was able to cut the lead to one, but a quick response from Smith gave Binghamton their two-goal cushion back.  Austin Thompson scored his first of the season, followed by Dustin Jesseau following suit.  Binghamton’s lead grew to 5-1, but Jackson responded with his second the game before the final horn of the period.  Binghamton was still leading 5-2 after 40 minutes. 

Brandon Lucchesi grabbed the first goal seven minutes into the final period.  Again, the Black Bears had a response adding another goal 30 seconds later.  Thomas Wray scored his first professional goal and Tyson Kirkby tallied his first goal as captain to complete the night.  Binghamton defeats Elmira 7-3. 

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