by Rob Lippolis

BINGHAMTON- The Binghamton Black Bears were able to complete the sweep of division rival Delaware on Saturday night by a final score of 5-1.  Binghamton went on to outscore the Thunder 8-2 in a two-game span, led by Nikita Ivashkin, who scored four goals this weekend.    

The Black Bears blasted the Thunder in the first period tallying three goals on 21 shots.  Binghamton got on the board just under seven minutes in, as Nikita Ivashkin would find a loose puck in the slot and put the Black Bears on the board first.  The defensemen wanted to join in on the fun and Mathieu Boislard skated into the zone placing a backhand shot off the goaltender, leaving it in a perfect spot for Mac Lewis to cash in and score.  Ivashkin, who now has a point in the last seven games for the Black Bears, sniped a wrist shot around the Thunder’s defenseman, making it 3-0 in favor of the home team after the first period.   

Binghamton was able to continue the pressure on the forecheck in the second frame, suffocating the Thunder’s chances of generating chances. The Black Bears held the Thunder to only three shots in the middle period.  Meanwhile, Ivashkin was able to collect a hat trick, tallying his third goal of the night, and at the time giving the Black Bears a four-goal cushion. 

Riley McVeigh continued his hot start to the season, picking up another win for Binghamton in between the pipes.  McVeigh would go own to make 24 saves on 25 shots, as Delaware would get on the board with a power play goal in the third period.  Less than a minute later, Tyler Gjurich was able to hack and whack at a loose puck in the crease, scoring the final goal of the night making 5-1, Binghamton over Delaware. 

The Black Bears pick up six of six available points this weekend, setting up an important showdown against Danbury on Wednesday at 6:00P.M. Tickets to the Thanksgiving Eve contest are available online at or by calling the office at 607.722.7367.

Stay current with the latest team news by visiting, by calling 607-722-7367, or visiting the front office on the third floor of the Visions Veterans Memorial Arena. Follow the Black Bears all year long on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Tic Tok @BlackBearsFPHL.