Black Bears win 4-3 in Fraser

by Brooks Hill

Fraser, MI- The Binghamton Black Bears defeated the Motor City Rockers 4-3 on Friday night.  Cam Clark had two goals and Gavin Yates added a pair of assists in the third victory of the post season. 

The semifinal round began in a tight-checking, back-and-forth fashion.  The Rockers opened the scoring off an unfortunate centering pass from the Black Bears.  TJ Delaney buried a rebound off the initial save by Connor McAnanama, putting the Rockers on the board first.  Even though Binghamton had more high-danger chances, Motor City led 1-0 after the first period. 

Binghamton was able to tie the game early in the second with Cam Clark’s first postseason goal.  Clark came flying into the play, right out of the penalty box, and was set up by the captain, Tyson Kirkby.  With momentum on their side, Binghamton added a second goal by defenseman, Colan Fitzgerald, his second of the postseason.  While neither side was able to convert on their two power plays, Binghamton carried a one-goal lead into the room, after 40. 

The third period was high scoring, as the two sides combined for four goals.  At the 7:14 mark of the period, Binghamton added an insurance goal from Connor Smith, but it was quickly answered by TJ Sneath.  The Black Bears third line went to work again on the forecheck, and were able to force a turnover, that led to the second Clark goal of the evening.  With 5:20 remaining, the Black Bears had a two-goal advantage. 

Motor City was able to grab one more goal, but unable to convert the game-tying goal with the net empty.  Binghamton wins game one of the semifinals 4-3 on the road.      

Both teams head to Binghamton to square off in game two Saturday inside Visions Veterans Memorial Arena. Puck drop is scheduled for 7PM. Tickets are still available and can be purchased online, in person or over the phone by calling 607-722-7367. 

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