by Rob Lippolis

BINGHAMTON- The Binghamton Black Bears defeated the Delaware Thunder 6-3 on Saturday night.  Gavin Yates made his return to the lineup and collected three assists helping the Black Bears to victory.  

On Teddy Bear Toss Night, presented by 98.1 The Hawk, Binghamton got the scoring started early.  12 seconds early to be exact.  Tyler Gjurich extended his point streak to 43 games with the contest’s opening goal.  The stuffed animals rained down from the rafters as the Black Bears essentially played with the lead the whole game.  Mac Lewis was able to cash in his second goal of the season giving Binghamton a 2-0 lead heading into the locker room. 

Delaware got on the board first in the second, cutting into the lead, making it 2-1. Then Tyson Kirkby would deliver the Black Bears only power play goal of the night, extending the lead back to two. Delaware started to push back in the middle frame, outshooting the Black Bears 12-8.

Hybrid player, Taylor Cutting, was able to tap in a loose puck in the crease to collect his first goal as a Black Bear and pushing the score to 4-1, early in the third period.  Houston Wilson would score a power play goal with about seven minutes remaining and the crowd moved to the edge of their seats, as the lead was back down to two.  One minute Kirkby would take a pass from Yates and Gjurich pushing the score to 5-3.  Once again, Delaware was able to score their second goal of period, cutting the lead back down to two.  

Like clockwork, the Black Bears were able to score on the next shift once again, Gjurich finished the scoring with a one-timer to seal the deal and led the Black Bears to victory as the first star.  

The Black Bears return to the ice Friday night on December 16th at 7:00P.M. for Summer in December against the Watertown Wolves.  Tickets are available online at or by calling the office at 607-722-7367.     

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