by Rob Lippolis

BINGHAMTON - Owen Liskiewicz made 43 saves and Geno DeAngelo scored a hat trick as the Binghamton Black Bears defeated the Danbury Hat Tricks on Friday night, 8-3, in front of over 3,000 fans at Visions Veterans Memorial Arena.

Geno DeAngelo kicked off the scoring exactly 6:00 into the game to give Binghamton a 1-0 lead. Tyler Gjurich won the race to a loose puck behind the net and fed DeAngelo who lifted a shot over the right shoulder of goaltender Will McEwen. The goal was DeAngelo’s sixth of the year with assists from Gjurich and Corey Sherman.

Gjurich got in on the scoring to give Binghamton a 2-0 lead just 23 seconds later. The puck came right to Gjurich inside the left circle, and he blasted a shot by McEwen for his 14th of the year. Assists on the goal were credited to Sherman and Tyler Piekarski. 

The Black Bears took a three-goal lead just 9:56 into the game as Thomas Aldworth jammed in his fifth of the year. On the side of the net, players kept poking at the puck, and it finally went in for a 3-0 advantage. Aldworth’s goal was assisted by Josh Newberg and Nikita Ivashkin.

DeAngelo struck again to give the Black Bears a 4-0 lead. Colan Fitzgerald dropped the puck back to DeAngelo who fired a quick shot into the net for his second of the night and seventh of the year. Fitzgerald was awarded the only assist and Binghamton took the four-goal lead into the intermission.

Binghamton scored four more goals in the second period to take an 8-0 lead. Ivashkin gave the Black Bears a 5-0 lead at 4:35 of the second and then DeAngelo completed the hat trick with his third of the game at 7:54 of the second to give Binghamton a 6-0 advantage.

Gjurich and Newberg added goals in the second period for an 8-0 lead. Gjurich’s goal was his second of the night and 15th of the year and came 13:12 into the second. Newberg’s tally was his 14th of the year with assists from Ivashkin and Aldworth at 14:15.

Danbury scored back-to-back goals to decrease Binghamton’s lead to six. Kodiak Whiteduck and Gordy Bonnel each recorded goals late in the second and the Black Bears took the 8-2 lead into the third along with a 33-26 shot advantage.

The Hat Tricks added a goal in the third period and Binghamton came away with the 8-3 win. Owen Liskiewicz made 43 saves for the Black Bears in the win.

The Black Bears return home to host Watertown on Sunday, January 16 in a special 3 p.m. puck drop! WEIS Shopper Card Club members can get $8 tickets by presenting their card in the Black Bears front office on the third floor of Visions Veterans Memorial Arena.

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