History Made...

by Brooks Hill

BINGHAMTON- The Binghamton Black Bears have become the 2023-24 Empire Division Champions with a 5-2 victory over the Watertown Wolves.  The Black Bears are the first team in Binghamton hockey history since the 2013-14 Binghamton Senators to win a division title.  

The party started late, Watertown got the first goal of the game on the power play.  Binghamton was peppering the Wolves’ goalie, as they put a season-high 29 shots on goal but had nothing to show for it.  Wolves led on the road, 1-0 after 20 minutes.

Connor Smith gave the arena life, as he scored his first goal in last seven games tying the game at 1-1.  Just minutes later, the cowboy lassoed a rebound, giving Binghamton their first lead of the night at 2-1.  From there, the Black Bears never looked back.  

Binghamton continued to control the pace of play in the third.  Tyson Kirkby was able to pot his 31st of the season, a new career-high high, which also developed into the game-winning goal.  The Black Bears got into some penalty trouble late, and Watertown was able to inch closer, but the Black Bears tallied the final goal into the empty net.  Binghamton won 5-2.  

With Columbus defeating Motor City in regulation time, the Black Bears will be able to clinch their first division title in franchise history.

The Binghamton Black Bears are the 2023-24 Empire Division Champions!

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