by Rob Lippolis

BINGHAMTON- The Binghamton Black Bears fell at home Friday night to the Watertown Wolves 5-2.  The Black Bears winning-streak ends at 4-games as Owen Liskiewicz shines as Watertown’s netminder.  

The contest started like a boxing match, both teams felling each other out early in the first period, with no real high-danger chances.  Watertown began to tilt the ice in their favor halfway through the period, and they would be rewarded.  Ben Maidment threw a wrist towards the net and with a deflection off a defender, Watertown took the lead 1-0.  The Black Bears had a couple of chances late in the period but were unbale to convert any 5on5 chances.  The Wolves had the lead after 20.  

Fireworks ensued during the middle frame, as the Wolves were able to extend their lead to 3-0.  However, after the third goal, the Black Bears answered the wake-up call.  Bret Parker followed up a Nikita Ivashkin stuff chance and got the Black Bears on the board.  

10 penalties would be issued in the second, after none were given out during the first.  Neither team was able to score on the power play on Friday night.  Binghamton out-shot Watertown 16-12 in the period, but still found themselves in a two-goal deficit.  

The Black Bears would kill off four minutes to begin the third, trying to generate momentum.  Jesse Anderson was inches away from making it a one-goal game, But Owen Liskiewicz made a dazzling save to keep the Black Bears out of the net.  Late in the period the Black Bears would go on a power play, but the Wolves would be the team to score on special teams.  A short-handed goal was thought to be the nail in the coffin, but Tyler Gjurich found career goal 299 and extend his point streak to 45-games.  

Watertown found an empty-netter and that would be the final goal of the night, Watertown wins 5-2 on Friday night.   

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