by Jacob Johnson
Elmira, NY - The Elmira Mammoth are still searching for that first win in Franchise History as they fell to the Binghamton Black Bears by a final score of 6-3.
Just 2 minutes and 16 seconds into this game Nikita Ivashkin found himself in front of the night, He used his speed to work by defenders and found the back of the night. Josh Newberg and Bret Parker received assists on the goal.
But not long after that Parker Moskal shot from what looked like an impossible angle to even things up at 1. Isaiah Crawford earned his first assist on the season as well as Tate Leeson.
In a recurring theme of the night Tyson Kirkby scored his first goal at 9:19 in the period, it would go down as an unassisted goal.
The Mammoth then found themselves on a 5-3 powerplay at 14:39 in the 1st period. In a connection that hooked up for back-to-back goals Yianni Liarakos scored on a one timer that flew past Owen Liskiewicz. Parker Moskal received the only assist on the goal. Then just 40 seconds later the two connected again. Yianni Liarakos scored his 2nd of the night and Moskal received his 2nd assist and 3rd point. Brandon Beard also had a secondary assist. That would be all the scoring the Mammoth would do the rest of the game.
After the goal the Black Bears switched it up in between the pipes bringing in Riley McVeigh, who faced 36 shots and made 36 saves after coming in.
To even things up Tyson Kirkby scored again this time with assists from Tyler Gjurich and Parker. That would end the first period all knotted up at 3.
The lone goal in the 2nd period came on a wraparound chance from Bret Parker, he went nearside to nearside and snuck it past Trevor Micucci.
With just 2 minutes and 57 seconds remaining Ivashkin recorded his 2nd goal of the night with some pretty passing from Binghamton. Oganezov and Parker received the assists. Parker would go on to finish with 4 points.
The final nail in the coffin was an empty netter from Tyson Kirkby to seal his hat trick with just over a minute and a half to play. Kirkby received the 1st star of the night, followed by McVeigh and Liarakos.
The Mammoth will return home tomorrow night against Binghamton with puck drop scheduled for 6:35 PM. Tickets are still available on Firstarena.net.