Black Bears Sweep Mammoth, Winning 4-2 in Game 2

by Jacob Johnson

Elmira, NY - The Elmira Mammoth took a tough 4-2 loss against the Binghamton Black Bears as they continue to search for win number 1 in program history.

The Elmira Mammoth continued their impressive 1st period play taking a 1-0 lead on a cross ice pass from Justin Levac down low to Yianni Liarakos where he was able to deflect it into the back of the net. 

Six minutes later the impressive speed and skill was put on show by Nikita Ivashkin as he skated by the defense and scored another goal against the Elmira Mammoth, his 3rd in 2 nights. M.J. Maerkl and J.T. Walters paired up for the assists. 

With just 16 seconds left in the period and on the powerplay the Mammoth went into the locker room with a smile on their face. Just like last night they drew up a Yianni Liarakos one-timer that he buried by Riley McVeigh. Chris Maratea received the apple on the goal. But that is all the scoring the Mammoth would do in this one. 

Just about 2 minutes into period two Jesse Anderson found himself with the puck on his stick and fired it past Thomas Proudlock. Proudlock made 35 saves on 38 shot attempts. Mac Lewis and Erik Oganezov received assists on the goal and that made it a tie game at 2. 

Back and forth for about the next 8 minutes finally resulted in a Binghamton goal. It was a 5 on 3 opportunity and much like the Mammoth the Black Bears drew up a one timer from their captain Jake Schultz. A rocket shot that went past Proudlock made the game 3-2. 

Tyler Gjurich would then seal the deal with an empty netter with just 26 seconds left in the game. The Gjurich goal was unassisted and that would be the final tally on the scoreboard. 

Binghamton comes away with a 4-2 win over the Elmira Mammoth. The Mammoth will now travel to Danbury next weekend to take on the Hat Tricks. They will return home Saturday November 19th against the Watertown Wolves.