DANBURY HAT TRICKS at BINGHAMTON BLACK BEARS
Black Bears Best Hat Tricks
by Brooks Hill
Binghamton, NY.- The Binghamton Black Bears defeated their Empire Division rivals, the Danbury Hat Tricks, by a final score of 6-2. Binghamton uses a three-goal second and third period to propel themselves to victory for the secondstraight victory over Danbury.
During a scoreless first, the Black Bears were able to generate 17 shots on goal, compared to the Hat Tricks six. Neither team went on the power play, as the teams played 5-on-5 for the entire 20 minutes. A crowd of 4,622 was eagerly waiting for something to cheer about.
The second period opened with the Black Bears going on the power play, but they were unable to convert. Danbury received the next extra-man opportunity, this time with a different result. The struggling Danbury powerplay was able to convert on the first try, making it 1-0 Danbury. The Black Bears would tie the game at 1-1 with Ivashkin’s first of the night, just a minute later. Binghamton grabbed the lead, scoring back to back goals, thanks to Austin Thompson on the power play.
Dustin Jessau was able to push the game back to even terms with a beautiful goal on the backhand. Once again, the Black Bears had an answer almost immediately. Bret Parker wristed one past the goaltender, giving he Black Bears a 3-2 advantage. After a slow first period, the offense ramped up for five-combined goals.
The third period was controlled by Black Bears. Three more goals found the net for the Black Bears. Ivashkin tailed the highlight-reel goal by executing a backhand-wraparound goal to give either side the first two-goal led of the entire night. JT Walters was able to score his first of the season to extend the lead to three. Then, Gavin Yates was able to ice the game away with an empty net goal.
Black Bears win 6-2.
Binghamton will travel on the road to take on the Delaware Thunder. Binghamton leads 5-0-0 in the season series so far. The Black Bears will return home next weekend on Friday, February 3 rd and Saturday, February 4 th for Mental Health Awareness Night, and Star Wars Night. Tickets are available at Binghamtonblackbears.com.
Hat Tricks Fall in Binghamton
by Chris Lynch
Binghamton, NY - Saturday, January 21st offered a tense, back and forth matchup between the Danbury Hat Tricks and Binghamton Black Bears. Friday night offered a rematch in the Valley of Opportunity and while the first two periods were competitive, the third got out of hand for the Hat Tricks.
After a goal-less first period, the teams combined for five second period tallies. Michael Marchesan opened the scoring with a power play goal against his former team at the 6:43 mark of the frame. Nikita Ivashkin and Austin Thompson answered with goals at the 9:03 and 11:14 marks respectively to take the Black Bears’ first lead of the game. Dustin Jesseau countered with a beautiful solo drive to tie the game at the 15:09 point, but Brett Parker restored the Binghamton lead before the second intermission.
Nikita Ivashkin opened the third period with his second goal of the game 4:38 into the third and recorded an assist on JT Walters’ goal at the 5:52 point of the frame to complete his four point night and put Binghamton ahead 5-2. Gavin Yates capped off the night with an empty-net goal to end the scoring at 6-2 and give the Black Bears a win over the Hat Tricks.
Danbury drops to 22-4-4 while Binghamton improves to 21-7-2. The Black Bears climb to 63 points in the standings, sitting only two points behind the Hat Tricks’ total of 65.
Brian Wilson stopped 38 of 43 shots on net for Danbury while Riley McVeigh stopped 29 of 31 shots for Binghamton.
Danbury will regroup with a home matchup at the front end of a home-and-home with the Elmira Mammoth on Saturday night at the Danbury Arena. Puck drops at 7PM.