MOTOR CITY ROCKERS at BINGHAMTON BLACK BEARS
Black Bears Barrage
by Brooks Hill
Binghamton, NY - - The Binghamton Black Bears defeated the Motor City Rockers 8-1 on Saturday night. Binghamton scored eight goals unanswered after allowing the first goal on the power play.
Motor City earned the game’s first power play, and the league’s best went right to work. Josh Colten started the scoring with his fourth power play goal of the season, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead. It did not take long for the Black Bears to respond though, Nikita Ivashkin tied the game 50 seconds later by outwaiting the goaltender and shooting for the far-side.
In his return to Binghamton, Jake Schultz scored with four minutes left in the period, giving Binghamton a lead going into the locker room.
The second period is where the Black Bears took control of the game. Four different players scored in the middle frame, Kirkby, Logar, Smith, and Bohn extended the Black Bears lead to 6-1 after 40 minutes.
The third period moved quickly, Schultz added another power play goal for Binghamton, their third of the night, and Smith grabbed his second of the night with a minute left on the clock. Binghamton wins 8-1, extending their home point streak to 21 games dating back to last season.
Binghamton Unplugs Rockers With 8-1 Win
by Ben Szilagy
Binghamton, NY - The Rockers could not slow down the high octane offense of the Binghamton Black Bears on Saturday night as Motor City dropped the first meeting between the top two teams in the Empire Division 8-1.
The Rockers jumped out to an early lead thanks to its power play.
Pavel Svintsov moved the puck to Adam Kuhn in the neutral zone as he avoided a collision. Kuhn knifed his way to the far side circle and hit Josh Colten in the slot where the Rockers’ defensemen flicked the puck for a 1-0 lead with 18:20 to play in the opening period.
It was the only time Motor City scored on the night as it was outshot 64-to-22 by the Black Bears.
Binghamton tied the score, 1-1, a minute later with a goal immediately after an ensuing face-off in the offensive zone. Josh Fletcher won the draw to Nikita Ivashkin who worked his way into the slot, deked, and fired the tying goal to the upper right corner with 17:27 left in the first period.
A drop off pass from Tom Wray to Jake Schultz along the near side circle allowed Schultz to step in and fire the puck to the top shelf for a 2-1 lead that Binghamton wouldn’t surrender.
The Black Bears netted four goals in the second period, two even strength and two on the power play that extended its lead to 6-1 by the end of 40 minutes.
Dakota Bohn and Andrew Logar recorded the power play goals while Tyson Kirkby and Andrew Logar scored when it was even strength for Binghamton.
Schultz and Smith added their second goals of the night in the third period for an 8-1 lead.
Motor City will look to rebound after this New York road trip as the Rockers will head to Wytheville, VA to take on the Blue Ridge Bobcats next weekend in their only meeting in the Old Dominion state this season.