BINGHAMTON BLACK BEARS at WATERTOWN WOLVES
Wolves Come Up Short
by Jeff Barrett
Watertown, NY - Game number 2 of a home and home series between the Watertown Wolves and the Binghamton Black Bears had both teams travelling up Rt 81 in New Your State to the Watertown Municipal Arena.
The Black Bears were the first to light the lamp at the 4:44 mark as Nikita Ivashkin took advantage of a rebound off Watertown keeper Travis Ridgen, and put the Bears up 1-0.
Brendan Stanko extended the Bears lead following up his own shot on goal, and hit Ridgen's foot off the rebound to make the score 2-0 at 14:39 of the period.
The Wolves would cut into the lead when Tate Leeson was able to continue his scoring ways with a nasty wrist shot from 15 feet out and beat the Black Bears netminder Nolan Egbert at the 18:42 mark for a power play goal.
The period ended with Black Bears out shooting the Wolves 14 to 11, and Binghamton holding onto the 2-1 lead.
As they've done all season, the Wolves would battle back after falling behind early, to tie the score on a Chase DiBari goal at the 7:55 mark, assisted by Trevor Lord and Vladislav Pavlov, knotting the game at 2 a piece.
The Black Bears jumped back into the lead when three white jerseys got behind the Watertown defense, and Austin Thompson would be the benefactor of some tic tac toe passing from Thomas Wray and Tyson Kirkby, netting the goal at the 15:14 of the period.
Binghamton would take the 3-2 lead to the locker room after 40 minutes of play. The Black Bears continued to out shoot the Wolves, 15 to 11 in the period.
At 2:27 of period 3, the Black Bears would extend their lead when JT Walters knifed a shot past Wolves keeper Josh Rosenzweig, giving the Black Bears a 4-2 lead.
At the 8:44 mark, once again the Wolves battled back to get within a goal on a blast from Tate Leeson making the score 4-3. Assists on the goal belonged to Chase DiBari and Michael Mercurio, but that's as close as the Wolves would get.
Tyson Kirkby added an insurance goal for Bingham
ton at 15:13 of the period assisted by Jesse Anderson and Austin Thompson making it 5-3.
The Black Bears outshot Watertown 12 to 9 in the third making the totals for the game 4as they host 1 to 31.
Watertown will be back in action next Friday November 3rd , as they host the Danbury Hat Tricks for a 7:30 puck drop.
The Binghamton Black Bears will travel to Danbury, Ct to face the Hat Tricks on Saturday evening at 7:00