BINGHAMTON BLACK BEARS at WATERTOWN WOLVES
Wolves Top Binghamton
by Jeff Barrett
Watertown, NY -This Saturday evening found the Empire division leading Binghamton Black Bears in Watertown to take on the Wolves. This would be the third meeting of the early season between these two squads, with the Black Bears winning both previous games.
It was very evident right from the start that this was going to be a physical contest, as both teams delivered big hits in the early going.
Nikita Ivashkin got the scoring started for the Black Bears at the 9:12 mark of the first, when he was able to bet the defense to the front of the goal and lifted a nasty wrist shot to the top of the cage over the shoulder of Wolves starter Eloli Bouchard giving Binghamton a 1-0 lead.
That score remained through to the first intermission. Binghamton outshot Watertown 13 to 8. Binghamton was 0 for 2 on power plays in the first.
Period number 2 started strong for the Wolves as they were able to tie the game at 1 a piece at the 2:50 mark when Marc Bottero smacked home a rebound past Black Bears starter Nolan Egbert to give Watertown their first goal. Assists on the goal belonged to Carter Thornton and William Godbout.
Less than three minutes later the Wolves took the lead for the first time when Trevor Lord roofed a shot from the slot area at 4:24 of the period, assisted by Tate Leeson and Justin Schmit, making the score 2-1.
The Wolves extended the lead to 3-1 at 9:53 of the frame when Aleksandr Gamzatov scored his first for the Wolves when he won a scramble for a loose puck in front of the goal and was able to slide it home assisted by Tate Leeson and Trevor Lord.
At 11:57 Vladislav Pavlov slipped the puck behind Egbert, ending his night and giving the Wolves a 4-1 lead. Assists were provided by Chase DiBari and Dakota Seaman.
The Black Bears continued to outshoot the Wolves 10 to 9 in the period.
At the 12:52 mark of the third period, Ivan Sergeev extended the Watertown lead to 5-1 as he forced the puck through two different checks and went top shelf over Connor McAnanama, exciting the Watertown faithful once again. Trevor Lord and Tate Leeson were credited with assists on the goal.
The Wolves would have to battle 5 on 3 power plays twice in the final seven minute to hold on for the 5-1 win over the Black Bears. Binghamton outshot Watertown 17 to 5 in the third making the totals 40-20 in favor of the Black Bears. Binghamton was 0 for 9 on power plays while Watertown was 0 for 1 with the extra man.
The Wolves will be back in action Wednesday night when they host the Motor City Rockers in a 7:30 start. Binghamton will also be home on Wednesday as they host the Danbury Hat Tricks at the Visions Veterans Memorial Arena for a 6:00 puck drop.
BINGHAMTON FALLS IN WATERTOWN
by Brooks Hill
Watertown, NY - The Binghamton Black Bears fell on the road to the Watertown Wolves, 5-1 on Saturday night. Watertown scored the final five goals of the game, becoming the first team to defeat Binghamton in regulation time.
Binghamton was on the board first in the opening period. Nikita Ivashkin was sprung off a stretch pass from the d-zone and able to score his 8th goal of the season. It’s Ivashkin’s 99th career goal, moving him up to a tie with Josh Hennessy for 7th all-time in Binghamton Hockey history. Black Bears carried a 1-0 lead into the locker room.
Unfortunately for the Black Bears, that is where the scoring ended, as Watertown took advantage of the long-second period change, scoring four goals in the middle frame. Bottero, Lord, Gamzatov, and Pavlov took advantage of their opportunities, and gave a three-goal cushion to the home team after 40.
The power play could not get going in the third for the Black Bears. Watertown scored a final goal in the third, capping off a five-goal night for the Wolves.
Binghamton falls to 7-1-3 after 11 games on the season, still in 1st place in the Empire Division.
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