BINGHAMTON BLACK BEARS at CAROLINA THUNDERBIRDS
Carolina Bounces Back, Takes Down Binghamton, 8-3
Kennedy, Salak, net a pair of goals in victory
by Brendan Reilly
Winston-Salem, NC -Following a 2-1 victory last night against the Binghamton Black Bears, the Carolina Thunderbirds bounced back in a big way, putting up eight goals against the Black Bears on the way to an 8-3 victory Saturday night at the Annex.
Carolina (12-3-0) wasted no time in the first period with Jon Buttitta deflecting home a shot from Joe Kennedy giving the Thunderbirds a 1-0 lead quickly. Three minutes later, the Thunderbirds doubled their advantage with Kennedy getting lose at the near dot, beating Binghamton (12-2-3) netminder Sam LiVecchi five hole making it 2-0. The Thunderbirds added on two more goals in the first period before Binghamton got on the board, cutting the deficit in half with goals from Jesse Anderson and Gavin Yates before the end of the 1st, making it 4-2.
In the second, Carolina found three goals in 30 seconds starting at the 5:39 mark. Jan Salak beat Nolan Egbert near side building the lead back to three, 5-2. 20 seconds later, Kennedy got his second of the night on a shot from the point, making it a four-goal game again, 6-2. Ten seconds later, Gus Ford capped off the flurry of goals for his 13th of the season and gave the Thunderbirds a 7-2 lead going to the third.
In the third, Nikita Ivashkin cut the lead to four at the 5:58 mark but that was all Binghamton could manage as Mario Cavaliere made 10 saves in the third and Salak got his second of the night with just 16 seconds remaining, putting the finishing touches on Binghamton, 8-3.
In the win, nine Thunderbirds picked up multi-point games with Ford leading the way with four points and Kennedy picking up three on the night. The eight goals ties a single game season high.
After going 5-1-0 on the six-game homestand, Carolina hits the road to Michigan next weekend to see the Motor City Rockers on Friday evening and the Port Huron Prowlers on Saturday. Puck drop from the Big Boy Arena on Friday night is set for 7:35 p.m.
WIN STEAK ENDS IN WINSTON-SALEM
by Brooks Hill
Winston-Salem, NC - The Binghamton Black Bears fell on the road to the Carolina Thunderbirds for just the second time in regulation this season. Carolina used a four-goal first period to propel themselves over the Black Bears 8-3.
Carolina was out for revenge from Friday night’s game, and it started quickly. The T-Birds scored four goals in the opening 10:30. Binghamton switched goaltenders and caught a little bit of a spark to end the frame. Jesse Anderson scored his first goal of the season, and Gavin Yates followed right behind. Binghamton was able to creep back into game at the break, trailing 4-2.
Carolina dominated the second period, scoring all three goals. The last bright spot came in the final frame as Nikita Ivashkin was able to score his 11th goal of the season.
Binghamton losses in regulation for the second time this season but manage to win the season series claiming seven points to Carolina’s five.
The Black Bears return home next weekend to
take on the Danbury Hat Tricks and Watertown Wolves on Friday and Saturday night.