MOTOR CITY ROCKERS at BINGHAMTON BLACK BEARS
Big 1st Period Lifts Black Bears
by Brooks Hill
Binghamton, NY - The Binghamton Black Bears defeated the Motor City Rockers for the second time this season, winning 6-3. Don Olivieri recorded his first hat trick of the season in front of 4,224 fans.
The Black Bears were first on the board this time around against the Rockers. Don Olivieri grabbed his 10th of the season and 1st of the night on a back-handed shot that squeaked past Trevor Babin. 24 seconds later, Liam Anderson was the recipient of a fortunate bounce off the glass. The puck bounced into the blue paint and was deflected back into the Motor City net, now leading 2-0. Motor City took the game’s first penalty but were able to score first on special teams. TJ Delaney scored his 2 nd shorthanded goal of the season putting the Rockers on the board. With some time left in power play, Olivieri was able to blast his 2nd of the night past the goaltender, giving Binghamton a 3-1 advantage at the break.
A much quicker second period, with very few whistles, led to offense on both ends of the ice. The coast-to-coast action was filled with chances, saves, and only one goal. Binghamton was able to cash-in on their second power play of the night, as Andrew Logar earned his 10th goal of the season. Motor City was able to kill off a 5-on-3 chance to gain some momentum back and carried 20 seconds of power play time into the third period.
The final period was much more even, as both teams saw man-advantages, and a pair of goals each. Olivieri would become the second Black Bear of the season to record a hat trick, scoring his 3 rd and final goal of the night. Josh Colten then scored his 2nd power play goal of the series. Connor Smith traded that tally with one of his own, then in the dying seconds, Erik Oganezov scored his first of the year. Binghamton’s big first period, lifted them to victory, 6-1.
Olivieri's Hat-Trick Propels Black Bears Against Motor City
by Ben Szilagy
Binghamton, NY - The Motor City Rockers started the Empire State weekend trip off with a 6-3 loss to the Binghamton Black Bears on Friday night at Visions Veteran Memorial.
Binghamton took the lead early thanks to two goals and a little bit of puck luck.
The first goal came from a blast from JT Walters from the point that was turned away by Trevor Babin. But Donald Oliveri picked up the rebound in the slot and fired a lazy back-hand that slid under the pads of Babin for a 1-0 lead with 12:59 to play in the opening period.
22-seconds later Liam Anderson fired a hard shot from the point that was stopped by Babin with his blocker but ricocheted into the net for a 2-0 lead.
Motor City was able to chip into the lead while attempting to kill a power play.
TJ Delaney picked up a loose puck in the Rockers D-Zone and started an attack with Jonathan Juliano. After a drop off pass to Juliano, and shot on goal, Delaney pick up the rebound on the far side post and put in the rebound that cut into the lead 2-1 with 7:59 to play in the first period.
The Black Bears converted the power play 24 seconds later when Oliveri scored his second of the game for a 3-1 lead.
Binghamton added to its lead with the lone goal of the second period when the puck was fed from the right circle from Austin Thompson to Andrew Logar who was all alone in between the hash marks and fired the puck in from point blank range for a 4-1 lead.
Oliveri completed his first FPHL hat-trick in the first 5:22 of the third period when he roofed a back-hand for a 5-1 lead.
Motor City earned a goal on the power play, as the Rockers went 1-for-4 on the man advantage when Josh Colten fired the puck from the point that beat Connor McAnanama for a 5-2 game. It was Colten’s first goal since the Rockers played Binghamton on January 6th.
Binghamton got one back off the stick of Connor Smith from the right circle for a 6-2 lead, before Erik Oganezov’s first goal as a Rocker with 38 seconds left in the game for a 6-3 final.
Motor City will now travel for two games against the Watertown Wolves on Saturday and Sunday before heading home to play the Binghamton Black Bears at Big Boy Arena next weekend.