BINGHAMTON BLACK BEARS at MOTOR CITY ROCKERS
Rockers Fall To Black Bears 7-5 In Back and Forth Affair
by Ben Szilagy
Fraser, MI - The Binghamton Black Bears have been dominant at home all season, but it has also been a staunch opponent on the road.
On Friday, the Rockers looked to host the Black Bears for the first time this season in hopes to cut into Binghamton’s division lead.
Unfortunately, Motor City couldn’t keep pace as it chased goals from the second period on as the Rockers lost 7-5 at Big Boy Arena snapping a two game win streak.
The Rockers thought it struck first in the first four minutes with a deflected shot from Scott Coash that was waved off. It was determined that the blade touched the puck too high and a high stick was called.
That didn’t deter Motor City, however. It emboldened them.
Midway through the first period Jonthan Juliano centered the puck from the nearside corner to the slot, which allowed Roman Gaudet to step in and rip a shot for a 1-0 lead.
The Black Bears tied the score after a successful power play kill when Jesse Anderson cleared the puck onto the stick of a freed Gavin Yates that hit him in stride out of the box. Yates raced into the Rockers’ end and beat Ricky Gonzalez with a series of dekes for a 1-1 tie with 4:08 to play in the first.
Binghamton wouldn’t let the lead slip out of its paws the rest of the night.
44-seconds into the second period the Black Bears newly acquired forward Andrew Uturo earned his first pro goal after a tic-tac-toe back and forth with Gavin Yates that Uturo finished in the far circle for a 2-1 lead.
The Rockers tied the score, 2-2, on the power play off the stick of Jameson Milam when he finished a pass from Nick Gullo in the offensive zone midway through the second period.
The back and forth continued from there.
Yates earned his second of the night when he sniped the top shelf in the far side circle for a 3-2 lead with 8:04 in the period. Motor City’s Ryan Rotondi picked up a loose puck in the neutral zone and walked into the offensive zone for his first goal of the year for a 3-3 tie five minutes later. Binghamton retook the lead with 29.2 seconds left in the period when Dakota Bohn fired a shot from the point for his first of the night and a 4-3 lead.
The tug of war continued into the third when Scott Coash tied the score seven minutes into the final frame before the Black Bears used the power play to grab an insurance goal after Jesse Anderson made it a 5-4 game eight minutes later.
Bohn fired another hard shot from the point after Tyson Kirkby cycled the puck from the half wall that blazed through a crowd for a 6-4 lead.
Motor City’s Jonathan Juliano earned a power play goal to bring the Rockers within one, 6-5, with 6:21 to play before the Black Bears recorded an empty net goal with 35 seconds left off the stick of Austin Thompson for his 11th of the season.
Motor City and Binghamton will square off again on Saturday during HomeTown Heroes Night at Big Boy Arena where the puck will drop at 6:05pm.
BLACK BEARS OUTLAST ROCKERS IN HIGH-SCORING AFFAIR
by Brooks Hill
Fraser, MI - The Binghamton Black Bears outlasted the Motor City Rockers 7-5 on Friday Night in a high-scoring affair. Gavin Yates was named the 1st Star of the game with 2 goals and 3 assists. Dakota Bohn was named 2nd Star with his first career Hat Trick.
Motor City started the scoring in the first period. Roman Gaudet was able to squeak one through to make it 1-0. Gavin Yates responded with Binghamton’s first goal of the night, tying the game at 1-1. That would end the lowest-scoring period of the night.
As the second period opened up, so did the scoring. Andrew Uturo gave Binghamton the lead with his first career goal, in his professional debut. The Black Bears held the lead for about eight minutes until Jameson Milam tied the game for the Rockers on the power play. Like a tennis match, the teams volleyed back and forth trading goals. Yates scored his second, then Ryan Rotondi tied the game, and Dakota Bohn was able to send Binghamton to the room up by one, leading 4-3 at the second break.
Seven minutes into the third period, the Rockers scored, tying the game at 4-4. 22 seconds later, the Black Bears answered back as Jesse Anderson picked up his 5th goal of the year. Bohn added another power play strike for Binghamton extending their lead 6-4, but Motor City wasn’t finished yet.
The Rockers were able to manage a final power play goal, making it a one goal contest with four minutes left in regulation. With the net empty, Bohn would shoot the puck the length of the ice into the vacated crease, sealing the game for the Black Bears and earning himself his first career hat trick. Binghamton wins 7-5 in a 12-goal battle in Michigan.