BINGHAMTON BLACK BEARS at DANBURY HAT TRICKS
HAT TRICKS FORCE GAME 3 WITH 5-2 WIN OVER BINGHAMTON
by Chris Lynch
Danbury, CT - The Danbury Hat Tricks returned home in the pouring rain early Saturday morning after a 6-1 defeat in Binghamton against the Black Bears. The team turned around and rallied for a spirited win in front of a standing room crowd at the Danbury Ice Arena, with a 5-2 final.
Following a physical and goalless first period, Danbury notched the first goal of the game early in the second off the snapshot from Michael Marchesan. The former Black Bear recorded his first goal of the series and fourth of the postseason. Danbury followed up that tally with continued postseason power play success when Jonny Ruiz extended the lead to 2-0 with 6:01 left in the stanza.
Binghamton got one back courtesy of Donald Olivieri on a power play shot that snuck through Brian Wilson, but Danbury still led 2-1 at intermission.
Billy McCreary’s team came onto the ice for the third period with an air of desperation in the third period and started the scoring 1:08 into the frame, with Jacob Ratcliffe doing the honors. Binghamton pulled the goalie to reduce the deficit again to 3-2, courtesy of Mac Lewis, but could not completely close the gap. Jonny Ruiz and Tobias Odjick landed empty net goals to close the scoring at 5-2.
Brian Wilson stopped 33 of 35 shots in the Danbury net. Talor Joseph recorded 32 saves, including several ten-bell saves, on 35 shots faced.
Danbury ties the series at one game a piece and extends the semifinals to Game Three on Monday, May 1st at the Danbury Ice Arena. The winner advances to the Commissioner’s Cup Finals.
Puck drops for Game 3 at 7 PM.
DANBURY EVENS SERIES AT 1-1
by Brooks Hill
Danbury, CT - The Binghamton Black Bears fell on the road in game two of the semifinals, 5-2 on Saturday night. Binghamton’s late surge was thwarted by two Danbury empty net goals, pushing the score further away from how the game was played.
With their backs against the wall, Danbury came out of the gates buzzing. Talor Joseph was able to weather the storm, turning aside 14 shots in the first period. The Black Bears were able to put up 11 of their own but Brian Wilson stood tall in his crease. Through 20 minutes, nobody was able to crack the scoreboard.
Early in the second, that story would change. Danbury’s Michael Marchesan stole a puck at the blue line as about to score on a partial breakaway, giving the Hat Tricks a 1-0 lead. 10 minutes would by, then the home team earned the first power play of the game. Jonny Ruiz was able to score 40 seconds into the man-advantage, doubling the Danbury lead. A quick answer came from Binghamton as Don Olivieri scored another power play goal, cutting the lead in half. Danbury held a 2-1 lead after two periods.
The Hat Tricks came out the locker room hot in the third. Jacob Ratcliffe scored at the 1:08 mark, reclaiming Danbury’s two-goal lead. Binghamton was forced to chase the game in the third. Mac Lewis was able to score an extra-attacker goal with two and a half remaining, but Danbury was able to add two more empty netters, securing the game two victory and staying off elimination.
A winner-take-all, game three will be played on Monday, May 1st, at 7:00p.m. hosted by the Danbury Hat Tricks. For the second-straight season, Danbury and Binghamton will play a game three.