BINGHAMTON BLACK BEARS at DELAWARE THUNDER
Black Bears Dominate the Thunder
by Jeff Heacock
Harrington, DE - The Delaware Thunder returned home from a tough game in Binghamton and lost for the second straight night to the Black Bears by a score of 8-5.
The first period started out a little slow with the Thunder getting on the board first 15 minutes in on a goal by Marquis Grant-Mentis. Binghamton was able to knot the score just 7 seconds later when Jestin Somero put the Black Bears on the board. The score was knotted at 1 at the first intermission.
The scoring really opened up in the second period with Binghamton scoring early to take a 2-1 lead. Delaware tied it back up on a shorthanded goal by Grant-Mentis just over a minute later. Binghamton was able to regain the lead 3-2 just 20 seconds later. The Black Bears then received 2 more goals from Don Olivieri and Connor Smith to take a 5-2 lead with 4 minutes left in the second. The Thunder were able to get the next 2 goals after that from Houston Wilson and Charlie Bedard to narrow the score to 5-4 at the second intermission.
In the third period, Binghamton scored three straight from Yates, Somero and Newberg to take a big 8-4 lead late. Delaware was able to add the final goal in the closing seconds by Danila Milushkin to make the final score 8-5 Binghamton.
The Thunder close out the season next weekend at home against the Watertown Wolves for 2 games.
Binghamton Sweeps Delaware 10-0-0 This Season
by Brooks Hill
Harrington, DE - The Binghamton Black Bears defeated the Delaware Thunder 8-5 on the road on Saturday night. Binghamton completes the season sweep of Delaware winning all 10 games this season in regulation.
Delaware started the scoring in the first period. Marquis Grant-Mentis shot a puck to the front to the net that deflected off a Black Bears skate, into the net. A quick response from Binghamton followed, as Jestin Somero scored on a odd-mad rush just seven seconds later. Binghamton was able to put 19 shots on goal but went to the locker room tied at 1-1.
The floodgates burst open in the second period as both teams combined for seven goals. Andrew Logar gave the Black Bears the lead two minutes into the period, but Delaware returned the favor right back. Grant-Mentis scored on a shorthanded breakaway, that poked the metaphorical bears. Don Olivieri scored on the next two power plays, Connor Smith joined the fun as well, making 5-2 Binghamton with five remaining on the clock.
Delaware began to mount a parital comeback scoring the final two goals of the period, making it a one-goal game going into the final period. Binghamton led 5-4 after outscoring Delaware, 4-3 in the second.
The Black Bears made a switch in goal going into the third, Jeremie Forget played the final 20 minutes, stopping seven of eight shots. Talor Joseph received the win as the Black Bears were still leading when he exited the contest. Gavin Yates, Somero, and Josh Newberg all scored in the final period, as the Black Bears defeated the Thunder for the 10th and final time this season, 8-5.
Binghamton will wrap up the regular season next weekend with a home-and-home season against the Elmira Mammoth Friday and Saturday night. The Black Bears wrap up their home schedule on Saturday at 7:00P.M. for Fan Appreciation Night. Tickets are still available at binghamtonblackbears.com/tickets