Elmira Takes A Bite Out of Binghamton, 6-3

by Jon Kliment

Elmira came into the weekend up 7 points over the Watertown Wolves looking for a chance to extend their lead as they had a back to back weekend against Binghamton and Watertown. With three points on the line Friday night against the Black Bears Elmira came into the game knowing they would have to be willing to push their attack and whether some of Binghamton's. 

Both sides had chances through the first 20 minutes but with some crucial saves Sammy Bernard had an answer for every Black Bears attempt and on the other side Nolan Egbert kept things knotted up. A couple of posts were as close as either side would come through 20 minutes. 

The second period started off with a bang as Dominic Dumas got a pass fired over from Darius Davidson and put it behind an out of position Egbert for the 1-0 lead. 6:40 later Cameron Clark for Binghamton took advantage of a shot off the back boards to tuck in the tying goal for Binghamton 1-1. In the second half of the period after each side swapped 5 on 3 power play opportunities Elmira found their footing as after a Trevor Neumann shot bounced out to Dustin Jesseau he passed the puck to a wide open Davide Gaeta to give Elmira the 2-1 lead. 3:10 later after a shooting gallery towards Egbert bounced a puck out to Mark Pozsar who buried it for a 3-1 lead for the River Sharks. 

Bret Parker kept the surge going just shy of the halfway point in the third with a breakaway goal through Egbert's legs to give Elmira the 4-1 lead. However, Binghamton was no pushover and found a way to come back as Austin Thompson and Jake Schultz were both able to find the back of the net past Sammy Bernard. Unlike earlier matchups it was the River Sharks who found extra legs as Darius Davidson picked up a rebound of a Dominic Dumas shot and buried it behind Egbert for the 5-3 lead. A late empty net goal from the returning Elijah Wilson finished off the Bears 6-3.

Bernard stopped 31 of 34 for his 12th win of the season.

Elmira is back in action tomorrow night against the Watertown Wolves at 6:07pm. It is Hockey For All night with specialty jerseys available on DASH Auctions! Get your tickets on Ticketmaster, the Ticketmaster app, #FeartheFin