River Dragons Take Season Series Against River Sharks, 4-1

by Jon Kliment

The season series on the line the River Sharks came into Saturday night looking to even things up after a close game Friday night. Elmira had Sammy Bernard back between the pipes on Saturday and looked for their offense to provide support.

Despite a scoreless first period things went Columbus' way early as a penalty from the pregame skate gave Columbus the early man power advantage. Despite each side having opportunities with the man advantage it wasn't until the second period that the scoreboard finally was triggered. After an offensive opportunity went awry for the River Sharks, Josh Pietrantonio and Justin MacDonald broke in on Bernard, after making an initial save on Pietrantonio Sammy couldn't get back as MacDonald buried the rebound for the 1-0 advantage. Three minutes later MacDonald added his second of the night after Steven Ford had to race for the bench after having his helmet knocked off and another rebound came right on the stick of MacDonald. 3:01 a power play was converted on as Alex Storjohann beat Bernard for the 3-0 lead. 

Elmira battled back however as Steven Ford found a rebound and tucked it past a sprawling  Talor Joseph to pull the Sharks back into the game 3-1 with 4:15 to go in the second. However that would be it as far as the River Sharks offense went. An empty netter late from Kyle Moore sealed the game for the River Dragons.

Bernard stopped 36 of 39 in the loss.

The River Sharks return home to the Shark Tank on Friday January 19th against the Watertown Wolves. Get your tickets online on Ticketmaster or by calling the box office at 607-734-PUCK. #FeartheFin