River Sharks Claw Back, Can't Overcome Black Bears 6-4

by Jon Kliment

After a rough five game skid Elmira returned to the only other arena they have played in this year to battle the Black Bears who have been a thorn in their side all season long. Though Binghamton had a slight edge in the season series winning the previous two games at Visions Veterans Memorial Arena the River Sharks came in with a very different roster from what Binghamton had seen before. 

In the first period Elmira came out with extra boost in their step going to battle all over the ice. Despite a lot of back and forth and some great opportunities for the River Sharks it was Binghamton who found the net first as Connor Smith and Tyson Kirkby both were able to beat Brandon Collett late in the first. With Elmira taking the first penalty of the game at 18:37 the Black Bears tacked on another goal 20 seconds into the second.

At that point Elmira took back some control after a dust up that saw the Sharks get their first power play opportunity it was Frank Trazzera who busted through on a Steven Klink rebound to bring the Sharks back to within two, 3-1. Elijah Wilson celebrated his birthday and was next up on Elmira's third power play of the game taking a Steven Ford pass and burying it past LeVecchi to close the gap to just one at 3-2. In quick succession just 1:20 later Trazzera skated hard to the net after Darius Davidson intercepted an outlet pass and fired it on the goaltender Frank tapped home the rebound to make it a 3-3 tie.

Elmira's hubris got the better of them in the final frame however after an early couple of penalties put the Sharks down 5 on 3 and Binghamton's Dakota Bahn gave Binghamton back their lead 4-3. Just before the midpoint of the period Connor Smith got one more by Elmira's netminder to give Binghamton a 5-3 lead. The River Sharks kept attacking and on a messy but effective play late Steven Klinck buried a rebound chance to close the gap once again to just a goal at 5-4. With time running out Elmira pulled their goaltender while one the power play in an effort to get the game tied up, but it was a Black Bears shot from Josh Fletcher that ended things at 6-4. 

Collett stopped 31 of 36 in the loss.

The River Sharks are back in action tomorrow night at the First Arena at 6:07 pm against the Watertown Wolves. Get your tickets online on Ticketmaster or by calling the box office at 607-734-PUCK. #FeartheFin