Sharks Flounder to Black Bears, 8-3

by Jon Kliment

Elmira came to Binghamton on just their second road game of the season with one goal in mind, revenge for a 7-3 opening night defeat. In the next game at First Arena the River Sharks tamed the Bears with an overtime winner from their captain to cap off a 4-3 win. Tonight in the third of thirteen meetings the series was up for grabs again.

The first period seemed to start in the River Sharks favor with a slew of power plays landing at their feet including a 5 on 3 opportunity but with a number of new additions to the lineup Elmira couldn't find their footing and the period continued to tick away scoreless. Though the River Sharks got the better of the scoring chances it was Binghamton who in a two minute span put the Sharks into a world of hurt. On a double delayed penalty the Black Bears took advantage of a pulled goaltender and the ensuing power play opportunity to jump out to a 2-0 lead as Daniel Stone and Tyson Kirkby found the back of the net. Binghamton tallied twice more in the same two minute span as Gavin Yates and Austin Thompson both scored to jump out to a commanding 4-0 lead which would end the first period. 

Thomas Wray and Brendan Stanko kept things going for the Black Bears in the second making the hill a mountainous 6-0 for the River Sharks. However Elmira found signs of life when Houston Wilson received a pass from Nick Gullo and fired it past the netminder to cut the defecit to 6-1. 

The power plays continued to come to Elmira as they had numerous chance throughout the third period and Martin Moucha was able to bury two past Connor McAnanama just 36 seconds apart to close the gap to 6-3. Unfortunately the penalties were being called on both sides and on a 5 on 3 Binghamton netted two more from Stanko and Andrew Logar to stifle the comeback and secure Binghamton the 8-3 victory.

Spencer Kozlowski started the game and stopped 15 of 20 while Danick Rodrigue stopped 14 of 17 in relief. 

The River Sharks return home to the Shark tank tomorrow night Saturday November 18th when they face off with the Danbury Hat Tricks at 6:07pm. Get your tickets on Ticketmaster or by calling the box office at 607-734-PUCK. #FeartheFin