The Chocolate and White looked to ride their emotional, 5-0 blow out win over Wilkes-Barre/Scranton from the previous night into today. The Binghamton Senators came to town as the opponent with hopes of breaking up Hershey’s perfect weekend.
The AHL Affiliate of the the Ottawa Senators would strike first at 8:26. Nick Paul tallied his second goal of the season against goaltender Mark Dekanich in his Bears’ debut. Chris Brown responded with 5:58 to play before intermission with a bullet past Chris Driedger.
The tied gridlock carried into the second frame, when Binghamton regained the scoring edge. With 11:45 remaining in the period, Matt Puempel capitalized after a two-man advantage turned into a 5-on-4. Following a cross ice feed, Puempel beat Dekanich high, glove-side as he was sliding across.
But the lead lasted just 52 seconds, thanks to Paul Carey snapping a shot from the slot into the cage. The Sens countered and grabbed a 3-2 advantage heading into second intermission on a goal three minutes later by Buddy Robinson. He capitalized on a near 2-on-0 breakaway at the net front.
Unfortunately for the Bears, Binghamton shut the door in the third period, coming away with a 5-3 victory. Puempel scored his second of the night, and the eventual game-winner only 81 seconds into the period.
Travis Boyd cut the deficit back to one with 8:37 to play, but the Chocolate and White could not find the equalizer late. Colin Greening hit the empty net with a minute left to round out a 5-3 decision at GIANT Center.
The good news, there is barely any time to dwell on the set back. The Bears are back in action in less than 48 hours, defending the den at home.
Submitted by intern Matt Trust