What a night in Binghamton.
All you need to do is look at the box score, and you will see an incredible run of offense that vaulted the Hershey Bears past the Binghamton Senators at the Floyd L. Maines Veterans Memorial Arena.
What you might not notice without digging pretty deep are these points:
1) The Bears scored six second-period goals on seven shots. If there happens to be a visiting team fan reading this, how would you like to have a shooting percentage of .857? The Bears did get one more shot on goal before the end of the period and Senators goaltender Matt O’Connor mercifully stopped it. The Bears would finish the second period with a shooting percentage of .750. Five players had a multiple-point game (period).
2) The Bears did not have a power play in the game. In fact, the Senators were not handed one penalty minute – not a single one. The last time that happened, Martin Brodeur wasn’t even a Utica Devil yet. But the Devils were the Bears’ opponent at the Memorial Auditorium on March 9, 1990, and they did not take a single penalty.
3) Dan Ellis was unreal again tonight. His shutout streak was five periods deep and it looked like it would go six – most especially when he flat-out stole a goal from Colin Greening. The latter was set up about 15 feet out from the top-left of Ellis’ crease when he one-timed a shot toward the right post. Ellis got his glove in front of the shot and kept it in front of the goal line to keep Binghamton at bay, and send Greening’s eyes to the ceiling in disbelief.
4) Hershey has scored five or more goals in three straight games, and in four of its last five, to move into fourth in the league in goals per game average.
5) The Bears matched their season high for goals in a single game, all within a span of 12:40.
6) The club joined the Charlotte Checkers as the only other team to produce a six-goal period this season.
Hear all the goals right here, and hopefully it gets you primed up to join us at the GIANT Center tomorrow as the Bears host the Lehigh Valley Phantoms at 7:00 PM.
And courtesy of the Binghamton Senators and my colleague Grady Whittenburg, here are tonight’s highlights on video.
See you tomorrow everyone! GO BEARS!!!