Happy Super Bowl Sunday from GIANT Center! It was a 6-2 blowout for the Chocolate and White when they last battled the Binghamton Senators on Friday. The Bears exploded to six goals in the second period, cruising to a victory to open the weekend.
Searching for a repeat performance and a perfect three games in as many nights weekend, Jakub Vrana tallied 3:36 in. Vrana now has a goal in each game on the weekend, and today’s was yet another beauty. On an offensive rush, Vrana flicked a wicked backhander off the far goal post and in. He continues to show remarkable hands and offensive flash since his return from injury.
The Sens responded 4:57 later on their first power play of the night after an offensive boarding penalty on Chandler Stephenson. Chris Carlisle scored on a floater from the point as Cole Schneider set a screen in front of Dan Ellis.
Hershey regained the lead, also scoring on their first crack on the power play. Stephenson fed Christian Djoos on the back door for his sixth goal of the campaign at 15:21.
The biggest difference compared to Friday is Binghamton doing a better job in the neutral zone preventing breakouts and clogging passing lanes.
Another multi-power play goal game for the Bears was in store, as Riley Barber capitalized with 11:29 left in the second period. Barber redirected a shot from Chris Bourque to double Hershey’s lead to two.
Binghamton began to show frustration in the dying minutes of the period leading to penalty box parade. Barber cashed in on a 5-on-3 advantage on the rebound of a Bourque shot to make it 4-1 with 2:38 remaining.
Any inch of discipline Binghamton carried into this game evaporated in the second period. They have handed the Bears power play after power play like it’s the Oprah Winfrey Show Super Bowl special. The official game score sheet linked here is living proof:
The wheels came dislodged in the third period and rolled to Palmyra, as the Chocolate and White tacked on two more goals, including one more power play strike to round out a 6-1 win. Scott Gomez scored his third goal as a Bear, with all coming against the B-Sens. It was a power play goal 72 seconds into the third stanza.
Nathan Walker scored even strength 3:04 later to put up six against Binghamton for the second time this weekend. The Bears finished the night 4-for-11 on the man advantage.
Hershey will enter the week with a dominating weekend sweep of three games, out scoring the opposition a total of 17-4. Perhaps shades of the magical 2009-10 campaign.
Submitted by intern Matt Trust