River Sharks top Binghamton for third straight win

River Sharks top Binghamton for third straight win

ELMIRA, N.Y. (WETM) – The Elmira River Sharks are finding their stride once again.

The Elmira River Sharks rolled past rival Binghamton 6-3, on Sunday. The win accounts for Elmira’s 3rd in a row and 4th in the last 5 games. Additionally, Sunday’s home win vaults the River Sharks over Watertown and into the 4th place playoff spot in the FPHL’s Empire Division. On top of the movement in the standings, Elmira’s win accounts for the 2nd time this season that they have beaten the 1st place Black Bears.

Appropriately, Elmira donned special “Big Game” or Super Bowl themed uniforms as they battled for a win in one of their biggest games of the season. The unique sweaters were auctioned off to fans throughout the game.

<em>The River Sharks celebrated Super Bowl Sunday with football themed jerseys, featuring roman numerals to signify their numbers. </em>
The River Sharks celebrated Super Bowl Sunday with football themed jerseys, featuring roman numerals to signify their numbers.

On the ice, Binghamton was the 1st team on the board in the contest. Just over 2 minutes in to the game, Austin Thompson put the Black Bears in front with a short handed goal. Later in the period, Elmira found themselves on the power play once again. With the man advantage, Sotirios Karageorgos stuffed home a rebound to tie the game at 1.

Elmira and Binghamton would stay knotted at 1 a piece until the middle of the 2nd period. Nearly 10 minutes into the frame, Marquis Grant-Mentis scored on a wrist shot to give the River Sharks their 1st lead of the day. The Black Bears responded near the end of the period with a game-tying goal from Andrew Uturo. Thanks to Binghamton’s goal, the game would be tied at the break for the 2nd time.

In the 3rd, the Sharks scored 3 straight goals of each kind to take a commanding lead. Rasmus Asp opened the period with an early goal. Later in the period, Davide Gaeta extended the lead with a short handed goal. Just over a minute later, Gaeta added another score on the power play. Three minutes later, Binghamton’s Jesse Anderson marked his birthday with a goal to make it 5-3. In the final minutes, Darius Davidson capped off the win with an empty netter. In net, Elmira’s Sammy Bernard stood tall with 33 saves for the River Sharks.

The River Sharks continue their 4-game home stand on Wednesday at First Arena. Elmira is set for a Valentine’s Day rematch with Binghamton at 7:05 p.m. the Sharks will also debut special Valentine’s Day uniforms, as they look for their 4th straight win. Following the rematch with Binghamton, Elmira will host 2 games against Wytheville for the 1st time this season.

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