Game Recap: Hat Tricks Dropped 2-1 in Binghamton

by Lexi Burkey & Doug Lattuca

BINGHAMTON, NY —  In the 16th meeting of the season between the two teams, the Hat Tricks fell to the Black Bears 2-1 Friday night in the first game of the weekend set. Binghamton’s captain Tyson Kirkby stuffed home the go-ahead goal at 11:45 of the third period.

With the loss, the Hat Tricks are still five points behind Motor City for second place in the Empire Division with a game in hand.

16:30 into the first period, Hat Tricks captain Jonny Ruiz found the puck in the high slot and ripped a wrister under the bar to put Danbury up 1-0. The goal marked his team-high 35th goal of the season and extended his point streak to nine games (5-9-14). Shots at the end of the period were 16-12 in favor of the Hat Tricks.

Less than two minutes into the second frame, Binghamton rookie forward Cameron Clark tied the game on a tap-in from the top of the crease to extend his point-scoring streak to four games.

Binghamton took its first lead of the night at 11:45 into the third period when Kirkby parked himself in front of the crease and slipped the puck past the right pad of Hat Tricks netminder Conor McCollum.

McCollum stopped 32 of 34 shots in a losing effort, while Binghamton’s netminder Connor McAnanama saved 30 of 31.

The Hat Tricks return to action Saturday against the Black Bears in the second of a three-game weekend. The puck drop is set for 7 p.m.

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