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BLACK BEARS WIN COMMISSIONER'S CUP IN A SWEEP
The Binghamton Black Bears (3-0) defeated the Carolina Thunderbirds (0-3) in game 3 of the Commissioner's Cup Finals by the score of 4-3. The Thunderbirds get on the score sheet first just 5:29 into the 1st period as Dawson Baker sent a pass over to Gus Ford who was all alone in the slot sending his shot past Black Bears net-minder, Connor McAnanama. Gus Ford, wide open again put the Thunderbirds up by 2 goals at the 10:27 mark of the 1st period. The Don of Binghamton, Donald Olivieri scored the Black Bears first goal of the game with 1:59 left in the period to cut the Thunderbirds lead in half. Mathieu Boislard scored in the 2nd period at the 10: 19 to tie the game up as the momentum started to shift to the Black Bears. The Black Bears continued the scoring into the 3rd period first at the 7:34 mark of the 3rd period on the power play with a goal from Gavin Yates. Austin Thompson scored an empty net goal with 2:34 left to go in the 3rd period. The Thunderbirds were not done as they got a power play opportunity and they cashed in with a power play, extra attacker goal from Roman Kraemer with a 1:41 left in the game making this a 4-3 game. The Black Bears then held off the Thunderbirds to win the Commissioner's Cup Championship, 3 games to none. You can see the BinghamtonHockey.net boxscore here.

BINGHAMTON BLACK BEARS VS CAROLINA THUNDERBIRDS IN FINALS
The Binghamton Black Bears will square off against the Carolina Thunderbirds in their first trip to the Commissioner's Cup Finals in franchise history. The Black Bears defeated the Wolves in the first round, 2-0 and the Motor City Rockers in the 2nd round, 2-0. The Thunderbirds defeated the Port Huron Prowlers 2 games to 1 in the 1st round and then defeated the Columbus River Dragons, 2-1 in the 2nd round to make it to the Finals. The two teams met in the regular season 4 times and the Black Bears were 2-1-1 in those 4 games.

Game 1 - 5/3/24 - Binghamton (5) at Carolina (3): Boxscore - Article
Game 2 - 5/4/24 - Binghamton (4) at Carolina (3): Boxscore - Article
Game 3 - 5/10/24 - Carolina (3) at Binghamton (4): Boxscore - Article
Black Bears sweep the series 3-0 and win the 2023-24 Commissioner's Cup.

LEAGUE AWARDS FOR BLACK BEARS
The Federal Prospects Hockey League announced this week that Black Bears net-minder, Connor McAnanama and Captain Tyson Kirkby be have been named to the Empire Division All-Star Team for 2023-24. It was also announced that rookies Dan Stone and Connor Smith have been named to the Empire Division Rookie All-Sta Team. In addition, Brooks Hill has been named Broadcaster of the Year for the 23-24 season. Congraduations to all four players and to Brooks Hill in these achievements this season.

THE POWER PLAY POST - SEASON 13
Cameron YarwoodThe Power Play Post Show, hosted by Bob Howard is back and is in it's 13th season. The 13th season has already great guests like Brenden Stanko, JT Walters, Tyson Kirkby, Gary Ryan and we will have many more guests from the Binghamton Black Bears as well as guests from around the FPHL. You can subscribe to our the Podcast through Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

LIKE THE POWER PLAY POST SHOW ON FACEBOOK
Cameron YarwoodThe Power Play Post Show, hosted by Bob Howard is on Facebook now and you can join the group to enjoy Binhamton Hockey news, information, announcements about the show, guests and so much more. Click here to join the Power Play Post Show group on Facebook. You can also subscribe to our the Podcast through Spotify or Apple Podcasts.

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