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BINGHAMTON HOCKEY HEADLINES
BLACK BEARS CLINCH PLAYOFF BERTH WITH WIN OVER DANBURY, 4-2
The Binghamton Black Bears (28-5-6) defeated the Danbury Hat Tricks (21-16-4) at the Danbury Ice Arena by the score of 4-2 and clinching their 3rd straight ticket into the FPHL playoffs. The Black Bears got outshot 16 to 5, but scored the only goal of the period as Andrew Logar won a battle in a corner and sent the puck to Andrew Uturo who pushed the puck into a very wide open net to give the Black Bears a 1-0 lead at the 17:28 mark. Zachary Pamaylaon went the box for delay of game with the puck going up and out the playing surface, the Black Bears power play faltered as Jonny Ruiz was able to capitalize on a 2 on 1 shorthanded chance to make this a 1-1 game 4:12 into the 2nd period. The Black Bears on a 5 on 3 power play pulled ahead by 1 goal with a Dan Stone goal, his 3rd of the season 9:04 into the 2nd period. Jake Shultz was tagged for Slashing late in the 3rd period and the Hat Tricks made them pay with a Jonny Ruiz goal that tied the game up at 2 goals with 5:32 left to go in the period. The game winning goal came off the stick of rookie forward playing in his first pro-game, Peter Izzo who scored his goal with 2:50 left in the game before Tyson Kirkby scored an unassisted empty net goal to make this a 4-2 win and with these 3 points, the Black Bears clinch a spot in the Commissionerís Cup Playoffs on February 25th. You can see the BinghamtonHockey.net boxscore here.

BRENDEN STANKO GETS CALLED UP AND FPHL HONORS
The Federal Prospects Hockey League announced that Binghamton Black Bears center, Brenden Stanko had earned the Rookie Of The Month for October\November. Stanko played in 14 games and had 12 goals and 15 assists for 27 points which places him 2nd in the league in scoring. His best performance occurred on October 27th against the Watertown Wolves when he had 5 points (1 goal and 5 assists). Stanko also had a 4-point (2-2) game on November 17th at home against Elmira. Stanko was also called up on November 27, 2023 to the SPHL's Roanoke Rail Yard Dawgs due to his great start to the season.

2022-2023 BLACK BEARS YEAR IN REVIEW
BINGHAMTON, NY - The Binghamton Black Bears 2022-2023 was an improvement for their first in every way on the ice compared to the inaugural season. In the Black Bears first season, they played in an 8 team FPHL leagues vs. this season where they played in the 5 team Empire Division. In season 1, the Black bears finished with 32 wins, 25 losses and 2 overtime losses in a 59 game season. They finished with 94 points and a .531 winning percentage. This season the FPHL saw all 10 teams play 56 games compared to the very unbalanced amount of games of last season. The Black Bears improved their wins this season from 32 last season to 36, in less games played of 56. With that, the Black Bears only lost 15 games in regulation and 2 in overtime, finishing with 110 points and a .655 winning percentage. Read more here.

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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