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Commissioner's Cup
Finals Game 1
May 3, 2024
Away Home
5 3
Binghamton Carolina 
Black Bears Thunderbirds 
Winstin-Salem Fairground Arena
Attendance: 2,950
Black Bears Take Game 1

MINI RECAP
The Binghamton Black Bears (1-0) defeated the Carolina Thunderbirds (0-1) in game 1 of the FPHL's Finals by the score of 5-3 and take a 1 game lead in the best of 5 series. Happy Birthday Connor Smith who scored the first goal of the game for the Black Bears just 4:07 into the 1st period. Just over 8 minutes later the Black Bears went up 2-0 nothing as one of the Black Aces got the call, Jestin Somero and he cashed in for his first goal of the playoffs. Josh Fletcher then put the Black Bears up 3-0 with a goal just 3:53 to go in the 1st period. With the Black Bears on the power play and after a turnover, Gus Ford took the puck in all alone and scored the Thunderbirds first goal of the game shorthanded just 1:36 in the period. The Black Bears got their 3 goal lead back with a power play goal from Dan Stone just 34 seconds later. Gus Ford scored his 2nd goal of the game with 7:25 left to go in the 3rd period to cut the lead down to just a 2 goal lead for the Black Bears. Ford completed the hat trick with 3:50 left to go in the 3rd cutting the lead to just 1 goal at 4-3. Austin Thompson scored an empty net goal with 11 seconds to go in the game, giving the Black Bears a 5-3 victory and 1 game lead in the series over the Thunderbirds.

GOALS
TEAM 1 2 3 OT T
BIN  3 1 1 0 5
CAR 0 1 2 0 3
SHOTS ON GOAL
TEAM 1 2 3 OT T
BIN 17 12 8 0 37
CAR 14 14 18 0 46

3 STARS
1 CAR Gus Ford 3G
2 BIN Dan Stone 1G
3 BIN Connor McAnanama 43 SVS

SCORING
Period 1
BIN Connor Smith 4:07
Gavin Yates, Kyle Stephan

BIN Jestin Somero 12:43
Unassisted

BIN Josh Fletcher 16:07
Gavin Yates

Period 2
CAR Gus Ford (SH) 1:36
Unassisted

BIN Dan Stone (PP) 2:10
Connor Smith, Gavin Yates

Period 3
CAR Gus Ford 12:35
Josh Koepplinger, Dawson Baker

CAR Gus Ford 16:10
Joseph Kennedy, Josh Koepplinger

BIN Austin Thompson (EA) 19:49
Tyson Kirkby


  PENALTIES   POWER PLAYS
TEAM
INF MIN 
TEAM
PPG ATT
BIN
4 8
BIN
1 4
CAR
4 10
CAR
0 3

PENALTIES
Period 1
BIN - Andrew Logar (Embellishment) 2 MIN, 4:10
CAR - Jon Buttitta (Hooking) 2 MIN, 4:10
CAR - Joe Kennedy (Cross-Checking) 2 MIN, 13:36
BIN - Gavin Yates (Slashing) 2 MIN, 17:44
CAR - Jon Buttitta (High-Sticking) 4 MIN, 4:10
Period 2
CAR - Dawson Baker (Roughing) 2 MIN, 3:51
BIN - Dan Wieber (Tripping) 2 MIN, 7:05
BIN - Gavin Yates (Slashing) 2 MIN, 13:38
Period 3
No Penalties

Goaltending Stats
  Goalie MIN SA SV W\L
BIN Connor McAnanama 60:00 46 43 W
CAR Mario Cavaliere 57:59 36 32 L

Officials
Referees
Jonathan Sitarski Ken Radolinski
Linesmen
Phil Ruesseler Drew Wilkalis

Coaches
BIN CAR
Brant Sherwood Steve Harrison 
Tyson Kirkby (P\A) Andrew Harrison (A) 
JT Walters (P\A) Jon Buttitta (P\A) 
Brian Billett (GC)  
   

Game Info
Game # Time Date Atty
G1 2:46 5/3/2024 2,950