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Binghamton (3-6, 0-1 AE) ended a four-game losing skid with an 11-7 triumph over MAAC opponent Canisius Tuesday night at the Bearcats Sports Complex. Sophomore Brandon Planck netted a career-high five goals, including four consecutive second half goals to propel the Bearcats in their final non-conference contest of the season.
Ahead 5-4 to begin the third quarter, Binghamton allowed their third consecutive goal to Canisius and second man-up goal of the evening, tying the game up at five. It was Planck who broke the tie on a chest-high rocket off a feed from freshman J.T. Hauck. Then with time winding down in the quarter, Planck picked up a loose ball and worked his way in front of the net, sniping a lefty shot past Canisius freshman goalkeeper Alex Govenettio with just three seconds remaining.
In the fourth, Planck wasn’t finished as he was found streaking across the front of the goal by junior Tyler Perrelle for his fourth goal on the evening, putting the home squad ahead 8-5. The sophomore attackman concluded his scoring just 40 seconds later off a touch pass from classmate Kelly Donigan. Both teams traded a pair of goals each to end the fourth and final period, leaving BU victorious after three heart-breaking one-goal losses dating back to March 17.
“We’ve talked a lot over the last few days about how we need to have a more complete game,” first year head coach Scott Nelson said after the 11-7 victory. “We told them we need to take more responsibility of what happens early on and to the guys credit we really responded in a strong fashion.”
Five other BU players recorded a goal, paced by midfielders Tyler Perrelle and Kelly Donigan’s three points apiece. Perrelle scored a pair of goals and an assist, while the younger brother of senior face-off specialist Jeff Donigan added a goal and career-high two assists. But it was Planck, who’s career-high five goals and six points was extremely crucial in the end.
“Brandon’s the kind of kid where we’ve seen glimpses of great play out of him,” Nelson said. “He really put a strong 60 minutes of play out there tonight. He’s a tough son of a gun who really went to the goal with a purpose tonight and he was rewarded with some great finishes.”
During the first half, Perrelle got the Bearcats on the board with a remarkable and memorable tally. He dodged a pair of defenders and in the process was bumped. Falling to his knees, Perrelle lined a low shot past the goalkeeper to put the home squad ahead with over 11 minutes remaining in the first quarter. Next, it was Kelly Donigan who made a series of spins and found the back of the net, increasing the lead to two.
After a pair of goals from each team finished the first at 3-1, Canisius’ leading scorer Simon Giourmetakis pulled the visiting squad within one with 12:52 remaining in the half. After a Planck goal made it 4-2, sophomore Kyle Bakker finished up a shot that was deflected in front of the cage to tally his second goal of the season.
The Golden Griffs didn’t go away though, scoring the final two goals of the half, including one of Giourmetakis’ team-high four goals on the evening. The Bearcats outshot Canisius 22-11 at half and continued to keep up the pressure as they improved their home record to 3-1.
Senior Jeff Donigan won 12-of-22 face-offs and tied senior Ben Waldron for a game-high 5 ground balls in the win. Sophomore Shawn Needham caused a career-high three turnovers and senior Jordan Marra made nine saves to record his second win on the year.
The Bearcats have a quick turn around after this game as they host America East opponent Stony Brook (2-7, 1-0 AE) Saturday in a game under the lights at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Seawolves defeated Vermont 13-5 last Saturday and have defeated Binghamton seven straight times, including a 12-8 victory in the semifinals of the conference tournament last season.