Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) The combination of Lyle and Myles Thompson accounted for 10 goals as visiting Albany defeated Binghamton 21-8 Saturday afternoon in an America East conference game. Lyle Thompson also added four assists as the Great Danes improved to 6-3 on the season. Junior attack Michael Antinozzi netted a team-high three goals as the Bearcats now drop to 4-5 overall and 0-1 in conference play.
Albany boasts the nation’s top offensive unit and certainly flexed their muscle early and often Saturday at the Bearcats Sports Complex. The Great Danes jumped out to a 6-2 lead in the first 15 minutes of play thanks to the offensive outburst from Lyle Thompson. The nation’s leading scorer netted a hat trick to pace the visitors. Both Matt Springer and Antinozzi scored in the first as BU was outshot 13-7.
In the second quarter, Binghamton couldn’t climb any closer as Albany pulled away on a 4-0 run. Lyle Thompson buried a pair of goals and Derrick Eccles scored with three minutes remaining that helped boost the Great Danes lead to 10-2. The Bearcats were unable to keep possession as they lost 4-of-5 faceoffs in the quarter.
Albany kept their foot on the pedal in the third. Miles Thompson netted a pair of quick goals just 53 seconds apart to give them a 12-2 lead. The Great Danes’ 7-0 run bridging between the second and third quarters was snapped by a man-up score from Brandon Planck. Planck’s goal, his ninth on the season, was assisted by Tyler Perrelle. Just as they had done all game, Albany wrapped up the remaining six minutes of the quarter in a flurry. They scored five straight goals, including a pair from Ty Thompson.
Antinozzi scored two of his three goals in the fourth and Tyler Perrelle added a goal and an assist for the Bearcats who drop to 3-2 at home this season. Freshman Joey Dalfo netted his first career goal for Binghamton off the bench.
Albany’s 21 goals are the most allowed since April 17, 2011 when the Bearcats fell to Quinnipiac 24-2. Binghamton was outshot 50-32 on the afternoon and couldn’t gain control at the faceoff x, losing 26-of-33 matchups.
BU will continue conference play next Saturday on the road at Stony Brook. The Seawolves are 6-5 this season and defeated Vermont earlier today with an impressive 19-10 victory.