mammoth fall in the franchise’s first-ever hockey game | WETM

BINGHAMTON, NY (WETM) – Elmira’s hockey history was made on Friday night.

The Elmira Mammoth took to the ice for the first time in franchise history, but it was a night that didn’t turn out for the best. On the road, the Mammoth lost to the Binghamton Black Bears 10-1 in the team’s inaugural game in the Federal Prospects Hockey League (FPHL).

Tom McGuire scored the first goal in Mammoth history in the first half to tie the game, but it’s as close as Elmira would get. Former Elmira Enforcers player Cameron Yarwood broke the tie 1-1 with a goal late in the first period and the Black Bears poured it in for the rest of the game.

Binghamton took the win after a five-goal second period punctuated by two goals from Jesse Anderson.

Austin Thompson, a Black Bears rookie, led the team in scoring with four of two goals and two assists for Binghamton (1-0-0). Ondrej Vaculik added two goals for Binghamton and four other players scored one each, finishing the tally for the mighty Black Bears.

On Saturday night, the Mammoth (0-1-0) will have their chance to avenge Friday’s loss when Binghamton take to the First Arena. The puck drops at 6:35 p.m. in Elmira with local hockey fans set to see live FPHL action for the first time in two years at the arena.

18 Sports will have the highlights at 11 p.m. on WETM-TV news from Saturday’s Mammoth game.

Catherine J. Martinez