Binghamton Shocks Pittsburgh 3-2
Wins first DII Championship since 2002-2003
Posted: March 06, 2011 5:14PM; Updated: March 06, 2011 5:19PMFeasterville, PA - George Parublev made 30 saves in net as the Binghamton Bearcats won the 2010-2011 Regional Championships over top-seeded Pittsburgh 3-2.
As the 5th seed, not many people gave Binghamton a chance to make the finals, however, after sweeping Pool A with a 3-0 record they proved they commanded respect and after dropping Drexel easily in the semi's, it was a rematch against top ranked Pittsburgh for the Championship.
Binghamton struck first when Brian Pershinsky broke in all alone before going backhand-forehand and beating Adam Gaus for the 1-0 lead just after the midway point of the first period. While on the penalty kill, Binghamton almost scored again, however Gaus held strong and denied two shots from in close and prevent anymore damage.
Despite numerous opportunities, it took Pittsburgh until 1:05 into the second period to finally get on board. Carlin Crombie scooped up a rebound of a John Brownschidle and put it past a down and out George Parublev to tie things at one.
Binghamton answered almost right away. Just 35 seconds after the game was tied, John-Paul DiMarco never gave up on the play and found a loose puck in front of the net and slid the puck through the pads of Gaus for a 2-1 lead. 1:04 later, Binghamton was up by two. Pershinsky scored his second goal of the game, firing a wrist shot from the circle that found the back of the net.
Going into the third period, Pittsburgh's season was on the line and for the second straight period they came out and got a quick goal . Brownschidle got his first goal of the game, picking up a Matthew Wojcik rebound and slamming it home to cut the lead in half at 3-2.
Gaus made a huge save with 5:30 remaining in the period, when Staake just sprung from the penalty box got free for a breakaway. After making a nice move, it looked like Staake had Gaus beat, but he threw his paddle down and stopped the puck before it found the back of the net.
From there it was the Parublev show. George Parublev turned aside an endless barrage of shots from Pittsburgh, but they couldn't find a way to beat a goalie playing at the top of his game. For the weekend, Parublev was 5-0 with a 2.00 GAA and a .933 save percentage.
The Championship was the fourth in school history and first since 2002-2003 when Binghamton won the third of three consecutive league championships.