10/03/2008 - Against many regulars for the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Friday night, the BEARS built up an early lead and won the game late at Wachovia Arena, winning 3-2.
Oskar Osala kicked off the scoring Friday night with his first goal of the preseason to give the BEARS a 1-0 lead. A pass from Sean Collins rolled up on edge across the slot, but Osala put a knuckler on net to beat Pens goaltender David Brown. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton fired nine shots on goal to HERSHEY'S five, but the Chocolate and White took a 1-0 lead into the second period.
It didn't take long for the BEARS to add to its lead in the second frame. Darren Reid one-timed a shot home past Brown just 22 seconds into the game to give HERSHEY a 2-0 lead. Maxime Lacroix picked up a primary assist for his pass out of the corner to Reid, and Andrew Joudrey tallied an assist on the goal as well. The Penguins would not solve either Michal Neuvirth or Bobby Goepfert in the second period as the game remained 2-0 going to the third.
The Penguins rallied from two goals down in the third to tie the game with goals from Adam Henrich and Jonathan Filewich, but Kyle Wilson would make this one a winner for the Chocolate and White on this night. Wilson took a pass from Michael Dubuc out at the blueline and buried a shot from the left circle against Brown. The BEARS improve to 2-0 on the preseason with one game remaining. Goepfert earned the win in relief of Neuvirth for HERSHEY.
Notes: The BEARS host the Penguins in the preseason finale Saturday night at GIANT Center. Face-off is at 7:00 p.m. with tickets available for just $7. The game can be heard via www.sportsjuice.com beginning at 6:55 p.m. HERSHEY rested regular Keith Aucoin and Dean Arsene among others. David Brown started the game in goal for Wilkes-Barre/Scranton. The two teams will meet again Wednesday at Wachovia Arena for the regular season opener in Wilkes-Barre Township. Neuvirth left the game midway through the second period due to injury and did not return. Graham Mink suffered a cut to his scalp in the third period, but returned late and was on the ice when Wilson scored his game-winner goal.
Bears Radio Network Three Stars of the Game
1. Kyle Wilson (Game winning goal gets the nod)
2. Adam Henrich (Two points in the third to rally the Pens)
3. Graham Mink (Blood and guts in the third helped to spur on the team)