10/29/2008 - BULLDOGS PULL AWAY LATE TO WIN 6-0 WEDNESDAY
By: John Walton
The first start of the a two-game road trip was none too kind to the BEARS Wednesday night, as the team fell behind late in the first period and ultimately fell 6-0 at Copps Coliseum to the Hamilton Bulldogs.
The start of Wednesday's game seemed a bit sluggish on both sides, but HERSHEY generated good scoring chances in front of Bulldog backstop Marc Denis in the first period. With Greg Amadio in the penalty box late in the first period, Hamilton struck first with a goal from Ben Maxwell at 18:04. Maxwell's fourth goal of the season gave the 'Dogs a 1-0 lead after 20 minutes.
HERSHEY came close numerous times to tying the game through the second period, but Hamilton cashed in for a pair of goals late in the stanza to take a three goal lead to the dressing room after two. Matt D'Agostini scored an unassisted short-handed goal at 15:12 to put the Bulldogs up by two. Max Pacioretty scored just 23 seconds later off a rebound to vault the home team into a 3-0 lead.
Hamilton picked up another short-handed goal early in the third period, and added goals from Ryan Russell and Chad Anderson to round out the scoring. Former BEARS goaler Marc Denis earned a 37-save shutout, and HERSHEY suffered its most lopsided loss of the season. Daren Machesney made 24 saves in absorbing the loss.
Notes: The second and final game of the road trip will be Friday when the BEARS take on the Albany River Rats. Face-off at Times Union Center is at 7:00 p.m. The team will bus after Wednesday's game overnight to New York's Capital District, but will not practice Thursday. Tickets for Saturday's home game with Philadelphia are on sale now at the GIANT Center box office, or by calling (717) 534-3911. HERSHEY concludes four games in five nights this Sunday in Philadelphia against the Phantoms at 5:05 p.m. Five players on HERSHEY'S roster hail from Ontario. Greg Amadio (Sault Ste. Marie), Daren Machesney (Hamilton), Patrick McNeill (Strathroy) and Kyle Wilson (Oakville) all returned to play in their home province Wednesday. The goal by D'Agostini was the first short-handed goal allowed by the BEARS this season. HERSHEY was shut out for the first time since Manitoba's Cory Schneider blanked the BEARS on March 15 at GIANT Center. Keith Aucoin's point streak was halted at eight straight games, and Alexandre Giroux's five-game goal streak also came to a close.
Bears Radio Network Three Stars of the Game
1. Marc Denis (Former BEARS goaltender was outstanding, gets the shutout)
2. Max Pacioretty (First goal of the season, played well at both ends)
3. Ben Maxwell (Game's first goal put the 'Dogs in front)