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BEARS EDGE PHANTOMS 3-2 IN PHILLY FRIDAY
- BOURQUE, MINK LEAD BEARS TO ONE GOAL WIN
By: John Walton
HERSHEY finished up a five-game road trip on a winning note Friday night, defeating the Philadelphia Phantoms 3-2 at the Wachovia Spectrum.
Francois Bouchard got the BEARS off to a good start, scoring his fourth goal of the season just 2:04 into the game. Mathieu Perreault assisted on the marker to give HERSHEY a 1-0 lead. Philadelphia would tie the game midway through the first when former BEARS captain scored his sixth goal of the season at 11:15. Not only was it Kane's sixth goal, but it also was his fifth this season against the BEARS. HERSHEY fired 12 shots in the first period to Philadelphia's eight.
The BEARS would score twice in the second period, but the Phantoms notched a short-handed goal to keep the game close. Graham Mink picked up his seventh goal of the season off a Chris Bourque rebound at 7:36 to lift HERSHEY to a 2-1 lead. A short time later at 10:42, Bourque would score one of his own to put the BEARS in front 3-1. Despite firing 17 shots to Philadelphia's nine in the period, HERSHEY allowed the Phantoms to again creep within one when Jonathan Kalinski scored a short-handed goal at 12:41 on goaltender Simeon Varlamov. While the BEARS dictated most of the play in the second period, they held a narrow one-goal advantage heading to the third. Neither team would score in the last frame, and HERSHEY left Philadelphia two points better in the standings. Varlamov won his fourth game of the season, while Phantoms backstop Scott Munroe lost just his second game in seven decisionS.
Notes: With the five-game road trip in the rear-view mirror, the BEARS return home for four of its next five. Philadelphia comes to town Saturday at 7:00 p.m., with Binghamton in for the second time this season on Sunday afternoon at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the GIANT Center box office, or by calling (717) 534-3911. Saturday's game with the Phantoms will be the fifth of 12 between the two teams in 2008-09. Former BEARS defenseman Danny Syvret entered action Friday with three goals and 15 points already this season. The Wachovia Spectrum scoreboard went out for a span of just over six minutes in the second period.
Bears Radio Network Three Stars of the Game
1. Chris Bourque (One goal, one assist in winning effort)
2. Graham Mink (Big goal in the second to put the BEARS in front)
3. Jonathan Kalinski (Impressive short-handed goal in the second for Phantoms)