11/16/2008 - SENATORS CRUSHED 9-0 SUNDAY AT GIANT CENTER
By: John Walton
The HERSHEY BEARS completely dominated a depleted Binghamton Senators team Sunday, winning 9-0 at GIANT Center in the most lopsided victory of the season.
HERSHEY opened the scoring with a power play goal by Alexandre Giroux. Giroux's tally was his 10th goal of the season, and it came at 11:01 of the first with assists given to Keith Aucoin and Sami Lepisto. The BEARS fired 12 shots at Binghamton goaltender Jeff Glass, while HERSHEY'S Daren Machesney stopped all 14 shots he saw.
On the heels of Saturday's five-goal third period, the BEARS scored a team high six in the second period Sunday to blow the Senators away. Andrew Gordon started the scoring onslaught with his eighth goal of the season at 9:23. Graham Mink then added his eighth goal of the campaign at 10:28, followed by Francois Bouchard's fifth at 14:16. Mink then added his second of the period at 16:46, but HERSHEY was far from done. Keith Aucoin scored his seventh of the year at 17:10 and Kyle Wilson concluded the second with his fourth goal of the year at 19:30. As the second period came to a close, the BEARS scored six times on 21 shots and led Binghamton 7-0. The third period saw the home team tack on two more when Giroux scored his second of the game at 7:24. Mathieu Perreault finished an impressive offensive display with his fourth goal of the year at 16:44. Brian Elliott tended goal for Binghamton in the final period, allowing two goals on five shots. Machesney earned his first shutout of the season and his second career AHL whitewash, making 22 saves.
Notes: The BEARS are now off until Friday when the club heads to Philadelphia to play the Phantoms. Face-off Friday at the Wachovia Spectrum is 5:05 p.m. HERSHEY returns home to face the Bridgeport Sound Tigers Saturday at GIANT Center at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the GIANT Center box office, or by calling (717) 534-3911. Grant McNeill, Jay Beagle, Sean Collins and Dean Arsene all missed Sunday's game due to injury. Giroux's goal was his first since October 31st, and he becomes the second BEARS skater to score 10 or more goals this season. HERSHEY has not scored 10 goals in a regular season game since October 17, 1992. The BEARS last posted 10 goals in a 10-4 win over the New Haven Nighthawks at HERSHEYPARK Arena that night. The nine goals Sunday night were a season high. Aucoin notched five points for the second time this season. He also achieved the mark on October 8 in an 8-4 opening night win at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton.
Bears Radio Network Three Stars of the Game
1. Keith Aucoin (Second five-point game of the season, one goal and four assists)
2. Daren Machesney (Big shutout in a great comeback effort)
3. Graham Mink (Four points, including two goals)