12/11/2008 - WINNING STREAK IS HISTORY AFTER TEXAS-SIZED WIN FOR RAMPAGE
By: John Walton
HERSHEY'S first-ever regular season game in Texas ended the franchise's longest winning streak at 11 games Thursday night, as the BEARS fell to the San Antonio Rampage 3-0 at AT&T Center.
Neither team would score in the first period, although both teams came rather close. San Antonio had a goal waved off midway through the period when Rampage forward Steven Goertzen knocked a puck into the back of the next with his glove. Darren Reid nearly came up with a goal in the closing seconds of the first when San Antonio goaltender Josh Tordjman strayed from the goal crease and Reid had the puck in the front of the net. Defenseman Dylan Reese slid in and blocked the shot with his body to keep the game scoreless after 20 minutes.
In the second period, the game remained scoreless, but HERSHEY enjoyed a decided shot advantage at 19-6. The BEARS could not score however, and the third period proved to be the Chocolate and White. Chad Kolarik scored what proved to be the game-winning goal just 1:36 into the third, his ninth goal of the year. Brett MacLean then picked up his ninth of the season just 22 seconds later to effectively put the game on ice. Derek Nesbitt tipped a Joel Perreault shot at 9:22 past BEARS goaltender Simeon Varlamov to round out the scoring. HERSHEY'S franchise record 11-game winning streak came to an end, while the Rampage won for the fifth consecutive game.
Notes: The BEARS now head to Houston to face the Aeros for the first time ever in regular season play Saturday night. Face-off is at 8:35 p.m. Saturday night at Toyota Center. The game in San Antonio was HERSHEY'S first-ever regular season game in Texas, and the first-ever against the Rampage franchise. Center Keith Aucoin and defenseman Bryan Helmer were assigned Wednesday by Washington. Helmer played the previous two seasons with the Rampage.
Bears Radio Network Three Stars of the Game
1. Josh Tordjman (Brilliant 41-save shutout performance)
2. Derek Nesbitt (Third period goal for the home team
3. Chad Kolarik (Goal and an assist for Rampage)