12/13/2008 - HOUSTON IS THE PROBLEM: BEARS FALL TO AEROS 6-1
By: John Walton
HERSHEY'S swing through Texas fell short again in Houston as the Aeros posted a 6-1 win at Toyota Center Saturday night.
Houston would strike first on Saturday with a goal from former Wilkes-Barre/Scranton forward Krys Kolanos. Kolanos scored at 5:02 of the first period to give the Aeros a 1-0 lead, but the BEARS found the equalizer before intermission. Kyle Wilson fired a shot from the top of the right circle for his 10th of the season at 13:50. Quintin Laing and Patrick Wellar assisted on the goal, and the BEARS and Aeros were tied 1-1 after one.
The Aeros turned a close game into a blowout, scoring on five consecutive shots in the second period. Kolanos picked up his second of the game at 10:58 to give Houston a 2-1 lead, which was followed by Jason Deitsch's marker at 12:02. Corey Locke scored 55 seconds later at 12:57, Peter Olvecky scored at 14:59 and Jesse Schultz rounded out the onslaught with his goal at 16:59. Five straight goals on five shots put the BEARS in a hole they couldn't climb out of. Both teams were held scoreless in the third for the 6-1 final.
Notes: The BEARS conclude its current three-game road trip next Friday night in Wilkes-Barre Township against the Penguins at 7:05 p.m. HERSHEY then will play a pair of home games next weekend to round out the pre-Christmas portion of the schedule, hosting Lowell and Lake Erie. The Devils come to town Saturday at 7:00 p.m. prior to the Monsters coming to GIANT Center Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the GIANT Center box office, or by calling (717) 534-3911. Goaltender Simeon Varlamov, who was recalled Friday by the Washington Capitals, made his NHL debut Saturday in Montreal against the Canadiens. HERSHEY'S game Saturday was the first-ever regular season meeting with the Aeros, and the first encounter with the team from Houston since the 2002 Western Conference Semi-Finals. The Aeros swept that series four games to none. The goal that Machesney allowed in the first period was the first he had given up since Bridgeport's Jesse Joensuu scored in the first period November 22 at GIANT Center, a stretch of 174:28.
Bears Radio Network Three Stars of the Game
1. Krys Kolanos (At his best when the game was close)
2. Jesse Schultz (Three point night)
3. Barry Brust (A lot of big saves in a winning effort)