01/17/2009 - PHANTOMS BANK ON MUNY IN NET
Hershey Falls in Shootout; Giroux Ties AHL Goal Scoring Record
By Jess Mikula
Alexandre Giroux wasted no time making history Saturday night, stretching his goal-scoring streak to 14 straight games. However, the BEARS would fall to the Philadelphia Phantoms in the shootout by a score of 4-3.
Giroux opened scoring as he went top shelf on Philadelphia netminder Scott Munroe at 14:32 of the first period to extend his goal-scoring streak to 14 consecutive games. The goal tied the AHL record set by Brett Hull in 1987-88. Sean Collins and Sami Lepisto added the helpers. Giroux struck again on the man advantage for his 33rd goal of the season, assisted by Keith Aucoin and Chris Bourque at 16:57. The BEARS out-shot Philadelphia 17-5 and led the Phantoms 2-0 after 20 minutes.
The Phantoms answered with David Laliberte at 7:44 of the second period. Jared Ross struck for the visiting team on a breakaway at 8:24, with Scott Munroe adding the assist. The score was knotted at 2-2 after two.
Quintin Laing gave the BEARS the go-ahead goal with an unassisted tally at 12:17 of the third. Jonathan Matsumoto found the equalizer for Philadelphia, going backdoor on Daren Machesney at 15:41. Neither team would score through the remainder of regulation and overtime.
Matsumoto would be the hero for the Phantoms, notching the game winner in the seventh round of the shootout.
Daren Machesney suffered his first shootout loss of the season in net, turning aside 25 of 28 shots. HERSHEY recorded its highest shot total of the season, firing 52 shots at Munroe.
Bears Radio Network Three Stars of the Game:
1. Scott Munroe (49 saves on 52 shots)
2. Alexandre Giroux (2 goals, tied Hull's record)
3. Jonathan Matsumoto (2 goals, including game winner in shootout)
Notes: The BEARS will conclude four games in five nights Sunday with a home against Claude Lemieux and the Worcester Sharks Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Lemieux, attempting a comeback at the age of 43, has won four Stanley Cups with three different teams. Tickets for Sunday's game are still available at the GIANT Center box office, or by calling (717) 534-3911. Graham Mink returned to the lineup Saturday after a one-game absence due to illness. Michal Neuvirth, who was recalled from South Carolina (ECHL) Friday, is expected to draw the start Sunday against the Sharks.