01/18/2009 - Alexandre Giroux will attempt to stand alone in the American Hockey League record book Sunday as the BEARS welcome the Worcester Sharks to GIANT Center. Face-off is at 5:00 p.m.
The BEARS dropped a 4-3 shootout decision to the Philadelphia Phantoms Saturday night, but it was Giroux who stole the show in the first period. Taking very little time and creating only a small amount of suspense, Giroux scored a goal at the 14:32 mark of the first period to extend his goal scoring streak to 14 straight games. The mark of 14 in a row ties the Quebec City native with Brett Hull for the longest goal streak in the 73-year history of the AHL. Giroux can bump Hull from the record book altogether with a goal on Sunday against the Sharks. Hull's record had stood for nearly 22 years, as he completed his amazing streak in February, 1987.
Worcester also brings to town a hockey legend on Sunday. Four-time Stanley Cup winner Claude Lemieux, at 43 years old, is attempting a comeback and has been playing with the Sharks and is expected to play against HERSHEY Sunday. Lemieux's four Stanley Cups have come with three different NHL teams.
HERSHEY begins play Sunday tied with the Manitoba Moose for most wins in the AHL (29) and for the most points (60). The BEARS also hold a six-point lead over the Bridgeport Sound Tigers in the East Division race. Around the East on Sunday, the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins are in Bridgeport for a 1:00 p.m. game with the Sound Tigers, while Albany visits Philadelphia at 7:05 p.m. Norfolk and Binghamton have Sunday off.
Sunday's game can be heard via the BEARS Radio Network (100.1 FM, 1490 AM, Sportsjuice.com, AHLLive.com) beginning with the pregame show at 4:40 p.m. John Walton and Ed Coffey have the call of the action from GIANT Center. Tickets are still available by calling or visiting the GIANT Center box office at (717) 534-3911.