01/21/2009 - BEARS WIN BIG IN NORFOLK, GIROUX'S GOAL STREAK STOPPED
By: John Walton
It was a big offensive night for a lot of HERSHEY skaters Wednesday night, but Number 12 was denied a goal for the first time in 16 games as the BEARS downed the Admirals 6-2 at Norfolk Scope.
The game started quietly enough Wednesday, with neither team scoring until late in the first period. HERSHEY then exploded for three goals in just three minutes and 21 seconds to take a big 3-0 lead to first intermission. Graham Mink started the scoring onslaught with his 16th goal of the season at 16:37 from Keith Aucoin and Dean Arsene, giving the BEARS a 1-0 lead. Patrick McNeill then followed with just his second goal of the season at 17:24 from Quintin Laing and Kyle Wilson, but the Chocolate and White wasn't done yet. Wilson then scored his own goal, his 18th of the season, on a pretty one-time play from Arsene at 19:58. With three goals on 11 shots in the first 20 minutes, the BEARS led 3-0.
Norfolk took advantage of a few defensive miscues and found the back of the net twice early in the second period. Former BEARS forward Grant Potulny scored his seventh goal of the season at 3:02, and Blair Jones scored for the Admirals at 6:23 to cut HERSHEY'S lead to 3-2. Keith Aucoin was able to get one back for the visitors with his 16th goal of the year at 9:35, a goal that was assisted by Alexandre Giroux. With the assist, Giroux notched at least a point in his 20th consecutive game, tying a franchise record. The BEARS led Norfolk 4-2 after two, and added goals in the third from Chris Bourque and Wilson to round out the scoring. Alexandre Giroux was held without a goal for the first time in 16 games. His 15-game goal streak is stopped, and is a new American Hockey League record for goals scored in consecutive games.
Notes: The BEARS head home to host the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Friday night at 7:00 p.m. The Capitals assigned Machesney, Bryan Helmer and Karl Alzner Wednesday from Washington. Helmer and Alzner reported directly to GIANT Center, and are both expected to play Friday. Washington is off until next Tuesday for the NHL All-Star break. HERSHEY heads to the AHL All-Star break following Saturday's home game with Manchester.
Bears Radio Network Three Stars of the Game
1. Kyle Wilson (Two goals to lead the way, three points)
2. Keith Aucoin (Goal on the power play, assist)
3. Patrick McNeill (Goal and an assist)