01/31/2009 - GORDON SCORES TWICE AS BEARS CLOSE JANUARY WITH A WIN
By: John Walton
The BEARS rallied from two different one-goal deficits Saturday night and posted a 4-2 win over the Norfolk Admirals at GIANT Center.
Norfolk broke on top 1-0 in the first period when Blair Jones scored his 10th goal of the season. The goal at 6:50 came from the slot, and was assisted by Justin Keller and Zenon Konopka. The BEARS would tie the game when Andrew Gordon picked up a puck from Kyle Wilson and scored his 11th at 11:57, but the Admirals again found paydirt in the first when Bracken Kearns potted his 11th at 12:51. Gordon would again pull the BEARS even before intermission, scoring his second of the game and 12th of the year at 13:33. The two teams went to first intermission tied at 2-2.
Mathieu Perreault and Jay Beagle scored second period goals for HERSHEY as the Admirals failed to find the net the rest of the night. Perreault's goal at 1:54 of period two proved to be the game-winner as the Chocolate and White posted the 4-2 final. Alexandre Giroux failed to record a point, stopping his franchise record streak at 23 straight games. The win was HERSHEY'S 33rd of the season, the most in the AHL. The BEARS also became the first team in the AHL this season to reach the 70-point plateau.
Notes: The BEARS are off until next Friday night when the team heads to Philadelphia to meet the Phantoms at the Wachovia Spectrum. Face-off is at 7:05 p.m. The San Antonio Rampage make its first ever appearance at GIANT Center next Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are on sale now at the GIANT Center box office, or by calling (717) 534-3911. Graham Mink missed his second consecutive game due to back spasms, while Oskar Osala missed the game as a healthy scratch. Norfolk returns to GIANT Center on Saturday, February 14 for the eighth meeting of ten between the two clubs. Giroux's AHL record 15-game goal scoring streak was also stopped by the Admirals back on January 21.
Bears Radio Network Three Stars of the Game
1. Andrew Gordon (Multi-goal game paces the offense)
2. Bryan Helmer (Two assists)
3. Mathieu Perreault (Scores the game-winner in the second period)