02/06/2009 - The BEARS have notched points in nine straight games as the San Antonio Rampage invade GIANT Center Saturday night at 7:00 p.m. The game marks the first time that San Antonio has ever played at game in HERSHEY. The Chocolate and White have not lost a game in regulation since a 7-2 loss to Albany on January 14.
HERSHEY defeated the Philadelphia Phantoms 5-3 at the Wachovia Spectrum Friday night. Andrew Gordon scored two goals and assisted on a third, while Graham Mink scored a goal and added two playmakers. Gordon was named the game's number one star for his efforts, while Mink earned number two star honors. Goaltender Daren Machesney won his 13th game of the season, making 16 saves. The win was HERSHEY'S 34th of the season, tied with the Manitoba Moose for the highest total in the American Hockey League.
San Antonio is in the midst of a 13-game, 25 day road trip, which is the longest by any team in the American Hockey League this season. The Rampage rallied from two goals down Friday late in the third period to force overtime in Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, but fell 4-3 at Wachovia Arena when Reid Cashman picked up the game winner. San Antonio is in eighth place in the West Division standings, but only trail the fourth place Chicago Wolves by nine points entering play tonight. The Rampage have played the most games (53) in the AHL entering action Saturday.
Five teams are in action in the East Division on Saturday night. After an overtime loss Friday at Hamilton, the Binghamton Senators are back stateside to face the Rochester Americans at Blue Cross Arena Saturday. Albany is at Glens Falls, New York playing a neutral site game, hosting the Portland Pirates in a game that's already sold out at the Glens Falls Civic Center. Bridgeport is in Norfolk for a second consecutive night facing the Admirals at Norfolk Scope. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and Philadelphia both enjoy a Saturday night off tonight.
Saturday'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 6:40 p.m. John Walton and Ed Coffey have the call of the action from GIANT Center. Tickets are still available for Saturday's game with San Antonio and Sunday's home game with Portland by calling or visiting the GIANT Center box office at (717) 534-3911.