02/13/2009 - BEARS DROP THIRD STRAIGHT FRIDAY, SENS WIN 5-1
By: John Walton
Binghamton scored five times over the final two periods Friday night, earning a 5-1 win over HERSHEY at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
The two teams battled through a scoreless first period, although both teams had chances early to break the deadlock. The BEARS put pucks on Binghamton goaltender Jeff Glass on two early power plays but failed to score. The Senators enjoyed a full two minutes of five-on-three hockey in the first when Greg Amadio and Alexandre Giroux went to the penalty box together at 13:37, but the home team could not score against Daren Machesney.
The goals started to slip through in the second period, and the offense favored the home team in the middle stanza. Drew Fata broke a scoreless tie at the 2:07 with a high slot shot against Machesney to lift Binghamton into a 1-0 lead. HERSHEY had a chance to tie the game just seconds later at 2:39 when Alexandre Giroux was awarded a penalty shot, but Glass was able to deny the AHL's leading goal scorer one on none. Graham Mink scored a goal in his fifth consecutive game at 11:06 to tie the game at 1-1, but the period turned out to be 1:21 too long for the Chocolate and White. Marc Cavosie deflected a Chaz Johnson shot short side against Machesney at 18:39 to push the Sens in front, and Greg Mauldin scored on an odd man rush at 19:30 to give Binghamton a 3-1 lead after two.
Josh Hennessy put the game out of reach for the Senators early in the third period with a short-handed goal, and then added a power play goal late in regulation to round out the scoring. The loss was HERSHEY'S third straight loss in regulation, tying the club's longest regulation losing streak of the season.
Notes: The BEARS return home to face the Norfolk Admirals on Valentine's Day at GIANT Center. Face-off is at 7:00 p.m. Saturday, with tickets still available at the GIANT Center box office, or by calling (717) 534-3911. HERSHEY will wear special Valentine's Day jerseys that will be auctioned off after the game Saturday night. The BEARS will then travel up I-81 again on Monday to play the Syracuse Crunch at the Onondaga County War Memorial at 7:00 p.m. Andrew Joudrey missed Friday's game in Binghamton due to illness.
Bears Radio Network Three Stars of the Game
1. Jeff Glass (Awful against Bears earlier this year, shone brightly Friday)
2. Josh Hennessy (Two goals in the third to seal the deal)
3. Graham Mink (Scored a goal in his fifth consecutive game)