02/27/2009 - HERSHEY looks to rebound in the second game of a two-game set in Binghamton against the Senators. Face-off Friday night is at 7:05 p.m.
The BEARS jumped out to a three goal lead Wednesday night at Broome County, but ultimately fell to the Senators 6-5 in a shootout. Graham Mink scored a goal and assisted on three others to lead the HERSHEY offense, while Alexandre Giroux picked up his 40th goal of the season in the first period. Giroux is the only HERSHEY player since 2000 to score at least 40 goals in a single season. He scored 42 for the Chocolate and White in 2006-07.
After winning his first AHL game this past Saturday at home against Philadelphia and dropping a shootout decision in a relief role Wednesday night in New York, Kris Mayotte will make the start in goal Friday for HERSHEY. Mayotte has made two straight relief appearances for the BEARS entering action this weekend.
Five points separate the top three teams in the East Division as play begins this weekend, with HERSHEY holding down the top spot with 79 points. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton, who has lost two straight games, is four points back at 75. Bridgeport now is five points off the pace in the East with 74 points. The Sound Tigers are in Philadelphia Friday to face the Phantoms at 7:05 p.m. The Penguins host the Albany River Rats at Wachovia Arena on Friday. Elsewhere in the East Division, the Norfolk Admirals are at home with the Providence Bruins at 7:15 p.m.
Friday'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 6:45 p.m. John Walton has the call of the action from New York's southern tier. The Norfolk Admirals and Providence Bruins are in town this weekend for games at GIANT Center. The Admirals come in Saturday night at 7:00 p.m., while the Bruins invade on Sunday at 5:00 p.m. Tickets are still available for both games by calling or visiting the GIANT Center box office at (717) 534-3911.