03/01/2009 - HERSHEY looks to finish off the week with points in four straight games as the Providence Bruins come to town at 5:00 p.m. Providence is the first place team in the Atlantic Division standings entering play Sunday.
In a see-saw game at GIANT Center Saturday night, the BEARS rallied with three late goals in the third period to defeat the Norfolk Admirals 6-4. Graham Mink scored two goals, including the game-tying tally in the third period. Mathieu Perreault picked up his ninth goal Saturday, which also proved to be the game-winner. Goaltender Daren Machesney earned the victory, making 37 saves. HERSHEY won its eighth game in nine tries against the Admirals, with one game remaining in the 10-game season series. The BEARS will play at Norfolk Scope on Wednesday, April 1.
It will be an emotional scene in Albany today as the River Rats play at home for the first time since the team's bus crash one week ago Thursday. Albany hosts the Norfolk Admirals at Times Union Center, and the team will honor emergency personnel that helped at the crash scene. Bridgeport, one night after defeating Wilkes-Barre/Scranton at the Arena at Harbor Yard, heads to Wilkes-Barre Township today for the back half of the home-and-home series with the Pens at Wachovia Arena. Binghamton is also playing the back half of a home-and-home Sunday, traveling to Rochester to play the Americans. The Senators defeated the Amerks Saturday night 4-3 at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena.
Providence holds down the top spot in the Atlantic Division, holding a two-point advantage over the second place Hartford Wolf Pack. The Bruins are led in scoring by defenseman and former HERSHEY BEAR Johnny Boychuk. Boychuk has 15 goals and 35 points this season. Goaltender and resident workhorse Tuukka Rask has played in 43 games this season for Providence, and has 25 wins for the Atlantic frontrunners.
Sunday'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 4:40 p.m. John Walton and Ed Coffey have the call of the action. Tickets are still available by calling or visiting the GIANT Center box office at (717) 534-3911.