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FALCONS UPEND BEARS IN SHOOTOUT WEDNESDAY


03/11/2009 - FALCONS DEFEAT HIBERNATING BEARS Hershey Falls in Shootout By Jess Mikula The BEARS played catch-up Wednesday night but couldn't seem to take the lead, falling to the Springfield Falcons by a score of 3-2 in the shootout. The Falcons struck early, as Gilbert Brule fired a one timer past Simeon Varlamov for a power play tally at 1:44 of the first. HERSHEY out-shot Springfield 14-11 in the period and carried a one-goal deficit to the dressing room after one. Alexandre Giroux answered for the BEARS with his 46th goal of the season 43 seconds into the second period. Keith Aucoin and Chris Bourque added the assists on the power play marker. The score was deadlocked at 1-1 after 40 minutes of play. The Falcons regained the lead in the third period, though not for long. Ryan Potulny gave the visiting team the go-ahead goal at 13:45. HERSHEY found the equalizer just 24 seconds later, as Andrew Gordon netted his 20th of the year, assisted by Francois Bouchard at 14:09. Neither team scored through the remainder of regulation and overtime. Giroux nearly potted the game winner early in overtime with a wraparound attempt but was denied. Three of Springfield's shooters found the back of the net in the shootout, with Falcons netminder Devan Dubnyk stopping three of HERSHEY's four shooters to give the visiting team the win. The BEARS registered 34 shots on goal Wednesday night. Simeon Varlamov turned aside 26 of 29 shots, suffering his first shootout loss in net this season and his second loss in three starts. Bears Radio Network Three Stars of the Game: 1. Charles Linglet (scored the game winner in the shootout) 2. Devan Dubnyk (32 saves on 34 shots) 3. Gilbert Brule (scored the first goal of the game) Notes: The BEARS are off until Saturday when the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins return to GIANT Center at 7:00 p.m. Bridgeport comes to call Sunday at 5:00 p.m. The American Hockey League will release all clear day rosters for member clubs Thursday morning at 10:00 a.m. The start for Varlamov was his third in a row dating back to Saturday's game in Toronto.

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