10/09/2009 - The BEARS got the upper hand in the 12-game season series with Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Friday, winning the first matchup 3-0 at Wachovia Arena at Casey Plaza.
Hershey's Darren Reid got the scoring started Friday night with his first goal of the season. Reid scored immediately after the Bears were denied on a power play opportunity, and put the puck past Pens goaltender John Curry at 7:16. Andrew Joudrey and Greg Amadio picked up the assists on the goal, the first scored at even strength by the BEARS in 2009-10. Wilkes-Barre/Scranton would fire 13 shots at HERSHEY goaltender Braden Holtby in the first, while Curry faced eight from the visiting team.
Neither team would score in the second period, although Holtby made several brilliant saves in the frame. The Penguins picked up 15 shots to HERSHEY'S seven, but the BEARS still took a 1-0 lead into the third. Boyd Kane added an early goal in the final period to increase the lead to 2-0, and Keith Aucoin rounded out the scoring with his first tally of the season late. The BEARS are tied with the Binghamton Senators for first place in the East Division after two games.
BEARS Radio Network Three Stars of the game:
1. Braden Holtby-Brilliant with 38 saves and his first AHL shutout
2. Boyd Kane-Backbreaking goal in the third
3. Darren Reid-Scored first goal
Notes: The BEARS continue a two-game East Division road trip Saturday with a game against the Binghamton Senators at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena. Face-off is at 7:05 p.m. HERSHEY'S weekend concludes Sunday with a home date against the Manchester Monarchs at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available for Sunday's game at the GIANT Center box office, or by calling (717) 534-3911. The game for Kane was his first regular season game in a HERSHEY sweater since April 15, 2006. The two teams will meet again on Friday, October 23 at Wachovia Arena in the second meeting of 12 in 2009-10. Former BEARS winger Jared Aulin scored a goal for Syracuse Friday at Binghamton. Aulin was signed to a tryout contract by the Crunch at the start of this season after being out of hockey for two years.