10/10/2009 - HERSHEY will look to extend its season opening winning streak Sunday with a home game against the Manchester Monarchs. Face-off is at 7:00 p.m.
With a convincing 8-1 win over the Binghamton Senators Saturday night at Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena, the BEARS are in sole possession of first place in the East Division standings heading into play Sunday. HERSHEY is tied with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers (Atlantic Division) for the best record in the American Hockey League.
Right wing Andrew Gordon is tied for the American Hockey League lead in scoring entering play Sunday. Gordon, playing on a line with Alexandre Giroux and Keith Aucoin through three games this season, has seven points on four goals and three assists. He collected a goal and two assists Saturday night in a win at Binghamton, and is tied with Albany's Jerome Samson and Andy Wozniewski of the Providence Bruins for AHL honors at the start of play Sunday.
After collecting four assists over his first two games of the season, Alexandre Giroux picked up his first two goals of the season Saturday at Binghamton. The American Hockey League's MVP and scoring champion last season, Giroux is one point off the AHL lead heading into play on Sunday
Manchester plays its third game in three nights Sunday. The Monarchs lost its first game of the season Saturday in Norfolk against the Admirals 2-0. Right wing Scott Parse leads the team in scoring with five points. Reigning AHL player of the week Andrei Loktionov has three goals and one assist on the campaign. Manchester is the top affiliate of the NHL's Los Angeles Kings.
Sunday's game can be heard via the BEARS Radio Network (100.1 FM and www.Sportsjuice.com) beginning at 6:40 p.m. eastern. John Walton, Ed Coffey and Jim Jones have the call of the action from Giant Center. Tickets available at the Giant Center box office, or by calling (717) 534-3911.