02/01/2010 10:18 AM
HERSHEY, P.A.– The Senators tried to bounce back from their recent slump Sunday as they faced the number one team in the American Hockey League, the Hershey Bears. This was not a relaxing Sunday off for the B-Sens with the playoff hopes still faintly in the picture. Hershey’s 6-1 victory made achieving those hopes much more challenging.
The B-Sens were able to hold Hershey’s explosive offense scoreless for the majority of the first period, however with just over five minutes remaining in the first the Bears’ Kyle Wilson breaks the silence by skating down the wing and firing a shot past B-Sens net minder Chris Holt to make it 1-0 heading into the intermission.
6:23 into the second period, Boyd Kane tipped in a Kyle Wilson shot to make it 2-0 Hershey.
Just 37 seconds later the deficit quickly grew larger as Keith Aucoin scored on an odd man rush that caught the B-Sens in a scramble. The goal was number 28 for Aucoin on the year. Alexandre Giroux earned his second point of the night with the assist.
Hershey continued their scoring ways just 1:26 into the third. Giroux tallied the Bear’s fourth goal for his third point of the night. Aucoin and John Carlson assisted.
At 4:34 of the third, Andrew Joudrey was awarded a penalty shot. Holt, however was able to deny Joudrey, keeping the score 4-0.
The Senators ruined any chance of a shutout for the Bear’s goaltender Michal Neuvirth six minutes into the period as Erik Condra tallied his ninth goal of the season. Defensemen Tomas Kudelka and Derek Smith earned the helpers.
The Bears took advantage of a late power play as Giroux scored his second goal of the game, earning his fourth point that night. Aucoin would be credited with the lone assist making him the 42nd player in AHL history to record 600 points.
Mathieu Perrault rounded out the scoring frenzy for the Bears with just 1:52 remaining in regulation to finalize the score 6-1.
The B-Sens return to home ice on Friday, Feb. 5 to take on the Albany River Rats. Game time is set for 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $17.75 for side seating, $16.75 for end seating. Fans can purchase tickets at www.ticketmaster.com, by phone at 1-800-745-3000 or in person at the Binghamton Senators’ executive office or the Broome County Veterans Memorial Arena box office.
-Go B-Sens Go-