The Bears jumped to a quick lead as defenseman Sean Collins’ shot from the point beat Brodeur glove side to put Hershey on the board just 3:11 into the game. The shot was the first Brodeur faced in a B-Sens uniform since an injury in the Senators’ Oct. 8 home opener forced him out of the line-up.
Kyle Greentree added to the Bears lead with his 12th and 13th goals of the season at 6:45 and 17:46 of the opening period, respectively. Greentree also assisted on Collins’ goal, earning three points in the match.
At late interference penalty issued to Andrew Joudrey gave Binghamton a power play opportunity. With just 11.6 seconds remaining in the first, Kaspars Daugavins’ quick shot from the right circle beat Dany Sabourin on the ensuing power play to narrow the Bears’ lead to two.
42 seconds into the second period, Dmitri Kugryshev put the Bears back up by three with his third goal of the season, virtually eliminating any momentum the B-Sens had going into the period.
Nikita Kashirsky and Zack Miskovic also added goals for the Bears in the period.
Brodeur stopped all eight shots faced in the third, however the damage was done. The B-Sens have now won only two of their last eleven matches against the defending Calder Cup champions.
One bright spot came at the conclusion of the game as Bears fan Ashley Count of Lebanon, P.A. made a donation to B-Sens’ forward Cody Bass’s WINGS (When I Need Guidance and Support) Fund. Count’s donation will be distributed to the Mental Health Association of the Southern Tier in memory of Daron Richardson, the late daughter of Ottawa Senators’ assistant coach Luke Richardson.
B-Sens goaltender Robin Lehner tended goal for Sweden’s national junior team in their match against Russia tonight at the 2011 IIHF World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo, N.Y. Lehner made 23 saves, earning the shutout and lifting his team to a 2-0 victory in the Preliminary round.
The B-Sens return to action Friday, Dec. 31 as they host the Albany Devils.
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