Friday, January 15, 2010

Bears shell River Rats

ALBANY — It had been open Bear season for the River Rats against Hershey heading into Friday night.
But not in this encounter between the two East Division rivals as league-leading Hershey scored six unanswered goals to open the game, including five tallies in the first period, and went on to rout Albany, 10-4.
Alexandre Giroux scored three goals and assisted on two others to propel the Bears (30-9-0-2), who had lost their previous two games against the Rats (21-16-2-2), both in Albany.
The 10 goals allowed equals an Albany franchise record set in a 10-1 loss to the Carolina Monarchs on March 22, 1996. The five goals yielded in the first period also ties a franchise mark set 11 other times.
Former Rats captain Keith Aucoin and Mathieu Perreault each scored a power-play goal in the opening eight minutes to spark Hershey, as Aucoin tallied two minutes in and Perreault scored on a 5-on-3 man advantage at 7:40.
Alexandre Giroux followed with the Bears’ devastating third goal at 13:22 as Hershey scored three goals within a span of 1:30.
Chris Bourque scored at 13:44 to chase Albany starting goaltender Justin Peters. After rookie goalie Mike Murphy allowed a goal to Jay Beagle at 14:52, the netminder left the game with an undisclosed injury at 18:10, with Peters returning.
Murphy’s injury is serious enough that the Rats will likely attempt to find a goalie to take his roster spot for Saturday’s game against Bridgeport, according to Albany coach Jeff Daniels.
Hershey’s Boyd Kane scored a shorthanded goal 1:14 into the second period, but Albany right wing Jerome Samson averted the shutout with his team-leading 14th goal at 8:10 after he was reassigned by the Carolina Hurricanes.
Aucoin and Bourque each totaled a goal and two assists for the Bears, who have won 13 of their past 14 games, including a 12-game unbeaten streak.
Left wing Brad Herauf scored two goals and assisted on another — all in the third period — for his first multiple-point in the AHL.
Albany hosts Bridgeport on Saturday afternoon at 5 and play at Providence on Sunday at 4:05 p.m. before hitting the All-Star break.


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