Sabourin Helps Hershey to First WinPosted on January 14, 2013 by Mike Vogel
The AHL Hershey Bears started off a busy weekend on the right foot, taking a 3-2 decision from the Senators in Binghamton on Friday night. Goaltender Dany Sabourin, getting his first start of the season, was stellar between the pipes for Hershey. Sabourin stopped 42 of the 44 shots sent in his direction on the night. The victory evened the Bears’ record at 1-1 on the season. Each of the three Hershey tallies came from defensemen. Julien Brouillette started the game’s scoring with an even-strength strike from Jeff Taffe and Jon DiSalvatore at 4:28 of the first period. The Sens outshot the Bears by a 16-6 margin in the first period, and Hershey successful snuffed three Senators power plays in the game’s first 20 minutes. Garrett Stafford scored his first goal as a Bear on a Hershey power play at 4:32 of the second to push the road team’s advantage to 2-0. Ryan Potulny and Tomas Kundratek picked up the assists. Binghamton doubled up Hershey in second-period shots on goal, 14-7. At the 5:03 mark of the third, Potulny set up Cameron Schilling’s second regular season professional goal to give Hershey a 3-0 lead. But Binghamton kept coming, and it was eventually able to solve Sabourin. With the Bears’ Zach Hamill sitting out a hooking infraction midway through the third, Sens defenseman Andre Benoit scored on the power play to make it 3-1. The Senators got another special teams marker – this one a shorthanded tally from Tyler Eckford at 15:08 of the third – to shave the Bears’ lead to 3-2. Sabourin held tough the rest of the way, and Hershey was able to head home with its first victory of the season. The Senators outshot Hershey by a whopping 44-21 on the night. Robin Lehner absorbed the loss in goal for Binghamton in front of a crowd of 2,725. The Bears host Rochester on Saturday in the team’s home opener at Giant Center, and Hershey hooks up with the Sens for the third time in the young season on Sunday in Chocolatetown. Just prior to the game, the Bears added goaltender Philipp Grubauer from ECHL Reading. The move was necessary because Bears goaltender Braden Holtby was sidelined with an undisclosed injury. With two games in as many nights ahead, it’s possible that Grubauer could get his first taste of AHL action sometime this weekend.
After starting the season with a 1-1 mark in two road games, the Hershey Bears kicked off the home portion of their 75th AHL season on Saturday night at Giant Center against the Rochester Americans. The Bears jumped out to a 4-1 lead, but ended up losing the special teams battle and ultimately, the