It’s hard to follow a huge game like the Outdoor Classic, but with the same teams playing, it makes for an interesting rematch. Speaking of the Outdoor Classic, have you checked out Kyle’s recap and amazing photos?
Unlike last night, the Phantoms scored the first goal of the game. Andrew Rowe scored by banking a shot off of Danny Richmond. Not a whole lot Richmond or Dany Sabourin could have done.
The Bears tied it up late in the same period with a patented Chris Bourque short-handed goal. It was a big goal for his 20th of the season.
The Bears earned their first lead of the game during the second period. Boyd Kane tipped a Patrick McNeill shot past Michael Leighton. Unfortunately, the lead didn’t last long. While Julien Brouillette and Tomas Kundratek were focused on defending Jason Akeson, Tyler Brown skated right up to the goal where Akeson set him up for a goal.
The Bears seemed to save the best for last. After a bit of a lackluster night for the power play, Jacob Micflikier scored on the power play after a Bourque shot bounced out to him. Julien Brouillette extended the lead when he joined the play and collected a Cody Eakin pass. Moments later, Keith Aucoin skated past the goal and passed to Patrick McNeill, who tipped it right into the top corner of the net.
Despite some chaos and mayhem towards the end (see the photos and video highlights below), the Bears won 5-2! It may not be the Outdoor Classic but it’s still a nice two points.
- Patrick Wellar was injured during the Outdoor Classic. It was announced today that is out for the rest of the weekend.
- Chris Bourque’s short-handed goal was the Bears’ eighth short-hander of the season. Bourque also currently holds the league lead in short-handed goals with four goals.
- With three assists tonight, Keith Aucoin’s point streak has reached ten straight games.
- Pet Scott Stuccio, with all the major penalties and misconducts, the Bears reached a season-high 166 penalty minutes between the two teams.
Lines and Pairings:
Eakin – Aucoin – Bourque
Greentree – Potulny – Micflikier
Kane – Hanson – Ford
Pope – Carroll – Rechlicz
McNeill – Collins
Richmond – Miskovic
Brouillette – Kundratek
Three stars of the game:
1. Keith Aucoin (HER)
2. Patrick McNeill (HER)
3. Chris Bourque (HER)
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