HERSHEY 8, WILKES-BARRE/SCRANTON 4
Graham Mink netted a hat trick and a five-point night in his return to a Hershey uniform as the Bears used a potent power play to defeat host Wilkes-Barre/Scranton by an 8-4 final on Wednesday at the Wachovia Arena in both teams’ season opener.
Mink, a member of Hershey’s 2006 Calder Cup title team who played the last two seasons for Worcester, scored a power play goal in each period to lead the Bears’ attack.
Three-time AHL All-Star Keith Aucoin also finished with five points (1-4-5) in his Bears debut, scoring the game’s first goal just 1:36 into the first period and then assisting on all three of Mink’s markers.
Hershey finished 5-for-7 on the power play, while Wilkes-Barre/Scranton went 3-for-10.
Hershey goaltender Daren Machesney earned the victory with 21 saves in net.