Found December 09, 2011 on Sox and Dawgs:
By Brian Ring Hartford, CT, December 9, 2011 – Ryan Potulny scored two goals and added an assist, and Chris Bourque added a goal and an assist, to lead the Hershey Bears to a 5-3 victory over Connecticut Whale Friday night at the XL Center in Hartford. Keith Aucoin recorded three assists for Hershey, which had to hold off a furious third-period rally by the Whale, who received a goal and an assist from Mats Zuccarello. "We hit some (goal) posts, we had some good chances early," said Whale head coach Ken Gernander. "Of course we made a mistake or two that led to goals...but they stayed with it until the end of the game." The Whale and the Bears had played a scoreless first period, despite Connecticut being afforded three power-play opportunities. The Whale allowed the Bears’ league-leading power-play one chance, in a frame that saw Hershey outshoot the Whale by an 8-4 margin. Former Whale Tomas Kundratek opened the scoring, giving the Bears a 1-0 lead at 13:...

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