Hershey Bears 5, Connecticut Whale 3
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 le...