The Hershey Bears rebounded positively from a pummeling in Providence the night before and powered by the Manchester Monarchs on Saturday night at Verizon Wireless Arena, 2-1, on the strength of a pair of power play goals from Ryan Potulny.
Braden Holtby, who earned the third star of the game award, picked up the win between the pipes for the Bears and stopped the last 33 shots he faced after allowing a goal 1:08 into the game. Holtby’s victory was his 61st as a Bear and occurred in his 101st appearance wearing the Chocolate and White.
With the win, the Bears improved to 29-15-4-4 on the season and 16-7-2-1 on the road.
Notes-Potulny’s first goal of the game at 3:16 of the second period, the Bears’ first goal since his third period strike against the WBS Penguins last Sunday at Giant Center, was the clubs first goal in 88:23 of action.
Potulny’s multi-goal game was his 8th of the season and marked the 20th game this season that the Bears have struck for at least two power play goals in a contest.
Last season the Bears scored 66 goals on 365 chances. Potulny’s second power play goal tonight was their 66th in 238 chances this current season, or 127 less opportunities.