HERSHEY, Pa. - Ryan Potulny had a goal and an assist and the Hershey Bears held on for a 3-2 win over the St. John's IceCaps in American Hockey League action Wednesday.
Hershey built up a 3-0 lead by the midway point of the second period and was able to ride out an IceCaps comeback attempt despite being outshot 27-21.
Mike Carman and Boyd Kane also scored for Hershey (35-20-10), which has not lost in regulation in its past five games (4-0-1).
Jason King and Aaron Gagnon replied for St. John's (38-19-7), which has just three goals in its past three games after scoring six against the Hamilton Bulldogs on Mar. 14.
The Bears got on the board early when Carman took a pass from behind the IceCaps' net and scored 1:56 into the first period.
Kane added to the lead late in the first with a short-handed goal off an IceCaps turnover. Jason DeSantis couldn't handle a pass at the Bears' blue-line. Potulny collected the loose puck and fed a streaking Kane, who coasted in on a breakaway and fired a wrist shot past Eddie Pasquale.
Potulny scored his 24th of the season on one-timer to give the Bears a 3-0 lead.
The IceCaps ended a season-long scoring drought of nearly 120 minutes at 12:12 of the second period. Josh Lunden, signed Tuesday to a professional tryout contract, circled the net and attempted to stuff the puck past netminder Dany Sabourin, and King was there in front to tip in the puck.
Just 2:23 later, Gagnon brought the IceCaps to within one with his 11th goal of the season. Off the rush, a trailing Gagnon crashed the net and had the puck deflect off his skate and in.
Sabourin made 25 saves for Hershey.
Pasquale stopped 18 shots for St. John's.