HERSHEY -- Ryan Potulny scored his first goal of the postseason 2:57 into overtime sending the Hershey Bears to a hard-fought 4-3 victory over the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Wednesday in game three of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Giant Center.
After the Penguins came back from a two-goal deficit, Hershey’s Kyle Greentree gave the Bears the lead once again with seven minutes left in regulation. A failed clearing attempt by the Penguins left Greentree alone in the slot, where he one-timed Jacob Micflikier’s pass off the near post and into the net for a 3-2 lead.
With 2:17 remaining in the third, a late man-advantage helped Wilkes-Barre/Scranton to rally once again and force overtime as Alex Grant’s rifle shot from the point slipped through the pads of Hershey goaltender Dany Sabourin, tying the score at three.
It would be a power play in the opening minutes of overtime that allowed the Bears to skate away with the victory. Penguins goalie Brad Thiessen got a blocker on a shot from the point by Tomas Kundratek, but could not seal the left post before Potulny fired back the rebound at 2:57.
Game four is Friday at Giant Center.
Some information used in this story was provided by the W-B/Scranton Penguins.