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February 19. 2013 5:51PM
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HERSHEY - A couple of funky goals put the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins in an early hole.

A late lapse in the second period finished them off.

Tomas Kundratek shoveled home a power-play goal with just four-tenths of a second remaining in the second period Saturday and Braden Holtby stopped 23 shots as the hated Hershey Bears pushed aside the Penguins, 4-1, in a game of oddities at the Giant Center.

Boyd Kane put the finishing touches on Hershey's victory by poking home an empty-net goal with 30 seconds to play.

Bears winger Garrett Mitchell put the Bears on top twice with a couple of unusual goals, scoring on a penalty shot and by benefit of replay review.

They took advantage of those opportunities they got, said Pens goalie Brad Thiessen, who fell to 2-2-0 as a starter this season. It would have been nice to make a save on one or two of them.

Mitchell's first score came off an untimely turnover by Penguins rookie Beau Bennett, which resulted in Mitchell's shorthanded breakaway attempt. When his progress toward the net was impeded, Mitchell was awarded a rare penalty shot.

He used the chance to lift a goal over the left shoulder of Thiessen and under the crossbar for a 1-0 Bears lead midway through the opening period.

That area of the cage - just under the crossbar, seemed to be Mitchell's sweet spot. He used it again in the second period, rolling a high shot just under the crossbar and briefly into the back of the net before it caromed onto the ice as play momentarily continued without a whistle.

After originally ruling no goal, the officials went to video review - seldom used in AHL regular season games - to decide if Mitchell's shot indeed crossed the line - giving Mitchell a goal and Hershey a 2-1 lead.

Penguins coach John Hynes said officials are turning to replay more this year to clear up cloudy goals, although he noted, It's rink by rink.

Nothing unusual about the bad blood between the two long-time Eastern Division rivals, though. Their emotions erupted with a series of three straight skirmishes in the second period, with former Penguins-turned-Bears Jeff Taffe and Kevin Marshall squaring off against their old squad in two of the fights.

The period ruined the Penguins attempt to fight their way back into the game.

Bennett atoned for his earlier mistake with a crisp pass on a power play that found Trevor Smith sliding toward the side of the crease. It made for an easy goal for Smith, his fourth of the season, as the Penguins evened the score at 1-1 with just under 12 minutes remaining in the period.

But from there, it all unraveled for the Penguins, who fell to 8-7-0-0.


First Period

Scoring: 1. Bears, Mitchell (3), penalty shot, 12:19. Penalties: Bears, Schilling (tripping), 7:29; Bears, Kane (slashing), 10:57; Penguins, Peters (roughing), 13:17; Penguins, Dumoulin (high-sticking), 16:53; Bears, Kane (boarding), 18:46.

Second Period

Scoring: 2. Penguins, Smith 4 (Bennett, Tangradi), pp, 8:10; 3. Bears, Mitchell 4 (Hamill, Syner), 15:29; 4. Bears, Kundratek 4 (Stafford, Beaudoin), 19:59. Penalties: Penguins, Bortuzzo (unsportsmanlike conduct), 3:55; Penguins, Morrow (fighting), 3:55; Bears, Clackson (fighting), 3:55; Bears, Oleksy (unsportsmanlike conduct), 3:55; Penguins, Farnham (charging), 4:30; Penguins, Farnham (fighting), 4:30; Bears, Taffe (fighting), 4:30; Bears, Marshall (interference), 7:25; Penguins, Morrow (tripping), 18:48.

Third Period

Scoring: 5. Bears, Kane 4, 19:29. Penalties: Bears, Stafford (holding), 3:02; Penguins, Bortuzzo (delay of game), 8:03; Penguins, Farnham (roughing), 20:00; Penguins, Farnham (roughing), 20:00; Penguins, Uher (fighting), 20:00; Penguins, Uher (game misconduct), 20:00.

Shots: Penguins 24, Bears 21. Goalies: Penguins, Thiessen (2-2-0) 20 shots, 17 saves; Bears, Holtby (4-4-0) 24 shots, 23 saves.

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