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Power surge in Hershey

Graham Mink scored twice and Jared Aulin recorded three assists as Hershey went an incredible 7-for-18 on the power play en route to a 7-2 victory over Philadelphia at Giant Center on Saturday night.

A steady parade of Phantoms made its way to the penalty box throughout the night, as Hershey scored six times on 5-on-3’s. Philadelphia was assessed 90 minutes in penalties total, and was 1-for-9 itself on the power play.

The game was tied at 1-1 before Louis Robitaille put the Bears up for good at the 7:10 mark of the second period. Mink netted his second of the night and 12th of the season 54 seconds later.

The wheels fell off in the third period, as Hershey spent nearly eight consecutive minutes with the man advantage, scoring four times in a span of 3:38 to take a 7-1 lead. Eric Fehr, Mark Wotton, Boyd Kane and Dave Steckel wrapped up the Bears scoring.

The seven power-play goals were a team record for the 68-year-old Bears franchise, and were the most by an AHL team in one game since Kentucky scored seven times with the man advantage in an 11-6 win over Cincinnati on Oct. 4, 1997.

Hershey finished with a resounding 49-18 edge in shots on goal.

Elsewhere on Saturday:
Chris Kelleher scored 40 seconds into overtime as Wilkes-Barre/Scranton improved to 15-0-1-0 on the year with a 3-2 win over Norfolk… Nicklas Bergfors recorded two goals and an assist as Albany defeated Binghamton, 6-3, to end a seven-game losing streak… Ryan Vesce‘s second goal of the game came with 10:59 left in regulation and was the difference as Springfield beat Bridgeport, 4-3… Mike Smith made 34 saves and Junior Lessard provided the offense in Iowa’s 1-0 win over Hamilton… Valtteri Filppula had a goal and two assists as Grand Rapids scored five times in the third period and knocked off Cleveland, 5-3… Colin Forbes scored twice in regulation and Keith Aucoin scored in the 12th shootout round as Lowell edged Manchester, 3-2… Curtis Glencross scored 22 seconds into overtime to give Portland a 4-3 win over Providence… John Pohl had a goal and two assists to lift Toronto over Houston, 4-2… Pascal Leclaire made 36 saves for Syracuse in a 2-0 win over Rochester… Brendan Brooks scored with 4:17 remaining in regulation to give Peoria a 4-3 victory over San Antonio… Kevin Doell‘s third-period goal gave Chicago a 3-2 win over Milwaukee and ended the Admirals’ seven-game winning streak.