Outdoor Classic a hit with players

Outdoor Classic a hit with players
January 22, 2013, 12:00 am
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It’s been an eventful couple of days for defenseman Tomas Kundratek who joined the Capitals for the first time this season early Monday morning- less than 12 hours after skating for the Hershey Bears in the American Hockey League’s 2013 Outdoor Classic.

The Bears fell 2-1 in overtime against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins Sunday evening before a sellout crowd of 17,311 at Hersheypark Stadium.

“It was awesome, the crowd was unreal,” said Kundratek who also played in last year’s AHL Outdoor Classic when the Bears faced the Adirondack Phantoms at Philadelphia’s Citizens Bank Park.

“It kind of felt even better than in Philly, because in Philly the fans were only on one side [of the stadium], but in Hershey the fans were right on top of you and it was great.”

Kundratek gave Hershey a 1-0 second period lead with his team-leading 13th goal of the season, but he was also on the ice for both of the Baby Pens’ tallies and finished the game with a minus-1 rating. For the season, Kundratek is a team-worst minus-13.

With the overtime loss, the Bears dropped to 20-18-2-1 on the season and remain in seventh place in the AHL’s Eastern Conference. The Bears return indoors on Friday when they host the St. John’s IceCaps at Giant Center.