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HERSHEY — The Hershey Bears returned home and wrapped up the season series with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers with a 2-1 win on Saturday at Giant Center in front of 10,039.

In the opening period, Hershey dictated the majority of play and grabbed an early 1-0 lead. While the Chocolate and White were changing personnel, Garrett Mitchell pressured in the offensive zone and forced a Sound Tigers turnover. On the ensuing giveaway, Jonas Siegenthaler blasted home his sixth goal of the season at 4:51. Shots after 20 minutes were 8-5 in favor of Hershey.

The Chocolate and White continued to dictate play in the middle stanza, and added to their lead in the latter stages. At 15:08, Mathias Bau scored his 13th goal of the season immediately following an offensive zone face-off win by Tyler Graovac.

Bears goaltender Vitek Vanecek's work load remained light with only four additional required stops in the second period. Shots after 40 minutes were 20-9 for Hershey.

In the third period, Bridgeport ended Vanecek's bid for his third shutout of the season and pulled within one. On a breakaway, Penn State product Casey Bailey snapped a quick shot past Vanecek to make it 2-1 Hershey at 5:17. The penalty kill continued its perfect night, and Vanecek shut the door the rest of the way to complete a 2-1 victory.

The Bears won their 30th game of the season improving their record to 30-36-4-5. Bridgeport falls to 36-31-5-3.

Before puck drop, both teams took part in a pregame ceremony honoring the 16 lives lost in the recent bus accident tragedy involving the Humboldt Broncos.

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