HERSHEY — The Hershey Bears returned to home ice and snapped a three-game losing streak at Giant Center with a 5-2 win over the Binghamton Devils on Saturday night.
Hershey got 31 saves from Vitek Vanecek in the win, and Riley Barber scored his 100th AHL point.
The Chocolate and White drew first blood at 6:54 of the first period. Aaron Ness gloved a clearing attempt at the blue line and sent a lateral pass to Chris Bourque, providing support near the blue line. Bourque turned and found Travis Boyd streaking near the low-slot, and Boyd received a quick pass and scored on Binghamton goaltender Mackenzie Blackwood to make it 1-0.
At 11:54, the Bears doubled their lead on another pretty passing play. A cross-ice pass near the net intended for Colby Williams banked off a skate and into the net for Dustin Gazley’s third goal of the season.
The Bears posted a three spot for insurance in the third period. At 3:19, Dustin Gazley and Barber raced up ice on a 2-on-1 rush. Gazley fed a perfect pass to the tape of Barber, who converted into an open net, putting Hershey up 3-0. With the goal, Barber notched his 100th AHL point.
The lead stretched to four at 8:49. Zach Sill deflected a shot from Ness from the center point for his second goal of the season. At 11:04, Binghamton stopped the bleeding after Nathan Bastian converted on a loose puck to snap Vanecek’s shutout bid.
Hershey answered 1:08 later on Boyd’s second goal of the night. In the final minutes, with the Chocolate and White sitting comfortable, former Bridgeport Sound Tiger captain Bracken Kearns tallied to make it 5-2.
The Bears 5-2 win pulled their record to 14-15-0-3. Binghamton fell to 9-15-4-1 on the 2017-18 campaign. Hershey was outshot 33-23 in the win.
Hershey returns to action on Wednesday in Bridgeport against the Sound Tigers.