HERSHEY — The Hershey Bears returned home and battled the Milwaukee Admirals at Giant Center for the first time in over 11 years.
Vitek Vanecek pitched a 21-save clean sheet, and Aaron Ness' first goal of the season in the first period proved to be the eventual game-winner in a Bears' 3-0 victory.
Hershey opened the scoring on Ness' first tally of the season with the Chocolate and White. In his second game inserted into the lineup, Ness received a pass from Chris Bourque and skated into the left faceoff circle. He unloaded a quick shot past Milwaukee goaltender Juuse Saros to give the Bears a 1-0 lead. Bourque collected his American Hockey League leading 28th point of the season with the goal at 10:09
The Bears carried a 15-5 shot advantage into the middle period, and doubled their lead on a late strike. Mathias Bau blasted a shot from the left wing into the net.
With 1:10 left in regulation, Jonas Siegenthaler added a shorthanded empty-net goal from the offensive blue line to round out a 3-0 Hershey win. Vanecek earned his sixth career AHL shutout, and the first for the Chocolate and White of the 2017-18 regular season.
The Bears round out a three games in as many nights stretch Sunday against the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins. Puck drop is set for 5 p.m.