Hershey Bears welcome back fans, beat Charlotte Checkers in opener

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HERSHEY, Pa. (WHTM) — The Hershey Bears welcomed back a full Giant Center crowd Saturday night for the first time in 594 days and the team gave its fans plenty to cheer about in a 5-2 win against the Charlotte Checkers.

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Lucas Johansen netted the first goal of the game three minutes in, and the Bears scored twice in the opening period. Hershey extended its lead to 3-1 in the second and never relinquished its advantage, improving to 1-0 on the year.

New head coach Scott Allen picked up his first win behind the bench.

The two teams will play again Sunday afternoon.

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