Saturday night at Giant Center the Hershey Bears squared off with the second oldest franchise in the American Hockey League, the Rochester Americans. It wasn’t just a hockey game, but a celebration among Hershey Bears fans, players and staff members. Saturday the Bears celebrated 75 years of hockey.

Jeff Taffe, and the Hershey Bears looked to show Rochester why Hershey is the sweetest place on earth, not just for its sweet chocolate, but for its hockey. Both teams exploded offensively, but the Amerks overcame two, three-goal deficits to beat Hershey, 8-7.

Into the opening period at Giant Center for the 2012-13 season, the Bears fired 14 shots on Americans’ goaltender David Leggio, and hit pay-dirt three times.

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