With the Texas Stars completing the Game 7 comeback in Hamilton, Ontario tonight. The Championship Series Schedule for the American Hockey League is now out.
And it will get going on June 3 as the team will have nearly a week off to get ready for the Calder Cup Final against the Hershey Bears which will be Hershey, Pennsylvania who's looking to win their 3rd Calder Cup Title in the last 5 seasons against a team that's looking to win the Calder Cup in their first season in the AHL.
In the scoring battle, it will be Jamie Benn who's leading the AHL Calder Cup Playoffs with 14 goals and is looking for more to help win the Championship. Hershey will respond with the 1-2 punch of Alexander Giroux and Andrew Gordon who have 10 & 12 goals each. As a part of a team that lead the league in scoring during the season in scoring with 342 during the regular season.
Texas had a great defense going into the postseason by giving up just under 2.50 a game. But their defense is getting tested as Texas as the Bears have had a strong offense all year. Texas is also hoping that Brent Krahn can comeback since he's been out of the lineup since he went out with an injury in Game 6 of the Chicago Series.
Hershey has been lead in net as Michal Neuvirth has been taking control of the playoffs with a 2.13 GAA as he has given up 3 or more goals just 3 times in the postseason. He doesn't have any shutouts, but he's been a strong net-minder in the playoffs this year.
So will it be the Veteran team that is looking for a 3rd title in 5 seasons (2006 & 2009) as the Bears will look to make it 11 Calder Cups in team history which is the most in AHL History. Or will it be the Texas Stars looking to shock the world by winning in their first season down in Texas?
We will find out when the series begins on 6/3 in Hershey, Penn.
Here's a look at how both teams got to the AHL Calder Cup Championship and some of their scoring leaders and how the goaltending has been doing in the playoffs that have gotten the Texas Stars & Hershey Bears in the Final.
Hershey Scoring Leaders
Chris Bourque: 15 GP 23 PTS (7G 16A, +6)
Alexander Giroux: 15 GP 21 PTS (12G 9A, +2)
Keith Aucoin: 15 GP 19 PTS (1G 18A, +2)
Top Defensemen: Karl Alzner 14 GP 6 PTS (2G 4A, +5)
Michal Neuvirth 12 GP 10-2 2.13 GAA .917 SV%
Branden Holtby 3 GP 2-1 3.60 GAA .857 SV%
Regular Season: 60-17-3 123 PTS, 342 GF 198 GA, Finished 1st in the East Division and Overall
Division Semifinals VS. Bridgeport: Game 1 4-3 OTW, Game 2 3-2 W, Game 3 7-2 W, Game 4 1-4 L, Game 5 4-1 W
Division Finals VS. Albany: Game 1 4-3 OTW, Game 2 6-3 W, Game 3 6-5 OTW, Game 4 5-3 OTW
Conference Finals VS. Manchester: Game 1 4-2 W, Game 2 3-2 OTW, Game 3 2-3 OTL, Game 4 0-1 L, Game 5 3-2 OTW, Game 6 3-2 OTW
Texas Scoring Leaders
Jamie Benn: 18 GP 24 PTS (14G 10A, +10)
Andrew Hutchinson (Top Defensemen): 18 GP 15 PTS (4G 11A, +9)
Perttu Lindgren: 18 GP 14 PTS (6G 8A, +5)
Brent Krahn 10 GP 7-3 2.32 GAA .928 SV%
Matt Climie 10 GP 5-3 2.62 GAA .922 SV%
Regular Season Record: 46-27-7 99 PTS, Finished 2nd in the West Division
Division Semifinals VS. Rockford: Game 1 2-1 W, Game 2 3-1 W, Game 3 6-1 W, Game 4 4-2 W
Division Finals VS. Chicago: Game 1 4-3 OTW, Game 2 3-4 2OTL, Game 3 3-5 L, Game 4 3-2 W, Game 5 5-3 W, Game 6 0-2 L, Game 7 6-5 OTW
Conference Finals VS. Hamilton: Game 1 2-3 OTL, Game 2 1-3 L, Game 3 5-4 OTW, Game 4 2-1 OTW, Game 5 0-3 L, Game 6 3-2 OTW, Game 7 4-2 W
All Hershey Bears Home Games are @ Giant Center
All Texas Stars Home Games are @ Cedar Park Center
Game 1, 6/3: @ Hershey 7:00 PM EDT/6:00 PM CDT
Game 2, 6/5: @ Hershey 7:00 PM EDT/6:00 PM CDT
Game 3, 6/7: @ Texas 8:30 PM EDT/7:30 PM CDT
Game 4, 6/9: @ Texas 8:30 PM EDT/7:30 PM CDT
Game 5, 6/11: @ Texas 8:30 PM EDT/7:30 PM CDT*
Game 6, 6/14: @ Hershey 7:00 PM EDT/6:00 PM CDT*
Game 7, 6/16: @ Hershey 7:00 PM EDT/6:00 PM CDT*
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