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Hershey hosts Lake Erie in Game 2 of the Calder Cup Finals tonight, looking to salvage a split before the series moves to Cleveland… The Monsters scored three times in the third period on Wednesday night to earn a 4-1 victory in Game 1… Ohio native Trent Vogelhuber (2-5-7) scored the winning goal with 14:21 remaining after the teams entered the third period tied at 1-1… It was Vogelhuber’s first goal in 13 games, since he scored in the Monsters’ postseason opener on Apr. 20 at Rockford… Daniel Zaar (5-4-9) scored twice, Steve Eminger (1-6-7) recorded two assists and Anton Forsberg (6-0, 1.25, .956) made 26 saves for his sixth consecutive win… Forsberg has allowed eight goals on 183 shots in his seven playoff appearances… Markus Hannikainen (3-5-8) also netted a goal for Lake Erie in Game 1… Jakub Vrana (8-6-14) tallied Hershey’s only goal on Wednesday, tying for the AHL lead with his eighth goal of the postseason… Chris Bourque (4-7-11) notched an assist, the 77th of his Calder Cup Playoff career to move into second place all-time behind Darren Haydar (80)… Justin Peters (11-6, 2.07, .925) stopped 22 of 26 shots as his five-game home winning streak came to an end… Lake Erie improved to 12-2 this postseason, 14-2 in its last 16 road games and 21-4 in its last 25 games overall… Hershey is now 1-3 in Game 1’s this postseason; the Bears came back to defeat Portland and Wilkes-Barre/Scranton after dropping those series openers… Hershey was 0-for-2 on the power play in Game 1… The Bears played a penalty-free game for the first time since Mar. 14, 2014 (vs. Syracuse)… In Calder Cup Finals history, the Game 1 winner has gone on to win the series 60 of 79 times (75.9 percent)… Tonight’s Game 2 will air on NHL Network Radio (SiriusXM 91).
2016 Calder Cup Finals – Series “O” (best-of-7)
In a fitting end to the AHL’s 80th-anniversary season, the Calder Cup Finals are taking place in two of the league’s most historic cities… The Hershey Bears are playing in their 23rd Finals, while Cleveland is hosting the championship series for the first time in 50 years, since the last of the Cleveland Barons’ 14 trips to the Finals in 1966… The Barons and Bears met in the Finals three times, with Cleveland winning all three series (1941, 1945, 1954).
The American Hockey League has named the on-ice officials for the 2016 Calder Cup Finals… Referees working the series will be Tom Chmielewski (second Finals), Terry Koharski (ninth), Jon McIsaac (first), Kendrick Nicholson (first) and Garrett Rank (second)… Linesmen will be Shandor Alphonso, Devin Berg, Ryan Daisy, Brandon Gawryletz, John Grandt and Jud Ritter.
Hershey’s Chris Bourque is the ninth consecutive regular-season MVP to reach the Calder Cup Finals in the same season… Seven of the last eight won the Calder Cup as well:
2016 – Chris Bourque, Hershey Bears
*May 26 – LAKE ERIE 2, Ontario 1 (Lukas Sedlak, 26:25)
|Calder Cup Finals History|
Results of the last 25 Calder Cup Finals series:
2015 – Manchester Monarchs 4, Utica Comets 1
|About the Calder Cup|
While the AHL’s history dates back to the fall of 1936, the Calder Cup trophy was first awarded in 1938 to the Providence Reds for winning the second International-American Hockey League championship. (In 1996, George Parsons of the Syracuse Stars was presented the Calder Cup in a ceremony at the Onondaga County War Memorial; it is believed the Stars never received a trophy for their 1937 championship.) The Calder Cup is named for Frank Calder, the first president of the NHL (1917-43) and one of the driving forces behind the formation of the AHL.
In 2001, the trophy’s base was changed to include two tiers of plaques, which feature the rosters of each of the last 20 Calder Cup champions; the plaques from the first 59 champions are on display in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto. The entire trophy now stands 24 inches tall and weighs 35 pounds. The bowl, made of sterling silver, is 12 inches high and eight inches in diameter; the base is made of Brazilian mahogany.
In Game 2 of the Stanley Cup Final on Wednesday night, Conor Sheary scored 2:35 into overtime as Pittsburgh defeated San Jose, 2-1, to take a 2-0 series lead… Sheary played 30 games with the AHL’s Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins earlier this season, totaling seven goals and 29 assists for 36 points… 2011 AHL All-Star Justin Braun scored for the Sharks.
Calder Cup Finals on AHL Live