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Game 2 – HERSHEY 4, Hamilton 2 (Series tied, 1-1)

1. Scott Barney scores twice to lead Hershey to a Game 2 win over Hamilton.

2. Jakub Klepis nets the game-tying goal to set off the Bears’ three-goal rally.

3. Matt Hendricks records an assist on Hershey’s insurance goal in the third period.

Game 3 – Hershey at Hamilton, 7:30 (Series tied, 1-1)

2007 Calder Cup Final – Series "O" (best-of-7)
E1-Hershey Bears vs. N3-Hamilton Bulldogs || Preview
Game 1 – Fri., June 1 – Hamilton 4, HERSHEY 0
Game 2 – Sat., June 2 – HERSHEY 4, Hamilton 2
Game 3 – Mon., June 4 – Hershey at Hamilton, 7:30
Game 4 – Wed., June 6 – Hershey at Hamilton, 7:30
Game 5 – Thu., June 7 – Hershey at Hamilton, 7:30
*Game 6 – Tue., June 12 – Hamilton at Hershey, 7:00
*Game 7 – Fri., June 15 – Hamilton at Hershey, 7:00

*if necessary… All times Eastern

GAME NOTES (all times ET):
her-ham4_200.jpgGame 3 – Hershey at Hamilton, 7:30 (Series tied, 1-1)
TV: ABC27 Harrisburg with John Walton and Gregg Mace
Video Webcast: B2 Networks
100.1 FM/960 AM (Hershey), 820 AM (Hamilton)
Official Media Notes (PDF – 402 KB)
Scott Barney tallied a pair of power-play goals as Hershey rebounded from its Game 1 loss to defeat Hamilton, 4-2, in Game 2 on Saturday night… Hamilton native Joey Tenute, sidelined due to injury since May 4, returned to the Bears lineup in Game 2 and recorded an assist… Frederic Cassivi is 6-1 (1.85, .936) in seven road games this postseason for Hershey… Bulldogs forward Corey Locke has recorded 13 points (6g, 7a) in nine home playoff contests… Defenseman Dan Jancevski tallied two assists in each of the series’ first two games for Hamilton… The Bears have outshot the Bulldogs by a 86-47 margin over Games 1 and 2… Hershey has scored at least one goal in 18 of its last 22 periods of play… When a Calder Cup Final series is tied at 1-1, the Game 3 winner has gone on to take the championship 70.0 percent of the time (21 of 30).


Scott Radley, Hamilton Spectator
If the Hamilton Bulldogs really want to win this thing, they’re going to have to remind themselves that Carey Price is still human. Letting Hershey outshoot them by huge margins – as they’ve done in both contests so far – may be great for helping build the 19-year-old rookie’s rapidly growing legend. But it isn’t going to lead to wins very often. Not against this Hershey team. Sure, it worked on Friday when Price was unconscious. But on Saturday, a clearly desperate group of Bears showed why they they’re the defending champs and why they’re back in the final. … Link

Garry McKay, Hamilton Spectator
The Hamilton Bulldogs will have to be more disciplined tonight or their Calder Cup dreams will go up in a puff of smoke. The Hershey Bears scored on two of their eight power-play opportunities Saturday to beat the Dogs 4-2 at the Giant Center. The result tied the Calder Cup final 1-1 with Game 3 tonight at 7:30 at Copps Coliseum. “We have a lot of confidence in our penalty killing but that’s just playing with fire,” said veteran Bulldogs winger Ajay Baines. … Link

Pat Hickey, Montreal Gazette
If Kyle Chipchura winds up in a Canadiens uniform next season, it won’t be because he can score goals or set up his linemates. It won’t be because he plays tenacious defence and is seldom out of position. And it won’t be because he has that intangible quality called character. It will be because he combines all those qualities that the Canadiens saw when they drafted him in the first round in 2004. “When you work with him, you understand why he has been the captain on almost every team he’s played for,” Hamilton Bulldogs head coach Don Lever said. … Link

Tarik El-Bashir, Washington Post
While the Ottawa Senators and Anaheim Ducks battle for the Stanley Cup, the eyes of Washington Capitals executives are fixed on another championship series. The Hershey Bears, Washington’s top minor league affiliate, are playing for a second consecutive American Hockey League title – and, perhaps more important, providing a glimmer of hope for their rebuilding parent club, which has finished last in the NHL’s Southeast Division three seasons running. “It’s been a struggle [in Washington] with the way things have gone,” said 21-year-old defenseman Mike Green, one of the Capitals’ brightest prospects. “Coming down here has helped my confidence and given me a taste of a winning atmosphere. It’s teaching all of us how to win in Washington.” … Link

Tim Leone, Harrisburg Patriot-News
Joey Tenute, his season most emphatically not over, is going home to play against the Hamilton Bulldogs in the Calder Cup final. “It’s going to be great,” Tenute said. “It’s kind of a crazy way that things ended up, but I’m happy that I could be back and I’m happy to be going back to Hamilton.” The kind of crazy part for the Hershey Bears centerman was a punctured lung and broken rib, suffered on May 4 courtesy of a J.F. Jacques hit in Game 2 of the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton series. Now we’ve entered the kind of storybook part. Tenute, originally declared done for 2006-07, healed quickly and returned to the lineup Saturday in Game 2 against Hamilton. … Link

Tim Leone, Hamilton Patriot-News
Head coach Bruce Boudreau probably should file for a union card after the overnight rebuilding job he did on his Hershey Bears. Multiple lineup and line changes worked wonders for the energized Bears, who rebounded from their Game 1 loss with a 4-2 Game 2 victory last night at Giant Center over the Hamilton Bulldogs. Three of four newly constituted lines contributed goals as Hershey tied the best-of-seven Calder Cup final 1-1. … Link

Patrick Williams, Slam Sports
The Hamilton Bulldogs’ path to a first-ever Calder Cup took a detour on Saturday night as the defending Calder Cup champion Hershey Bears regained their temporarily missing moxie and swagger. Hershey treated a stout sell-out crowd of 10,768 to a 4-2 win in Game 2 of the Calder Cup final to even up the best-of-seven series at a game apiece and finally made Bulldogs goaltender Carey Price in ending a run for the 19-year-old phenom in which he had limited opponents to all of five goals in his previous five playoff outings against the likes of the Bears and the run-and-gun Chicago Wolves. … Link 

Anton Volchenkov
(1g, 1a), Chris Kelly (2a), Chris Neil (1g), Antoine Vermette (1a), Christoph Schubert (1a) and Ray Emery (19 saves) helped Ottawa to a 5-3 win over Anaheim in Game 3 of the Stanley Cup Finals on Saturday… All six players were members of the Binghamton Senators’ 2005 East Division championship team.

0 – Calder Cups won by AHL teams based in Ontario… Including 2006-07, clubs in Hamilton, Toronto, Newmarket, St. Catharines and Cornwall have combined for 28 seasons of play.

June 4, 2005
Antero Niittymaki makes 48 saves and Patrick Sharp scores 3:50 into the second overtime as Philadelphia takes a 2-0 series lead with a 2-1 win at Chicago in Game 2 of the Calder Cup Finals.

June 4, 2004Darren Haydar scores at 8:54 of OT to give Milwaukee a 2-1 win at Wilkes-Barre/Scranton and a commanding 3-0 lead in the Calder Cup Finals.

June 4, 2003Tony Salmelainen records a goal and an assist and Ty Conklin makes 33 saves as Hamilton wins Game 3 of the Calder Cup Finals, 4-2 at Houston.

June 4, 2001 – The American Hockey League awards membership to the Chicago Wolves, Grand Rapids Griffins, Houston Aeros, Manitoba Moose, Milwaukee Admirals and Utah Grizzlies as the AHL becomes the sole top development league for the NHL.

June 4, 2000Derek Armstrong finishes with a goal and two assists and claims the Jack Butterfield Trophy as MVP of the playoffs as Hartford wins its first Calder Cup championship with a 4-1 win over Rochester in Game 6.

June 4, 1997Eric Messier, Eric Veilleux and Christian Matte each records a goal and an assist as Hershey opens the Calder Cup Finals with a 4-2 win over Hamilton.

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