Calder Cup 2004 Final Preview

Calder Cup Final – Series “O”
W1-Milwaukee Admirals vs.
E3-Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins

Game 1
Tue., June 1
Wilkes-Barre at Milwaukee, 7:00 CT
Game 2
Wed., June 2
Wilkes-Barre at Milwaukee, 7:00 CT
Game 3
Fri., June 4
Milwaukee at Wilkes-Barre, 7:05 ET
Game 4
Sun., June 6
Milwaukee at Wilkes-Barre, 5:05 ET
Game 5
Mon., June 7
Milwaukee at Wilkes-Barre, 7:05 ET (if necessary)
Game 6
Fri., June 11
Wilkes-Barre at Milwaukee, 7:00 CT (if necessary)
Game 7
Sat., June 12
Wilkes-Barre at Milwaukee, 7:00 CT (if necessary)

Regular Season Comparison
Goals for269197
Goals against191197
PP% (rank)15.6 (11)14.8 (17)
PK% (rank)86.3 (11)80.3 (27)

Calder Cup Playoff History
Record (games)14-1028-19
Record (series)4-17-2
OT record5-110-6
Calder Cup titles00
Losing finalist01 (2001)

2003-04 Regular Season Series
Did Not Play

2004 Playoff Comparison
Goals for56 (3.11)59 (2.95)
Goals against39 (2.17)50 (2.50)
Power play19/126 (15.1%)16/111 (14.4%)
Penalty kill10/92 (89.1%)9/86 (89.5%)
Top scorersHaydar, 8+10=18
Hrkac, 7+8=15
Gamache, 4+11=15
Kostopoulos, 7+13=20
Surovy, 5+10=15
Koltsov, 4+11=15
Top goalieFlaherty, 12-5, 1.95Chiodo, 9-4, 1.78
One-goal games6-37-5
Scoring first8-110-3
Leading after 1st6-06-3
Leading after 2nd9-06-0
Trailing after 1st1-42-4
Trailing after 2nd1-61-6
Outshooting opp.8-38-5

The 68th Calder Cup Final pits Milwaukee against Wilkes-Barre/Scranton in a best-of-seven series… Wilkes-Barre faces the Admirals, who finished first overall in the regular season, after having already beaten the fourth-, third- and second-place teams in the AHL in 2003-04… The Penguins won the Eastern Conference by becoming the second team in AHL history to win two Game Sevens on the road in the same playoff year… The Admirals have been off since wrapping up the Western Conference with a Game 5 win in Rochester on May 26… Tom Kostopoulos, Toby Petersen and Eric Meloche are the only players remaining from the Penguins’ 2001 Cup Final team… Milwaukee last reached a league championship series in 1983, when the Admirals lost in the IHL’s Turner Cup Final… Both teams’ head coaches – Claude Noel of Milwaukee and Michel Therrien of Wilkes-Barre – won a Calder Cup title in their playing days.