Capitals prospects defeat Portland Pirates in seven games
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Hershey Bears, the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Washington Capitals, beat the Portland Pirates last night in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals and will face the Milwaukee Admirals in the Calder Cup finals beginning on Friday, June 2, in Milwaukee.
The Bears, seeking their ninth Calder Cup championship and first since 1997, captured the AHL’s Richard F. Canning Trophy with last night’s victory against the Pirates. The victory came in overtime on the second goal of the game by Eric Fehr, the Capitals’ first-round draft pick in 2003.
Hershey extends its own AHL record by appearing in the Calder Cup finals for the 19th time in franchise history. The Capitals franchise boasts finalists for both the NHL’s Calder Trophy (Alex Ovechkin) and AHL’s Calder Cup; the Atlanta Thrashers were the last team to win both in one year, in 2002 (when Dany Heatley won the Calder Trophy and the Chicago Wolves won the Calder Cup).
Twenty-two Capitals prospects have seen action for the Bears during their playoff run, including 15 players who appeared in at least one game with the Capitals in 2005-06. The Bears’ roster includes seven players who were first-round NHL draft picks, including Capitals’ first-round picks from 2004 (Mike Green and Jeff Schultz), 2003 (Fehr), 2002 (Boyd Gordon) and 1999 (Kris Beech).
Goaltender Frederic Cassivi has a 2.00 goals-against average (third in the AHL) and a .932 save percentage (tied for third) in his league-leading 12 playoff wins. Three Bears have averaged at least a point per game in the playoffs, led by left wing Tomas Fleischmann, who ranks third in the AHL with 23 points (nine goals, 14 assists) in 14 games. Beech, who played for Milwaukee before being acquired by the Capitals on March 9, has 19 points (eight goals, 11 assists) in 15 games, while forward Graham Mink has 18 points (eight goals, 10 assists) in 15 games. Center Dave Steckel shares the team lead in goals with Fleischmann (nine), while Green leads Hershey defensemen and ranks third among AHL defensemen with 12 points (two goals, 10 assists).
Capitals fans can follow the Calder Cup playoff action at WashingtonCaps.com or CalderCup.com and can listen to live audio of the Bears’ games at HersheyBears.com. Tickets for Games 3, 4 and 5 of the Calder Cup finals are available by calling 717-534-3911.
Capitals season tickets and partial plans are available by calling 202-266-CAPS. Plan holders can also take advantage of the Caps PowerPay option – monthly payments with no fees or charges. Visit WashingtonCaps.com for additional ordering and ticket information.
|AHL Calder Cup Finals Schedule |
|Fri. June 2 ||Game 1: Hershey at Milwaukee 8 p.m. ET |
|Sat., June 3 ||Game 2: Hershey at Milwaukee 8 p.m. ET |
|Sat., June 10 ||Game 3: Milwaukee at Hershey 7 p.m. ET |
|Sun., June 11 ||Game 4: Milwaukee at Hershey 6 p.m. ET |
|*Tues., June 13 ||Game 5: Milwaukee at Hershey 7 p.m. ET |
|*Thurs., June 15 ||Game 6: Hershey at Milwaukee 8 p.m. ET |
|*Sat., June 17 ||Game 7: Hershey at Milwaukee 8 p.m. ET |
| * If necessary || |