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Admirals forward Libor Pivko (right) shakes hands with Hershey goaltender Frederic Cassivi after Thursday's season-ending game.
Thursday night, for the third game in a row, the Hershey Bears jumped out to a four-goal lead over Nashville's minor-league affiliate the Milwaukee Admirals and held on for the win in the American Hockey League's Calder Cup Finals. This time, however, Milwaukee's loss--by a 5-1 score--was its last of the season. Hershey ended the Admirals' thrilling playoff run and captured the Calder Cup title, winning the best-of-seven final series four games to two.
Forward Darren Haydar scored Milwaukee's lone goal, netting his league-leading 18th tally of the playoffs. Admirals goaltender Pekka Rinne was pulled after allowing two goals on four shots. His replacement, Brian Finley, stopped 16 of 19 shots in just over 54 minutes of work.
Milwaukee's march to the finals was impressive. After opening the playoffs with a seven-game series against Iowa, the Admirals received reinforcements Jordin Tootoo, Scottie Upshall, Shea Weber and Rinne from its knocked-out parent club. The Ads went on to sweep the next two series, advancing past the Houston Aeros and the Grand Rapids Griffins. Milwaukee won Games 1 and 3 of the Calder Cup Finals against Hershey, but the Bears wrapped up the title by adding three consecutive victories to a Game 2 win.
Link: Official Milwaukee Admirals Web site