In front of their hometown fans in tonight’s game six, Hershey showed up to play, holding a huge edge in puck-possession time. But, as head coach Mark French would later say, the Bears’ effort those first 40 minutes was “misdirected.” Manchester had a 24-13 shot advantage, and the Bears only managed 4 shots on goal in the first. Despite owning the puck much less, the Monarchs took what seemed like an insurmountable 2-0 lead heading into the third period.
Like they have all year, the Bears came back harder in the third and won their 7th overtime game of the playoffs (an AHL record). The Chocolate and White now advance to the Calder Cup Finals for the fourth time in five years and will face the winner of the Hamilton Bulldogs (MON)/Texas Stars (DAL) series! WOOOOOOOOOO!!
You know what? It’s been too long. Let’s play the bullets:
The Bears will now get some much needed and much deserved time off. We will have coverage of every game of the Calder Cup Finals as Kyle will be traveling with the team. Their parent club may be done for the year, but the Hershey Bears continue to demonstrate the spirit that makes this organization the most exciting in hockey right now.
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