The Texas Stars are squeezing every last drop out of their impressive inaugural season, beating the Hamilton Bulldogs in an exciting game 7 tonight.
They'll advance to the Calder Cup Finals now against Eastern Conference champs and Calder Cup defending Hershey Bears.
Honestly, I really thought Texas was going to have their tushies handed to them tonight, what with some serious gamers coming down from Montreal. But in spite of being outshot mercilessly in the first two periods, and down 2-0 early in the game, the Stars racked up 3 goals in the third period to send the stunned Bulldogs home for the summer.
So, now they face a Hershey team that, frankly, I'd put up against NHL teams. They're just really really good. But who knows? The Stars seem to have something special going and Hershey's been sitting around for ages after ousting Manchester.
The stupid thing is that, because of a circus in Hershey, the series will not start for 8 days on June 3. Terrible. And imagine how the ice will be up there in June and with circus filth. Oh well. That's minor league hockey for ya.
Anyway, I'm sure we'll have some folks making the trip to Cedar Park to catch the best of the best in the AHL duking it out. If you haven't been to CP yet for a game, go for it (though I'd plan ahead for tickets). It's a really nice, intimate barn and should be rocking pretty hard when the series moves to Texas.
Check out our friend HundredDegreeHockey for all the Stars news, and here's the series schedule (times are Central):
Game 1 – Thu., June 3 – Texas at Hershey, 6:00 pm
Game 2 – Sat., June 5 – Texas at Hershey, 6:00 pm
Game 3 – Mon., June 7 – Hershey at Texas, 7:30 pm
Game 4 – Wed., June 9 – Hershey at Texas, 7:30 pm
*Game 5 – Fri., June 11 – Hershey at Texas, 7:30 pm
*Game 6 – Mon., June 14 – Texas at Hershey, 6:00 pm
*Game 7 – Wed., June 16 – Texas at Hershey, 6:00 pm