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Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Calder Cup finals coming to Texas

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

*-if necessary


ICEVET said...

The Cedar Park Barn is a great venue for AHL hockey, with great game-management. The Aeros might take a few hints on improvement in scoreboard management from the innovative and talented Stars organization.

Despite a record 7 OT playoff wins thus far, Hershey should prove to be less than invincible, when matached up against the well-coached and talented Stars...and there should be little doubt as to the Character of this Stars Team. While Brent Krahn will not be available for the Finals, Matt Climie has done an admirable job and continues to mature as a future NHL goalie. No doubt, Glen Gulutzan will continue to get the BEST performance out of his talented team, including Jamie Benn, the current Calder point leader, keeping his players focused on limited PIM.

Finally, in retrospect. the Stars have managed to accomplish what the 2008-9 Aeros failed to do in a Conference Final...win the final 2 games in the opponents barn. Unfortunately, notwithstanding Kevin Constantine's coaching ability, his team was not as talented as the current Stars and was ultimately done in by a ill- conceived travel schedule (including back-back games 1 and 2 in Winnipeg after a single day of rest) which favored a well-rested Manitoba Team.

artandhockey said...

Good feeling...Calder Cup may-nay will ;-D- return to Texas!
Go Stars.

Forecheck said...

Amazing since just a few years ago, Dallas had next to no talent in their farm system. Remember the Utah Grizzlies?

Maybe there's hope for the Aeros 3-5 years out.

BobbyR said...

Good luck to the Stars. If I would not be out of state that week on vacation, I would definitely head up to Cedar Park.