Friday, June 08, 2007

AHL Playoffs: Finals

The AHL Playoffs have completed. The Hamilton Bulldogs have won the Calder Cup. Look back at the first round, second round and third round results. Here is the summary of the final series:

Hamilton Bulldogs defeat Hershey Bears four games to one Hershey, the Washington Capitals minor league affiliate, is the defending Calder Cup champion. They lead the AHL in points in the 2006/07 season and seemed a good candidate to win the Calder Cup. They are lead by Tomas Fleischmann and Scott Barney offensively, with Mike Green, Kyle Wilson, Jakub Klepis and Dave Steckel all making significant contributions. They have a solid proven goalie in Frederic Cassivi. Hamilton, Montreal's affiliate, finished 3rd in the North Division and would not have been a serious Calder Cup contender unless they added goaltender Carey Price. Price joined them with two games left in the regular season and went on to lead them to the championship. He posted a .937 saves percentage and a 2.06 GAA on his way to winning the Jack Butterfield Trophy as playoff MVP. Hamilton's other key players included Corey Locke, Dan Jancevski, Kyle Chipchura, Matt D'Agostini, Andre Benoit and Duncan Milroy. Hamilton managed to ride the hot goaltending of Carey Price to the Calder Cup. Price must be considered a top contender for the rookie of the year in the NHL next year.

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