Monday, June 08, 2009

Bears Just A Step Away

The Hershey Bears is just one game away from a Calder Cup championship over the Manitoba Moose and have a chance to win it at home on Tuesday night as they win game four 2-1. Keith Aucoin broke a 1-1 tie in the third with a power play goal. From there, Micheal Neuvirth took over the game with some magnificent saves to get the win and help the Bears to a three games to one lead in the series.

Neuvirth gave a little jump when the final horn sounded, and why shouldn't he. The rookie goaltender has been a big part of the Bears' rise to the finals. The last time the Bears were in this position, it was on the back of a grizzled veteran Fredric Cassivi. Neuvirth has been a key compontent in this possible championship run.

But the hardest part of closing out a series is closing out a series. The Hershey Bears are on the brink of not only winning the AHL's championship, but they have a chance to raise the Calder Cup at home. The Moose just want to win one more game to take it back to Manitoba and hopefully break the Bears' momentum.

Game five is on Tuesday night and there could be a chance that both the Stanley Cup and Calder Cup could be awarded on the same night. Game 4 highlights can be found here.

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