The Hershey Bears hit the ice again on Thursday after nearly a week off, opening the Calder Cup Finals against the Coachella Valley Firebirds.
The Firebirds, the AHL affiliate of the Seattle Kraken, defeated the Milwaukee Admirals on Monday, advancing out of the Western Conference in six games. They were the second-best team during the league’s regular season, finishing with 103 points.
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Led by Kole Lind with 23 points, the Firebirds are the best scoring team to date in the Calder Cup Playoffs. Lind, as well as forwards Max McCormick, Cameron Hughes and Alexander True and defenseman Ryker Evans, hold the top five spots league-wide in playoff scoring.
Goalie Joey Daccord, who has played in 19 games this postseason, carries a 2.37 goals against average for Coachella Valley — ranking eighth among playoff goaltenders. In Hershey however, goalie Hunter Shepard has a sub-2 GAA and enters the Finals after shutting out the Rochester Americans in Game 6.
Offensively, center Aliaksei Protas is the Bears’ scoring leader with 12 points. Along with winger Mason Morelli, the two are tied for the team lead with five goals.
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Here’s the schedule for the Calder Cup Finals (all times Eastern):
Game 1: Thursday, June 8 at Coachella Valley, 10 p.m.
Game 2: Saturday, June 10 at Coachella Valley, 10 p.m.
Game 3: Tuesday, June 13 at Hershey, 7 p.m.
Game 4: Thursday, June 15 at Hershey, 7 p.m.
Game 5*: Saturday, June 17 at Hershey, 7 p.m.
Game 6*: Monday, June 19 at Coachella Valley, 10 p.m.
Game 7*: Wednesday, June 21 at Coachella Valley, 10 p.m.
How To Watch
NBC Sports Washington will simulcast the series, partnering with Pennsylvania-based FOX43.
Fans can also subscribe to AHLTV to tune in. A single-day pass starts at $8.99, while an all-access subscription starts at $29.99.