AHL: Game Recap: Hershey Bears vs Coachella Valley Firebirds

Hershey, PA: The Hershey Bears host the Coachella Valley Firebirds for game six of the Calder Cups Finals. Before the game the Bears were leading the series 3-2. Now during this series, the Firebirds won game one of the finals with a score of 3-2. The Bears then came back and won game 2 of the series with a score of 5-2. The Firebirds went on taking game 3 with the score of 6-2, even with the Bears being down a game in the series it did not discourage the Bears. They would then end up taking game 4 of the series with a score of 3-2 with winning that game it tied up the series. The Hershey Bears would also end up taking game 5 of the series with a score of 3-2. That put the Bears leading the series. The Goalie match up for game six of the series would be Chris Driedger vs Hunter Shepard. During the Calder Cup Playoffs Driedger played 18 games during the playoffs, with 48 goals allowed and a save percentage of 0.906. Shepard played 20 games during the playoffs, with 5o goals allowed and a save percentage of 0.910. The Firebirds would strike early in the game with a goal by Ryan Winterton with Cameron Hughes and Shane Wright assisting the goal at 1:32 in the first period. Pierrick Dube would then end up tying the games by scoring with Hendrix Lapierre and Joe Snively assisting the goal at 5:15 in the first period.

Then at 19:24 in the first period the Bears would take the lead by Hendrix Lapierre scoring the goal and Chase Priskie assisting the goal. Early on in the second period the Firebirds would then tie up the game at 1:51 with Marian Studenic scoring the goal, with Devin Shore and Jimmy Schuldt assisting the goal. They would also end up scoring again and taking the lead at 7:59 with Ryan Winterton scoring the goal and Cameron Hughes and Shane Wright assisting the goal. The Bears wouldn’t let that lead go on for much longer when Pierrick Dube scores again at 13:52 with Alex Limoges and Jimmy Huntington assisting the goal. During the third period Pierrick Dube would end up achieving a hat trick during the third period with Alex Limoges assisting the goal which would make the Bears lead the game with the score of 4-3. Cale Fleury would then tie up the game at 17:05 in the third period pushing the game into Overtime. Cameron Hughes and Shane Wright would also be assisting this goal as well. During the very stressful over time period Matt Strome would end up scoring the game winning goal for the Hershey Bears making them back-to-back Calder Cup Champions. Riley Sutter and Bogdan Trineyev would end up assisting Strome on the Game winning goal that won it all.

Three Stars of The Game-

First Star– Matt Strome

Second Star– Pierrick Dube

Third Star- Alex Limoges

Penalties-

  • 1st-CV: Connor Carrick (Interference)
  • 1st-HER: Pierrick Dube (Cross-Checking)
  • 1st-CV: Jacob Melanson(Cross-Checking)
  • 1st-HER: Pierrick Dube (Diving/Embellishment)
  • 3rd-CV: Cameron Hughes (High-Sticking)

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