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Hershey's Repeat Bid Ends

The Hamilton Bulldogs knocked off the reigning AHL champion Bears, 2-1, to claim the franchise's first Calder Cup last night. The Montreal Canadiens' farm club took the series, four games to one, in front of 14,205 at Copps Coliseum.

A disappointing end, for sure. But, in the grand scheme of things, perhaps another long playoff run -- and the sting of coming up just short -- will prove to be a valuable experience for top prospects Mike Green, Tomas Fleischmann, Jeff Schultz.

Read Mike Vogel's gamer here.

By Tarik El-Bashir  |  June 8, 2007; 9:17 AM ET
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Oh well, it was a great run for the bears. To get in the finals two years in a row is not bad. On to the draft and developmental camp. 06-07 is done and and a great 07-08 beckons!

Posted by: A Hardwick | June 8, 2007 9:40 AM | Report abuse

I just thought it was interesting that the Calder Cup playoffs lasted longer than the Stanley Cup playoffs. Something seems a bit wrong with that.

Posted by: Larry | June 8, 2007 11:19 AM | Report abuse

Damn! I was hoping to go on another trip to Hershey to see the Bears. Have to wait until next year.

Posted by: the cheat | June 8, 2007 11:28 AM | Report abuse

No it's normal. The AHL starts their season later than the NHL, I think.

Posted by: Mofo | June 8, 2007 11:29 AM | Report abuse

I was at the game. Bears did not look good. Best players were Schultz and Flieshmann. Steckel was aweful. He took 2 minor pentalies in the last 5 mins.

Posted by: Brad | June 8, 2007 11:57 AM | Report abuse

Last year the Bears won the Calder Cup, summer discussion was about how key Bear players - Green, Flash, Klepis - would take the next step with the Caps and make a difference, then during the Caps season the Bear newbies made no meaningful contribution to the Caps and failed to show they definitely belonged in the NHL.

This year history does not repeat itself. The Bears lose in the finals for the Calder Cup, but perhaps also key Bear contributors - Green, Schultz, Flash, Klepis - will make a meaningful contribution to the Caps and show they belong in the NHL.

Posted by: Monty | June 8, 2007 1:34 PM | Report abuse

The lack of scoring by the Bears (based on Vogel's writeup) is a concern. If they are not scoring in the AHL, then they probably won't score in the NHL.

Posted by: Peter | June 8, 2007 5:04 PM | Report abuse

Easy there, get off the ledge. They didn't score for one series.

Nah, you're probably right. Let's trade them all for some nuclear waste and some asbestos.

Posted by: Joe Bob | June 8, 2007 5:35 PM | Report abuse

The lack of scoring might also have had something to do with the fact that they're facing a goalie who is the best in the AHL, and has been compared to Patrick Roy.

Posted by: Scott | June 9, 2007 10:49 AM | Report abuse

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