Bears defeat Firebirds in Sport 7 OT to win AHL’s Calder Cup

PALM DESERT, Calif. (AP) — Michael Vecchione scored off a rebound at 16:19 of extra time to offer the Hershey Bears their twelfth American Hockey League title, 3-2 over the enlargement Coachella Valley Firebirds in Sport 7 of the Calder Cup remaining Wednesday night time.

Connor McMichael and Hendrix Lapierre scored for Hershey within the second interval because the Washington Capitals’ high affiliate overcame a 2-0 deficit to tie it. Hunter Shepard made 45 saves for the Bears.

Hershey coach Todd Nelson received his second Calder Cup after guiding Grand Rapids to the 2017 title. He joined Bun Prepare dinner and John Paddock as the one head coaches to win Calder Cups with two groups.

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Defenseman Ryker Evans and captain Max McCormick scored for Coachella Valley and Joey Daccord made 35 saves. Seattle’s high farm membership, the Firebirds have been the primary to achieve the ultimate of their first season because the 2010 Texas Stars.

Evans opened the scoring at 4:41 of the primary interval, beating Shepard with a wrist shot off Andrew Poturalski’s cross from behind the aim.

McCormick made it 2-0 24 seconds into the second taking a cross-ice feed from Kole Lind and beating Shepard by the legs from shut vary for his 14th aim of the playoffs. Evans additionally assisted.

With McCormick off for tripping, Hershey reduce it to 2-1 on an influence play on McMichael’s aim with 6:08 left within the second. Mason Morelli obtained the puck throughout the crease for McMichael to jam in. Lapierre tied it with 2:51 remaining within the interval, tipping Vincent Iorio’s lengthy shot previous Daccord.