Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The AHL Final Four Are Set

Last night saw the Texas Star's win in OT over the Chicago Wolves, the 6-5 game 7 win was all that needed to be settled before the east and west finals get started.

Tonight sees the Hershey Bears (Washington Capitals) and Manchester Monarchs (LA Kings) set to square off for the East title. The Bears have actually had 12 straight days of rest after sweeping away Albany in the 2nd round, where as Manchester dispatched Worcester (San Jose Sharks) last Friday.

Eastern Conference Finals
E1-Hershey Bears vs. A3-Manchester Monarchs
Game 1 – Wed., May 12 – Manchester at Hershey, 7:00
Game 2 – Sat., May 15 – Manchester at Hershey, 7:00
Game 3 – Mon., May 17 – Hershey at Manchester, 7:00
Game 4 – Tue., May 18 – Hershey at Manchester, 7:00
*Game 5 – Thu., May 20 – Hershey at Manchester, 7:00
*Game 6 – Sat., May 22 – Manchester at Hershey, 7:00
*Game 7 – Sun., May 23 – Manchester at Hershey, 5:00

For those following at home; here are the guys from each roster with meaningful AHL minutes this year.

Hershey: Michal Neuvirth, Karl Alzner, John Carlson, Keith Aucoin, Alexandre Giroux, Matheiu Perreault
Manchester: Oscal Moller, Johnathan Bernier

Now for the Western Conference Finals, where the Texas Stars (Dallas Stars), in their first year of league play, have reached the final four, facing off against the 2nd best team in the regular season, the Hamilton Bulldogs (Montreal Canadiens).

Western Conference Finals
N1-Hamilton Bulldogs vs. W2-Texas Stars
Game 1 – Fri., May 14 – Texas at Hamilton, 7:30
Game 2 – Sun., May 16 – Texas at Hamilton, 2:00
Game 3 – Wed., May 19 – Hamilton at Texas, 8:30
Game 4 – Fri., May 21 – Hamilton at Texas, 8:30
*Game 5 – Sat., May 22 – Hamilton at Texas, 8:00
*Game 6 – Mon., May 24 – Texas at Hamilton, 7:30
*Game 7 – Wed., May 26 – Texas at Hamilton, 7:30

Now Hamilton is currently without the services of P.K. Subban, who is currently leading a dismantled defensive corps in Montreal, but have plenty of other options.  Here are the guys on these squads with some NHL minutes.

Hamilton: Ryan White, Yannick Weber
Texas Stars: Jamie Benn, Raymond Sawada, Warren Peters, Francis Wathier

All this just in case you cared.

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